Juventus – Torino: Juve’s Rotations Open Up A Brave Torino Inside Out (4-1)
Juve had no plans of losing the derby, as they took the lead two minutes into the game and went on to push for a strong offensive performance. Torino did not slack either, troubling Juve’s defense and putting up a gallant fight. Ultimately, the visitors’ efforts were not enough, as Ronaldo’s free-kick and an own goal left Torino empty-handed once more in the Derby della Mole.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
With no fans attending the stadiums, visiting sides are no longer intimidated by the roaring supporters, erasing the hosts’ past benefits. With this edition of Juventus versus Torino taking place at the Allianz Stadium, it might be useful to make an additional observation. In two of Torino’s last three visits to the reigning Champions’ home, they were able to snatch draws, while their results at the Stadio Grande Torino have only included losses.
Perhaps, derbies have always been more likely to sway away from the linearity of home field advantage. Given the emotional attachment these games carry, it is highly unlikely for a rival team to enter the pitch and capitulate to the home fans’ roars.
Thus, if not for the atmosphere, the Turin derby should have met the usual expectations fans have been accustomed to: an aggressive and tireless Torino side looking to disrupt each and every one of Juve’s touches. On the other hand, with the game being played at five PM on a hot July afternoon, questions still surrounded the feasibility of a high-intensity approach and whether that would not lead to an utter collapse after the first half.
Maurizio Sarri chose to start the . . .