Fiorentina – Juventus: Montella’s Excellent Game Plan Not Rewarded With A Win (0-0)
An excellent performance from Fiorentina ended in an unlucky draw, as Juventus were uninfluential the entire match. A draw was more than Juve deserved here. As a result, Fiorentina’s streak of good displays is still not backed up by points, as their hunt for a first victory continues.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Juventus came into this game on the back of two victories that shared one big problematic issue: the second half performances. Against both Parma and Napoli, Sarri’s men had followed great first halves with disappointing displays after the break. Initially, many thought it might be due to the physical condition. However, in Sarri’s pre-match conference for Fiorentina versus Juventus, the manager unfolded statistics that showed how Juventus had not suffered a drop in intensity from one half to another. He went on to say that what had occurred was down to mental conditions and situations that have to be worked on, indicating that it might be simply a matter of time and coaching.
Vincenzo Montella, after years of underperformance, is attempting to make his career finally take the turn many spectators expected when the manager first came into the spotlight at Fiorentina. Now, four years later, Montella is back in Florence, hoping to leave the same mark as to when his side finished fourth in Serie A for three consecutive seasons between 2012 and 2015.
Fiorentina versus Juventus is a match that the Tuscan fans live quite emotionally. In . . .