Torino – Sampdoria: Impressive Torino Prosper On The Flanks Against Sampdoria (2-1)
Torino impressed with a dominant high pressing style and successful attacks down the flanks. In the entire game, Sampdoria could not overcome the man-marking of the hosts. Despite a late goal by Sampdoria, the hosts were worthy of the three points with a 2-1 victory.
Tactical analysis and match report by Chris Baker.
Torino have been in fine form since the turn of the year, which makes them contenders for European football next season. Walter Mazzarri made two changes to his side, as they set up in their nominal 3-5-2 shape. Nicolas Nkoulou returned, slotting in at center-back. Soualiho Meïté played as the left number eight in place of Saša Lukić while Alejandro Berenguer partnered Andrea Belotti up front.
Sampdoria were also in good form coming into this match, with wins over Sassuolo and AC Milan in their last two matches, as their hopes for European football continues. Marco Giampaolo lined his side up in a 4-4-2 diamond system, making two minor adjustments to his starting eleven, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Bartosz Bereszyński returning to the side.
Torino’s high press, Sampdoria’s buildup issues
Immediately from the first whistle, Torino’s approach out of possession became clear, as they started the game at a very high pace, using a high press as well as quick attacks to give the visitors problems early on.
Torino‘s 3-4-1-2 / 3-3-2-2 formation was very aggressive when pressing deep into Sampdoria’s half, often allowing them to engage with Sampdoria’s buildup very early on. The home side implemented this system using man-orientations all over the pitch.
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