Presentation of the modules
Antonio Conte does not renounce to Arturo Vidal, and repeats after Catania the deployment with a one striker. Also new is the shift in the role of left back of Chiellini with the consequent inclusion of Bonucci in central defense. Therefore, Juventus sides with Buffon in goal, the defensive line made up Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini. Pirlo in center of midfield, Vidal right mezzala and Marchisio left mezzala . The sides are manned by Krasic on the right and left by Pepe. Vucinic acts as a lone striker .
Max Allegri responds with his usual 4-3-1-2. Abbiati in goal, Bonera right-back, left-back Zambrotta, Nesta-Thiago Silva central pair. Van Bommel in front of the defense, Nocerino right mezzala and Seedorf left mezzala form the middle section with Boateng ready to join the couple Ibrahimovic Cassano on the attack front .
Tactical developments of the match
The Juventus team comes with a 4-3-3 this time more Orthodox than the game in Catania, with ad hoc solutions to the defensive outputs according to the characteristics of the players and the game of Milan. In general, the Rossoneri play a soccer made of ball circulation not necessarily fast and predictably in the match against Juventus would have tried to use this weapon to stave off the pace for the Bianconeri.More then Van Bommel, midfielder place to protect the defense, the initial stages of the Milan’s maneuver benefit from technical capabilities and the reading of the game of Thiago Silva. To crack the beginning of the Rossoneri maneuver Conte provides the high output of the mezzala Vidal, not randomly deployed on the center-right.
In the slide that follows we see as from Milan goal kicks, Vidal places on Thiago Silva, preventing him from receiving and forcing Abbiati to long pass.
The quality of pressure of the Chilean on Thiago Silva prevents Milan a clean initiation of game, repeatedly forcing the Rossoneri to the long ball, often through for Abbiati, and allowing Juventus to recover quickly the ball even from static situations of Milan ball possession.
As soon as the Juventus presure starts on the Milan ball circulation, Vidal goes on Thiago Silva.
Not infrequently, if Vucinic is, as a result of the development, in the area of Thiago Silva, is Marchisio to rise on the other central (Nesta) and the other side, and Vidal from the blind spot to go on Van Bommel.
The quality of pressure, first of Vidal, but also an excellent Vucinic and Marchisio, can disrupt the operation of Milan manovra with his defenders can not find solutions for the circulation of the ball.
In dynamic situations, the defensive transition of Juventus, almost perfect with the 4-4-2/4-2-4, is back to reach levels of extremely high efficiency with the 4-3-3. Although the module provides for continuous entries of the mezzali in line of attack, the team remains compact and succeeds in regaining the ball quickly on the shortening of the Milan players immediately after losing the ball.In support of players in the area with the ball the defenders shorten on the attackers steadily regaining the ball. In the following series of slides Milan escape the pressure looking with long passes to free Cassano (note also, the first slide, the high position of Barzagli). Chiellini anticipates him and Juventus, winning back the ball quickly in Milan coming-out phase becomes dangerous with Chiellini carrying the ball , passes to Vidal who will go to Vucinic and will turn and kick at goal dangerously.
In the video below we see, in the first part, a copy of Juventus action to immediately regain the ball and repeated after the loss of the ball; in the second part we show how the defenders (in this case Chiellini) are always more than ready to shorten the pressing on Rossoneri strikers preventing a comfortable raise of the team focused on the possession of the ball of strikers.
The high efficiency of the rapid conquest of the ball and the pressure on starters of the early stages of the game’s of defensive maneuver is perhaps the main key of the victory of Juventus and gives the rule of the game in terms of rhythm management, ball possession and territorial advantage against a team that with control the pace of the ball and the territorial advantage is its strength.
The few times that Milan can consolidate the ball possession Juventus draws her 4-3-3 with Pirlo in the middle of Vidal and Marchisio, tightening the lines of defense and midfield.
Another tactic key of victory lies in the continued freedom of reception left in the intermediate zones to Vidal and Marchisio who many times, with the support of the movement to move away from the opponent’s defensive line of Mirko Vucinic, create situations of numerical superiority 3 vs 2 against the Milan’s central defense. We analyze in detail the tactical situation.Milan, at times, try to press higher the ball circulation between the defenders of Juventus. The planned outputs from Milan expect, from static situation, Boateng on Pirlo, the two strikers on the two central defenders of the Juventus and, most importantly, the outputs of mezzali, Seedorf and Nocerino on Juventus full-backs
As designed, behind the pressing of AC Milan, Van Bommel should “take care” of Vidal and Marchisio in the intermediate zone. Unfortunately for the Rossoneri the quality of the pressure is not high in terms of timing and aggression, and especially Van Bommel turns out to be the weak link in the chain, never able to deal effectively with the mezzali Vidal and Marchisio. In the following video, released by pressing Juve finding Vidal, with Van Bommel too far from Chilean midfielder.
In the video Van Bommel manages to stay near Vidal initially, but the Bianconeri mezzala is too reactive and more athletic of the Dutch midfielder and Juventus can go out with success by AC Milan pressing with Vidal free to deal with the Rossoneri’s defensive line.
Even in non-static situations Milan tries to counter the Juventus full- backs with their mezzali, leaving the strikers in a central position and providing them with little defensive work . Moreover, in attack phase, Boateng constantly is adding to the line of the attackers drawing a real three-pronged attack that includes the enlargement of the spaces of the Juventus defense with the addition of mezzali.
Boateng offensive movements mean that the Ghanaian is not always available and in position to counter Pirlo, a situation that amplifies the embarrassment of Van Bommel. The two slides that follow we see how the outputs of the milan’s mezzali (Seedorf in the first slide in the second Nocerino) leaves room for Marchisio and Vidal receptions with Van Bommel always too far away.
The same situation (created an infinite number of times) with Vidal which unmark on the side of Van Bommel and free to receive in the intermediate zone.
Even when Van Bommel can be closer to the Juventus mezzali, the same can with disarming continuity to get rid of Milan’s central midfielder, claiming the agility and dynamism. The following Marchisio received the ball with Van Bommel for one time more near. Marchisio, however, can jump in dribbling Van Bommel and point the Rossoneri defense with the creation of numerical superiority against the Rossoneri central defenders.
Vidal and Marchisio are two real unsolved puzzle for the defensive phase of AC Milan, put in the middle Van Bommel, getting on his side or behind him without Nesta and / or Thiago Silva being close enough to go out on the two Bianconeri. Between the two, Marchisio, starting from the rearmost position fits with continuity with and without the ball and support from behind Vucinic. Vidal, starting from the most forward position because of work for pressure on Thiago Silva, usually plays less vertical tracks.
In the first of two actions shown in the next video will show well the designed tracks by Marchisio and Vidal and guidelines of Juventus attack with Vucinic who walks away from the marking of Nesta and Thiago Silva to play the other side and trigger the insertion of the two mezzali. Vucinic gets out, play the other side to Vidal who moves horizontally and serves the vertically inclusion of Marchisio.The second main is that the goal of Juventus advantage: inside, the goal usually on the axis Marchisio, Vidal, Vucinic, with their coordinated movements, all the Juventus match, and the conviction of Conte who, by relying on his initial choices and supported by the seen in the field, until the end perseveres with his 4-3-3.Particular study is also worth the work, already mentioned, of Mirko Vucinic who with lightness, elegance, intelligence and excellent technique serves as a hub of quality of all the maneuvers of attack: he subtracts pulling back only a few meters, but with absolutely perfect timing, from the marking of central defenders and triggers the mezzali or tries to enter in person. The video below shows, in addition to the technical quality of the gestures of the striker, the accuracy of the timing of movements that allow Montenegrino to receive free, but in the “hot zone”, without get back too much and then lose effectiveness.
It’s been a great Juventus. Dominated the game. The numbers that almost all know speak for themselves: 17 shots to 2, 57% ball possession (65% in the second half, with Milan increasingly in trouble) that has value especially if read as a consequence, with the poor percentage left to Milan, a team that makes the possession of the ball one of his arms. The 4-3-3 proposed by Conte exhibits a defensive transition phase and no ball possession phase of the absolute level, the best of the qualities exhibited by Juventus.It then plays to the rhythms of Juventus, too high for Milan, deprived of another of his main weapons: the control of the pace of the game. Here are other numbers that show exceptional performance in this respect of Juventus: in the league so far Milan had made an average of 622 passes per game; the minimum 550 against Lazio. Against Juventus have made only 420 passes. The average number of passes before losing possession of the ball was before the matches against Juve equal to 5.5.Against Juventus, this number was reduced to 4.
Totally defused the arms of control of the match for Milan. We had seen the work of the defense mechanisms of Juventus with 4-4-2/4-2-4. We have also reviewed the work with the 4-3-3, in a tactical context then inevitably more “mobile” that provides greater movement of players between the lines. Team being short in ball possession phase, quick and organized pressure on the ball carrier, narrow markings of the defenders on the attackers while away from the ball are the keys of the defense transition of Juventus.Defused the weapons of Milan the match was played at the pace desired by Antonio Conte, simply too much for this Milan. Who was not appropriate to the tactical needs of match that saw them perish, but have continued to exhibit a phase of non-possession frankly disappointing. Unable to defend in 7, maximum 8 men against this Juventus and imagine a midfield of 3 with mezzali appointed to the outputs of the full-backs and Van Bommel, was too slow, at the mercy of two players as hyperdynamic as Marchisio and Vidal.
Too long and not very compact and the Milan central axis, Pirlo, Marchisio, Vidal, Vucinic have dominated tactically the match . In particular, too often and too frequently the cover of Van Bommel was blown and has exposed the central defender pair of Milan to coordinated attacks by Vidal and Marchisio, centered on the pivot attack of Vucinic. Sumptuous in my opinion the interpretation of the role by the Montenegro, excellent tactically and technically. On the same level of performance of Marchisio, mezzala from old days of perfect placement.Just a step below the proof of Arturo Vidal, hyperactive, always in the thick of the action, with huge capacities of pressure on opponents, combined with tactical sense, game times and technical skills. The whole game was between these two themes: the ability of Juventus to steal continuously the ball from Milan sabotaging their possession and playing so at their own favorites pace and in a central domination of Pirlo, Marchisio, Vucinic against Van Bommel, too slow and too lonely.
Compared to the match against Catania, this time Juventus have played a more orthodox 4-3-3 (or well-played) but with the special features related to the position of Vidal than that of Thiago Silva. The work of Antonio Conte in the week must have been long and well digested by the team. Compared to last Sunday there were no longer seen the mezzali prematurely crushed by the opposing defensive line and, just the interpretation of Marchisio and Vidal, real weak point of the match in Catania, has proved to be the key to winning the game against Milan.The performance of Krasic without the ball was at a very good level: for the first time since he is in Turin we have seen the Serb to move without the ball in harmony with the rest of the team, moving in a coordinated manner with the rest of the right chain consists of Lichtsteiner and Vidal, insisting with the right times just to make room for an overlapping of the full-back or of the outside mezzala.We expect, with confidence given the progress made without the ball, clear improvement in the choices with the ball. Incalculable contribution to the timing of the offensive maneuvers by Vucinic, absolutely perfect in times of unmarking and maintenance / disposal of the ball. Finally, the excellent proof of the defensive package with Bonucci in the middle and Chiellini on left. Solution that has the air of being anything but temporary.
Everything perfect then? All very well, but, also aspects that can and should be improved. In particular, most part of work of offensive and dangerous of team was supported, as previously stated, from the central axis Vidal, Marchisio, Vucinic. Little has come from wingers. The sector which perhaps is the least efficient of the team and which has more room for growth.If the incredible work of Antonio Conte will also be able to continue in the direction of a net increase in the offensive hazard of wingers battery will have fun. If possible even more.
by: Fabio Barcellona
adapted by: Mike Prise