The clash with PSG was obviously less than ideal, but at least it broke the groundhog day-type of the pattern of recent Serie A matches, with Juventus scoring early and then failing to build on it. In such respect, the Fiorentina match was the worst thus far, with the opponents taking command of the contest and the Bianconeri lucky to come away with a tie. The quality of the foes is a factor, but the mentality was abysmal, and so was resting Dusan Vlahovic for the whole contest.
Despite the loss, the Champions League fixture was paradoxically a little more promising, as the squad almost managed to come back after a terrible start that would have buried way better outfits, and for once, the coach urged his players to attack and made subs in that direction. It’s a mystery why that happens just when trailing and not while drawing. Too many points have been dropped already. Fortunately, nobody is running away in the standings, but that may change soon.
Massimiliano Allegri went to his familiar 3-5-2 in Paris, and things looked more coherent than usual. It’s very tough to run 4-3-3 when Angel Di Maria is unavailable, as Juan Cuadrado and Filip Kostic aren’t offensive-minded enough to be part of a trident together, and something is missing in the final third. The Serb showed some defensive shortcomings Tuesday and needs work to be a wing-back in Italy, which is more demanding than Bundesliga tactically, but it shouldn’t take long to get there he keys on it. There’s little doubt about his quality, but at this stage, 4-4-2 fits him better. The Colombian international is more familiar with the tasks of being the wider guy on a five-man midfield, and he’s been brutal in the box and its vicinity so far.
Di Maria won’t be back for this one, and putting so many eggs in his basket has quickly proven to be a risky proposition. The solution when he’s not available or resting, which may be often, should be a two-man attack to avoid leaving Vlahovic stranded….
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Author : Enrico Passarella
Publish date : 2022-09-11 06:20:55
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