Presentation of the modules
Revolution of Men and module of coach Antonio Conte . On defense, in front of Buffon, Grosso replaces De Ceglie in the left-back role, with confirmed Lichtsteiner, Barzagli and Chiellini to complete the department. From midfield on the major changes. The module is a hybrid, which we analyze in detail, between a 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 with Marchisio and Pirlo in the middle, Krasic and Elia on the wings, Vidal to oscillate between the attack department and the midfield, Matri striker .
Montella draws his Catania with the expected 4-3-3. In goal Andujar, Alvarez and Capuano full-backs, Bellusci and Spolli central defenders. Lodi has sided with the central midfield role with Del Vecchio on his right and Almiron his left. In attack waiver Maxi Lopez and lightweight trio with Gomez on the right, Bergessio in the middle and Catellani left.
Tactical developments of the match
The big news of the Juventus match is given, as well as the total onset of Elia and the one from the first minute of Vidal, the tactic module chosen by Antonio Conte, a sort of hybrid between a 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1. Why do we talk of hybrid? For two main reasons: the location of Arturo Vidal and tracks designed by Claudio Marchisio. Vidal certainly occupies a foremost position from Pirlo and Marchisio.
Vidal’s position (and it would be interesting to see the graph of the average position of Chilian in the first half) is not the classic central location behind Matri, as in a 4-2-3-1, but the former Bayer Leverkusen gravitates always in the center-left. The pressure zone of Vidal, high of Bellusci, middle right of the defense of Catania, shows the area of operation of the Chilean in non-ball possession phase.
When in ball possession, Vidal, starts from the center left and moves essentially on vertical tracks, back and forth. Marchisio, however, typically does not move as an internal of 4-2-3-1, but follows tracks much more similar to those of a mezzala a three midfield, leaving very little support for the game and instead of moving in depth to receive in the intermediate zones leaving Pirlo the phases of support for defenders and the beginning of the maneuver.Almost always, therefore, in ball possession, Vidal and Marchisio find themselves high and rolled on the line of attack.
It should be noted in the slide show as soon as we actually draw a 4-3-3 and, as we shall see shortly, Del Vecchio man marks Andrea Pirlo. Vidal and Marchisio don’t arrive to the positions seen in equal times. Vidal part in a very advanced position and is on the line of the attackers before the game times, Marchisio that leaves, however, as seen in the slides related to the phase of non-ball possession, from the line with Pirlo.In fact, the Chilean comes too soon, for the smooth operation on the line of the attackers so that his preferential receiving, throughout the first half is with his back behind the goal, being forced to get the ball moving back and detach from defensive line of Catania. An abundance of reception back to the goal, clearly not functional for the smooth movement of the ball.
The movements described above do not facilitate the movement of the ball of Juventus, thanks to the man marking by Del Vecchio done on Pirlo. Montella chooses to isolate Pirlo from the construction phase of the maneuver leaving the burden to Barzagli and especially to Chiellini .In the series of slides that follow are circled in red the pair of Del Vecchio-Pirlo, with a Juventus defender “forced” to start the offensive action. Also highlighted the Marchisio and Vidal position which we shall return
The freedom left to Chiellini is complete, so much so that the Juve central defender can often move quite undisturbed for more than half the area of Catania.
The problem of Juventus, with this deployment and tracks designed by players, with time (see those of Vidal) are often not functional, excluding Pirlo from the operation, the defenders find very few lines of useful and practical passes to smooth movement of the ball finding virtually crushed on the line of the attackers Vidal and also Marchisio, as can well see from the following slides. Neither Marchisio, nor Vidal provide support to make the starting offensive maneuver in a qualitative manner.Catania also holds the defensive line rather low, negating the depth to Matri who is forced to play, too, almost always back behind the goal. Even when Pirlo receives the ball, given the suffocating pressure of Del Vecchio, the possible solutions of the game are reduced because the Juventus champion never finds a department teammate in support capable of relieving the pressure upon him, as can be seen clearly from slides 6 and 7. Poor circulation of the ball, the daughter of wrong “timing” and inappropriate to the staggering tactical needs of the match, inevitably leads to deeper imbalances in the team that stretches and frays.As always, the offensive phase and the defensive are intimately connected and deficiencies of one affect the other. Basically, Juventus, due to poor circulation of the ball, becomes less dangerous and easier to lose the ball then in the previous games. Once lost the ball, frequently in the offensive zone, the position of Vidal and Marchisio creates a huge space, manned only by Pirlo, for the Catania counterattack. Reusing already a slide to highlight the useful space of Catania counterattack , unprotected by the Juventus players .
The defenders have, unlike the previous match, several difficulties to press up close to the reception of the Catania strikers who continuously have time to receive and play the ball or even to turn around and head with the ball at their the Juventus defenders. In the slides that follow Catellani receives with Lichtsteiner out of time and with a simple one / two with Capuano is able to point to the Juventus defense.
The following example Bergessio has the time to receive from Almiron, turn around and point the defensive line of Juventus.
The choices of Montella, thanks to Juventus, pay off. In attack the Catania coach chooses the light and fast trident formed by Gomez, Catellani and Bergessio that, free to receive due to the length of the Juventus team are often able to aim with the ball at their feet the slowest Juventus defenders. In the middle of the field, Del Vecchio, as seen, mounts a iron marking on Pirlo, Lodi takes Vidal then deliver him to Bellusci when the Chilean goes up in the early action and Almiron plays in the zone of Marchisio.Catellani and Gomez have sufficient lung to support the doubling action of the full-backs Alvarez (later Marquis) and Capuano and then set off with conviction and effectiveness. Except for some intermittent, but very well played, actions of high pressure on the Juventus defenders in the earliest phase of the setting of offensive maneuver, Catania tents, as mentioned, to retreat in their own half and make a fairly firm pressure only in this area of the field, freeing in this way the field for counter-attacks of their fast forwards.in this context, the Juve tactician suffers the goal of disadvantage that deserves a particular study.
The goal conceded
The action stems from a 4 on 4 situation. Del Vecchio opens on Gomez. Grosso Can not avoid the wing cross from Catania, cross that, given the situation and the discrete position of Grosso, could hardly come at a different part then the penalty area. At the center of the area Chiellini and Barzagli are faced with Del Vecchio , respectively Bergessio. The two Catania players cross their position, with Del Vecchio that expands and Bergessio who closes at the near post.Chiellini loses sight Del Vecchio and remains to protect the near post in the wrong place anyway: better protection would have required a deeper position of the black and white central defender. Barzagli, probably distracted by the movement and freedom of Del Vecchio, does not follow with readiness Bergessio that comes out behind Chiellini and put into the goal. Ultimately the two Juventus defenders in the area have played a little the zonal marking (bad) and a little man marking. The situation is not easy to defend given also the speed of the action, but it is clear that the situation will go revised well and thoroughly in training.
The second half
Most of the problems of Juventus in the first half are due to poor circulation of the ball that, in addition to being ineffective, creates imbalances after the loss of the ball. Conte runs for cover, rather than with the replacement of Elia with Pepe, reversing the position of Vidal and Marchisio and resulting in a different interpretation, and much more suited to the needs of the match, of the two roles. The Chilean, compared to the tracks played by Marchisio in the first half, remains much more in place in support of providing a convenient, alternative to Pirlo, to the defenders, and supporting the same Pirlo in the construction of the game.
The ball circulation improves suddenly and the team is more balanced. Let’s look at two examples that follow as Vidal, who does not arise on a continuous line with Marchisio (as was the first half in reversed roles), can, due to his location to intercept the Catania counters, covering the empty space shown on the slide 13.In the first of two examples Krasic looks in depth Matri. The transition of Serbian is intercepted by Lodi trying to start the action again, but his vertically pass towards the strikers was intercepted by Vidal.
In the other example Vidal once again, always in support and of a more backward Marchisio intercepts the opening pass of Lodi.
The circulation of the ball also benefits from the new position of Marchisio: even this is better than that provided by Vidal in the first half. Marchisio can better manage the time integration forward, succeeding, in contrast to Chilean in the first half of the match, to receive a with more continuously facing the goal, as the occasion on which after ball reception can point the defensive line of Catania , exchange with Matri and reaching to shot from a dangerous position.
The improvements in the field scheme, improve of the ball circulation and reduce the imbalances . Juventus draws, and many times becomes dangerous, but a lot of risks against the Catania counterattack, because, despite the more balanced team the defenders are unable to shorten continuously on the Catania strikers that can, as already seen, point with speed the defensive line of Juventus.The change of Matri with Del Piero gives technique and agility to Juve attack that benefits positively from the substitution. With the entry of Quagliarella goes the classic 4-4-2/4-2-4 in a match that gives opportunities until the end for each side, thanks to the Juventus will to go always forward and fatigue of a match played at high speed after the midweek round and under a heavy rain.
Rather than changing the starting line in terms of performers, ranging comments on the proposed new tactics of Antonio Conte. The 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 from the first half works badly, crushing Vidal and Marchisio on the same line and drastically reducing the effective lines of passage for the defenders that, having regard to the iron marking on Pirlo and the absence of another midfielder in support , is a deputy from the burden of starting the maneuver. The circulation of the ball is bad and inevitably has an impact not only on the effectiveness of the offensive phase, but on the defensive phase: the team is quite unbalanced when loses the ball and automatically long.Things improve in the second half when Vidal joins Pirlo to the construction phases of the maneuver, offering a simple and effective solution to the defenders and balancing the team in defensive transition phases.
Marchisio, in the position occupied by Vidal in the first half offers himself an interpretation more effective getting to the front of the goal several times, when the Chilean, in the first time he received the ball back to the goal. By reversing the position of Vidal and Marchisio both players have improved a lot, timing of the play and forward inclusion, improving the circulation of the ball and consequently the danger of the team and the balance in defense transition .However the team has remained too long in any case, with the defenders unable to shorten the attackers of the home team and frequently pointed with the ball at by the rapid and faster Bergessio (Suazo), Gomez and Catellani. While improves in the second half, the team, with the transition to this hybrid module has lost her compactness and ability to recover quickly and effectively the ball that had shown in the previous three games with the 4-4-2/4-2- 4. In this tactical context are difficult judgments the first official 45 minutes of Elia, played in a context of rather obvious tactic confusion .
Good, by contrast, the 45 minutes played by Vidal next to Pirlo, suggest that as it is not impossible for the Chilean to be side by side with the former milanista in 4-4-2/4-2-4. Signs of decided improvement for Krasic in the second half: in addition to scoring is produced in an all-round ride of his times and is more dangerous on the wing of his competence. Negative performance of Lichtsteiner, for once, rather inaccurate in marking and poor one from Chiellini. A separate chapter is worthy for the man-marking, the second consecutive dedicated to Pirlo by Del Vecchio.The number of balls touched by Pirlo has dropped, from first to fourth match in the following manner: 125, 105, 101, 88. In contrast Chiellini, who in the first game against Parma had touched 95 balls, much less of Pirlo, against Catania reached 112 balls, many more of the midfielder.
It ‘s clear that as Bisoli on Wednesday and Montella on Sunday have chosen to exclude from the operation Pirlo and to leave the Juventus central defenders, and especially Chiellini, free to play the ball.The tactic scheme of the first half has helped the success of the choice of Montella. Vidal’s position in the second has eased , however, the task of the defenders. It seems clear that, especially the small teams, often try to repeat this strategy. That needs to be countered with better automatic switching, independent from Pirlo.The 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 in the match against Catania, even at its best – that of the second half – did not seem to sufficiently respond to man-to-man marking of Del Vecchio and to prevent the team to stretch and render less effective the quality shown in the first three games: the defensive transition.
But the questions that I have not found answers that convince me enough (and would be a nice discussion topic) are:
1) why Antonio Conte has changed the module?
And above all
2) after changing why has not fielded a 4-3-3 (or a 4-2-3-1) and has instead opted for this strange hybrid?
by: Fabio Barcellona
adapted by:Mike Prise