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Juventus – Manchester United: United’s undeserved win covers up repeating defensive problems (1-2)

The free-roaming forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala never gave United’s midfield a moment’s rest, whilst the ever-brilliant Rodrigo Bentancur continued to shine, this time in a more rigid, advanced role. Despite their dominance, in the most un-Juventus of ways, Max Allegri’s side managed to surrender their one-goal lead inside the final ten minutes to gift United the victory.

José Mourinho made two changes to the side that also came from behind to win at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. It saw welcome returns for Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard, both of whom had been sidelined through injury since their Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County back in September.

Most likely for rotational reasons, Max Allegri made three changes himself, following Juventus’ 3-1 victory over Cagliari at the weekend. Giorgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira and Juan Cuadrado came in to replace Medhi Benatia, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa respectively.

Juventus' flexible 4-3-3 in possession, against Manchester United's 4-1-4-1 defensive organization


Key changes to Juventus’ possession structure and approach

Juve’s possession against United struck many similarities between this game and the previous encounter between the two sides. A couple of minor tweaks were put into place nonetheless.

The first notable change in approach was that Juventus did not focus play down one side. In the first leg, United’s right side had been targeted as the flank . . .

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]

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