Juventus – Chievo Verona: Clash Of Polar Opposites Ends As Expected (3-0)

This was a routine victory for Juventus, with a host of missed chances from Cristiano Ronaldo doing nothing to change the inevitable outcome. Chievo deserve praise for staying in the game as long as they could, and playing with a sense of pride that made them no rollovers — but the gap in individual quality between the two sides tells its own story.

Tactical analysis by Martyn Davis.

Juventus made three changes from their victory over AC Milan in the final of the Italian Super Cup. Wojciech Szczęsny was replaced in goal by Mattia Perin. Leonardo Bonucci made way for Daniele Rugani while Mattia De Sciglio played instead of João Cancelo. Miralem Pjanić and Rodrigo Bentancur were replaced by Federico Bernardeschi and Emre Can. Allegri’s famous rotation policy at work, clearly...

Chievo made three changes. Federico Barba, Valter Birsa and Filip Đorđević made way for Nenad Tomović, Sofian Kiyine and Riccardo Meggiorini. The back four that they had used in their victory over Frosinone was scrapped in favour of a back three.

Fluid Juventus pose colossal challenge for hard working Chievo

Juventus set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in possession, with Ronaldo as the striking focal point and a fluid attacking trio of Bernardeschi, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa supporting from behind. Blaise Matuidi and Can formed a steady midfield two that sat deeper.  

Juve’s 4-2-3-1 formation in possession, Chievo tried to halt them in a 5-2-3 shape. 

There was a slight lopsidedness in their attacking play as Alex Sandro showed far more attacking intent at left back, while De Sciglio . . .

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Martyn Davis (20) is an aspiring coach and analyst who spends his time reading, learning and — more recently — writing about football tactics. He is a Liverpool fan who primarily watches the Premier League but tries to broaden his tactical horizons by watching as many different leagues and teams as possible. He writes for his own football blog as well as Between the Posts. [ View all posts ]

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