Sampdoria – Juventus: Pirlo’s Men Take An Important Win Against Harmless Sampdoria (0-2)

In their attempt to keep on putting pressure to the two Milan sides in their title hunt, Juventus took an important win in Genoa. Claudio Ranieri intended to take advantage of the guests’ weak points, however, poor overall execution meant that Pirlo’s men had a relatively easy day at the office.
Tactical analysis and match report by Thanos Chelas.

After an comfortable win against Serie B side SPAL for the Coppa Italia quarter finals and before the repetition of the Derby d’Italia against Inter for the same competition, Andrea Pirlo presented what seems to be his strongest side up until now in the season, with the players he had at his disposal.

Juan Cuadrado returned at the right side of a defensive line that also included Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Danilo. Federico Chiesa provided width on the left side of the field, Weston McKennie was positioned on the opposite side while Arthur and Rodrigo Bentancur sat in front of the defense. Up front, Álvaro Morata accompanied Cristiano Ronaldo, who was given, as always, the freedom to move wherever he wanted.

Claudio Ranieri on the other side chose a 5-3-2 formation that was becoming a 4-4-2 depending on Albin Ekdal’s position. Adrien Silva sat in front of a defensive line composed of Bartosz Bereszyński, Maya Yoshida, Omar Colley and Tommaso Augello while Morten Thorsby and Antonio Candreva were the players responsible for providing support to the two strikers, Fabio Quagliarella and Keita Baldé, with their diagonal movements.

Execution errors nullify both coaches’ buildup ideas
Against Ranieri’s classic compact low to medium block, with the two forwards staying centrally and the press starting with the ball on the wing . . .

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