Juventus – AS Roma: Trademark Juventus see off Serie A rival thanks to another Mandžukić back-post header (1-0)
Juventus had to fight until the end, but still the Serie A win over AS Roma was relatively straightforward for them. Their collective and individual superiority was there for all to see. Patrik Schick had a rough old time up against veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini whilst Roma’s defense could not handle the aerial prowess posed by Mario Mandžukić and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Allegri made two changes to the side that earned a similar 1-0 victory in the Turin derby last weekend. Wojciech Szczęsny came in for Mattia Perin and the talented Argentine midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur replaced Emre Can.
Edin Džeko was still not deemed fit enough to start for Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma side. The under-pressure manager fielded two changes, with Justin Kluivert replaced by Schick, and Juan Jesus by Aleksandar Kolarov. The manager maintained the three-at-the-back setup that earned them an eventful 3-2 victory at home to Genoa last week. This time, however, instead of a 3-4-3, it looked much more like a 3-5-2 formation – Schick being the target man.
Roma’s possession setup against Juve’s 4-3-3 formation.
Juventus not impressed by Roma’s high press
Di Francesco’s straightforward 3-4-1-2 defensive structure simply aimed to man-mark Juventus. In the opening phase of the match, Roma pressed as high as they possibly could and were impressive, not only in their aggression, but in their organization too.
The problem for Roma was that Juve always seemed to have an answer, even if it was not a concrete one. The . . .