Juventus – Torino: Torino Lose Two Points In Derby Della Mole (1-1)
For a team already crowned Serie A champions, Juventus have been playing some incredibly bad football recently. In this derby, Torino were leading up until the 85th minute, controlling Juventus and allowing very little chances. Guess who came through with a goal out of the blue to prevent a home loss against the city rivals?
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
The Derby della Mole has been a cakewalk for Juventus in the past few seasons. They won six of the last seven editions, drawing the other. Torino came into this match as Italy’s hot team however, having lost just one of their last fourteen domestic league fixtures, and with Juventus already having claimed the scudetto, one could think a little surprise might be on the cards.
A quite sad side story to this derby is that it was played a day before the seventieth anniversary of the Superga disaster. On the 4th of May in 1949, a plane with Il Grande Torino aboard crashed on the Superga hill, east of the city of Turin. All 31 people aboard died. This is also the reason this match was not played on Saturday, but on Friday evening.
Juventus had some serious personnel problems, most notably on offense, as Massimiliano Allegri could not field Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandžukić, Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira, Alex Sandro, Daniele Rugani and Martín Cáceres. Some starters and some role players that typically do feature in these kinds of matches.
As a result, Juventus started the match in a flat 4-4-2 formation with Wojciech Szczęsny in goal, defended . . .