Sassuolo – Juventus: Sassuolo More Positive But Juventus More Clinical (1-3)
Huge individual moments from Juventus served to undermine Sassuolo’s dynamic play. The home side constantly troubled Juventus defense, both out wide and centrally but were generally wasteful in front of the goal. And despite struggling in possession, Juventus were offered room in transition which they clinically exploited.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
The tension in the Champions League only grew as the matchdays dwindle. Napoli claimed a 5-1 win the previous day to hop into second place. AC Milan and Atalanta were playing Torino and Benevento, respectively, in the same time slot as this game. The pressure was on and there was no room for error for Andrea Pirlo’s men. Four points behind Napoli and three behind the other two contenders. A visit to the exciting Sassuolo was an unwelcome sight. Sassuolo were themselves in the hunt for the seventh spot. This would set up qualification to the inaugural season of UEFA’s tertiary European competition, the Conference League.
Roberto de Zerbi made some personnel changes for the 4-2-3-1 formation. Andrea Consigli, who was in goal, Jeremy Toljan and Gianmarco Ferrari kept their place from the win away to Genoa. Marlon and Giorgos Kyriakopoulos were brought in for this clash. Pedro Obiang came in to form the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. next to Manuel Locatelli. Meanwhile, Jeremie Boga earned a starting role alongside Domenico Berardi and Hamed Traorè behind Giacomo Raspadori.
There were a few changes to the Juventus side that lost to Milan on the weekend. Andrea Pirlo stuck with the 4-4-2 formation. Gianluigi Buffon, who recently confirmed his imminent departure from the club, came in goal while Danilo . . .