Juventus – Atlético Madrid: Both Teams Dominate One Half But The Hosts Narrowly Edge It (1-0)
Juventus and Atlético Madrid each clearly dominated one half, but also displayed their repeated issues to convert dominance into chances. Eventually, Juventus edged the game with a Paulo Dybala free kick rocket, securing the group’s top spot and showing a positive response - at least results-wise - to the questions raised after recent struggles.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Years ago, Juventus against Atlético Madrid would have been labeled as a defensive masterclass, a clash between two insurmountable walls. The defensive aspects of both teams would have been underlined, while most casual fans would dismiss the match due to its tendency for a slow pace.
However, when Simeone and Allegri met in last year’s Champions League round of sixteen, the game took a turn of events previous games would not have suggested in the slightest. Five goals in two matches and a display of aggressiveness without the ball were reminiscent of Atlético Madrid’s old days, but new to Juventus’ low rhythm football. All of this made for an intense 180 minutes of football.
Both teams took a further step in the attacking direction in the latest face-off when a 2-2 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano displayed the change in style both teams were undergoing. In a game where long possession spells held no secondary . . .