Juventus – AC Milan: Individual Errors Decisive as Juventus Scrape Past Milan (2-1)

Second half changes from Massimiliano Allegri helped Juventus come back from 1-0 down against AC Milan. The decisive moments leading to the goals in the game came from individual errors by defenders, including the winner, scored by Moise Kean.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

Juventus came into this game almost certainly having an eye on their midweek Champions League quarter-final clash against Ajax, given that the Serie A is effectively theirs. In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Massimiliano Allegri elected to start with a forward pairing of Mario Mandžukić and Paulo Dybala in a 3-5-2 formation. This also saw Federico Bernardeschi start in a central midfield role, and Alex Sandro as the left center-back.

Three games without a win for AC Milan prior to this game left hem in danger of losing their top four place in Serie A. Milan set up in a 4-3-3 formation with prolific striker Krzysztof Piatek leading the line up front. Either side of him were Suso and Fabio Borini while the midfield was anchored by Tiemoué Bakayoko and completed by Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Franck Kessié.

Juve's nominal positioning and movements in possession, pitted against AC Milan's 4-1-4-1 block. 

Juventus end the first half with one (!) shot
Allegri’s team played an extremely unfruitful first half, as it took until stoppage time to register their first shot of the game altogether. Their possession game was not necessarily terrible in terms of its structure, but there seemed to be a lack of intensity and cutting edge to their play. A complete lack of verticality was . . .

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Josh Manley (20) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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