Torino – Juventus: A Grim Match Sees Juventus Use Torino’s Tactics Against Them (0-1)
A dismal display of two teams unable to string passes together and carry out effective offensive actions. Fittingly, from a set piece routine Juventus opened the scoring and then used Torino’s tactics against them. In line with their reputation, even this year, Juve’s solutions are endless.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
When outsiders look at the Derby della Mole they often dismiss the game between an eight-time consecutive title winner and Torino. After all, the latter side has not been able to climb the ladder back to the top since the glorious and unfortunate “Grande Torino” of the 1940s and a second successful spell during the late 70s.
Fluctuating between Serie B and Serie A, where they have been permanently stuck in mid-table, occasionally hitting highs and lows, Torino’s biggest moment of the season lies in the derby. The Derby della Mole feeling tastes different on the “Granata” side of Turin, where a result can completely alter opinions regarding the season. When it’s time, Torino players don their armor, brandish their swords and step fearlessly onto the field, cheered on by their people and carried by the competitive atmosphere that fills the stadium.
Amidst the emotional attachment to the derby the people of Turin share, Maurizio Sarri’s first encounter with Juve’s local rivals comes as the ultimate test in a recent stretch of games that has seen Juve struggle to teams from the bottom side of the table. Against sides that sit back, willing to defend deep in their penalty area for large portions of the game, Juve’s possession game has often been too slow, and, while the defense has been as solid as ever, opponents have still found the back of the net . . .