Juventus – Atlético Madrid: Allegri’s masterful game plan and a Ronaldo hat trick lead Juventus into the quarter finals (3-0)
Juventus completed a spectacular comeback against Atlético. In the first sixty minutes of the game, Juventus players executed Allegri’s masterplan to perfection, overwhelming Atlético with crosses and winning second balls. Simeone evened out the tables in a cagey final half hour in which both teams mostly nullified each other, but a late penalty allowed Ronaldo to score his third goal of the night, and Juventus their way into the quarter finals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jose Pérez.
After Atlético defeated Juventus in the first leg with a spectacular performance, things have been going well for both teams in their respective leagues over the last three weeks. Juventus continued to dominate their league with an iron fist, winning all three of their matches, including one against closest persecutor Napoli. Atlético hit one of their better runs of form in the season themselves, winning three games in a row with the goal scoring punch of newcomer Álvaro Morata.
For this big night, Juventus lined up in a nominal 4-3-3 formation, which took up a 3-4-3 shape in the offense (more on that later). The goal of Wojciech Szczęsny was defended by a back four of Leonardo Spinazzola, Leo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and João Cancelo. Spinazzola played as left back with Alex Sandro suspended and Mattia De Sciglio injured. In midfield started the trio of Miralem Pjanić, Emre Can and Blaise Matuidi. Up front, a forward trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandžukić, with Paulo Dybala left on the bench this time.
Atlético lined up in their usual 4-4-2 shape, both in defense and offense. The goal of Jan . . .