Juventus – Atalanta Bergamo: Both Teams Shine In Different Ways But Fail To Create Quality Chances (1-1)
Juventus consistently bypassed Atalanta’s high press throughout the game but watched as they went behind from a corner in the first half. Allegri responded with quick substitutions that changed the look of his team twice over and allowed Juventus to save the result.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
The last two Serie A seasons brought hope that the black and white juggernaut could be stopped or, at least, pushed to the limit. In 2016/17, AS Roma and Napoli recorded 87 and 86 points, respectively, forcing Juventus to manage 91 of their own to win the title. The following campaign, Maurizio Sarri reached the peak of his project at Napoli, allowing him to top the table for large portions of the season and collect 91 points. As the final stretch of 2018/19 came into view, Napoli’s lack of rotation and depth doomed them, and they lost the war of attrition by failing to win only two games more.
There was no such competitiveness this season. With the departure of Sarri, the loss of key players like Jorginho, and the decline of others like Marek Hamšík, Juventus created an unassailable lead in the early stages of Serie A. The lack of title race drama, however, did not lead to a “boring” season.
As things stood on the 36th matchday, the battle for the European places was hotly contested. Both Milans, along with Atalanta, Roma, Torino, and Lazio, were all within touching distance of a Champions League or Europa League spot if things went their way. Hence, while Juventus had nothing to fight for, this match had great significance for Atalanta . . .