Internazionale – Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo Saves Point For Juventus In Old School Serie A Game (1-1)
After surviving early pressure from Internazionale and struggling to break their medium block 4-4-2 shape, Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a point for Juventus in the Derby d'Italia. A tight matchup between two of Italy’s best teams, which showcased their defensive abilities more than their offensive.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Juventus are out of the Champions League and Coppa Italia, but have also already laid claim to this season’s scudetto. One could therefore argue the upcoming games for Juventus are not of great importance, and maybe, that is even a fair argument to make.
Despite this, Juve have a huge say in who will join them competing in Europe’s elite competition next season, with AS Roma and Atalanta still left on their schedule. Internazionale are right in the mix, going into this match three points ahead of fourth place. A victory would guarantee them another shot Champions League campaign next season, ten years after their famous treble under José Mourinho.
Luciano Spalletti has consistently used the 4-2-3-1 system with his Inter side, well capable of retaining possession and getting in good crossing positions. Just two changes in their starting lineup, but both players massively important going forward. Borja Valero was replaced in center-midfield for Marcelo Brozović returning from injury, whilst Mauro Icardi came in for Lautaro Martínez.
Massimiliano Allegri often changes the Juventus formation. This time, he opted for a 4-4-2 formation. His only swap came at the back, where Daniele Rugani was replaced by the returning Giorgio Chiellini. The veteran central defender had been a huge miss in the past few matches, against Ajax especially . . .