Juventus – Sampdoria: Video Assistant Referee saves Juventus against Sampdoria (2-1)
After scoring an early goal, Juventus looked as if they were easily cruising towards three more points to add to their already impressive league tally. The Video Assistant Referee decided against that scenario, as both teams got some help at different stages in the match. Most notably, Sampdoria’s equalizer in stoppage time got ruled out, which meant Juventus took the win in the end.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
When a team is dominating the league like Juventus in this season’s Serie A or PSG in Ligue 1, you sometimes wonder where the fun is in watching and covering matches like these. It’s a logical thought, but a wrong one.
We can still see how talented players from opposing teams fare up against Europe’s elite level, and from time to time, a little surprise occurs. Little spoiler: this game against Sampdoria did not prove to be easy cruising for Juventus.
Sampdoria are no minnows anyway, sitting sixth in Serie A. To beat them, Allegri pulled off another one of his 4-3-3 formations that yields a lot of positional freedom for his three forwards - in this case Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandžukić and Paulo Dybala. João Cancelo is injured, while Leonardo Bonucci and Wojciech Szczęsny were rested, which made Juve’s defense the most heavily rotated line.
Under Marco Giampaolo, Sampdoria always play a 4-3-1-2 formation in which the opponent can be pressed over the full width of the pitch. Veteran Fabio Quagliarella is still poaching his way to goals up top, while the midfield consists of four hard-running dynamo’s that can play some football as well.
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