Presentation of the modules
Contrary to predictions of the experts, Antonio Conte fully confirms the formation deployed against Milan. The 4-3-3/4-1-4-1 therefore expects Buffon in goal, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini in the defensive line; Pirlo front of the defense joined by Vidal and Marchisio, Krasic and Pepe on the wings, Vucinic in the center of the attack.
Chievo responds with his classic 4-3-1-2. Sorrentino between the posts, Sardo right back, Jokic left back, Morero and Cesar central defenders. Rigoni in midfield in front of the defense, Bradley right mezzala and Hetemaj left mezzala. Strikers Pellissier and Thereau with Sammarco behind them.
Tactical developments of the match
Juve proposes the deployment which provides one central striker and a midfield of three with Vidal and Marchisio in mezzala position. The specific outputs in non-ball possession of Vidal under Thiago Silva inmatch against AC Milan have not repeated in the match against Chievo.
The result is a symmetrical 4-1-4-1, with mezzali ready to insert to support the striker Mirko Vucinic. Chievo played a very shrewd game that requires virtually man marking on Pirlo by Sammarco and the lowering of all ten men of movement behind the line of the ball. In offense transition phase and ball possession during the clivensi choose operated looking for quickly and frequently trying the depth Thereau and, especially, to Pellissier, in most cases able to attack the deep spaces and playing on the defensive line and spaces between the defenders.The tactical design of the game is well characterized, with Juventus holding the ball and territorial dominance and “plays the game” and Chievo defending closed in their own half without being able to make dangerous on parts of Buffon. Juventus gives only two shots on goal to the hosts and none of action: a free kick in the first half of Pellissier and action on a corner in the second half, with Buffon who renounces guilty the exit in small area and Del Piero free the ball near the goal line. Once again, high and premature pressure of Juventus works pretty well. In the following slides we look Marchisio who recovers the ball high from Sardo.
Another example of transition from the defensive play of Juventus forward and looking for fast retrieval of the ball. Sorrentino tries to ignite Hetemaj playing the ball with his hands, but mezzala clivense was attacked immediately by Lichtsteiner that retrieves the ball.
As mentioned, much more frequently, Chievo does not try to get dribbling out, but quickly to find Pellissier and Thereau. Juventus’s defensive line does not virtually give never the depth to the attackers of Chievo playing an excellent game, choosing always how to get along with central defenders Barzagli and Bonucci the advancing situations and of temporization on the yellow and blue stikers is always accompanied with precision the cuts of Pellissier and Thereau.
Resolved with success the defense equation, Juventus has more difficulties in that offensive, especially during the first half. While Juve is the mistress of the field with difficulty, partly overcome in the second half, can become dangerous in the zone of Sorrentino. The repetition of module and interpretation of the same show against Milan is well contrasted by Chievo who plays, compared to AC Milan, defensive principles supported by a large number of athletic testing. Much of the analysis focuses on the differences, the same interpretation by Juventus, in the match against AC Milan and one against Chievo. The offensive phase of Juventus expects insertions of central mezzali Vidal and Marchisio, with Vucinic to act as a real offensive regista, stepping back to try to escape the marking of the central defenders and creating space and providing balls for entries of midfielders. This design has been a huge success against Milan also for the defensive choices of Allegri has left alone Van Bommel at the mercy of Vidal and Marchisio, with mezzali Nocerino and Seedorf too far away and deputies to the full-backs exits. Milan defended actively in 7 / 8 men, with Cassano and Ibrahimovic exempted by specific tasks during non-possession and Boateng not always available due to his placement deep in attack. Pirlo therefore had relative freedom of action and the three midfielders had to cover the entire width of the field, leaving Van Bommel with too much to cover the field and with two players (Vidal and Marchisio) to control. Chievo has chose of hardening in the line of the ball and actively defend with 10 men. The outputs programmed by Di Carlo provide Sammarco fixed on Pirlo and the fullback from the strong side taken from one of two strikers (Thereau right and Pellissier left of the clivense grid).
This system outputs allows the midfield trio Bradley-Rigoni-Hetemaj to stay close and central to counter Vidal and Marchisio.
During the construction phase of the maneuver, with Pirlo constantly covered by Sammarco, the attitude of the home side also is to mark Vidal and Marchisio.
The proximity of the median and mezzali and between the defensive and midfield lines of Chievo is able to absorb even the deep movements of Vidal and Marchisio. The following example make explicit that the tactical situation: Bonucci passes vertically to Vucinic who finds the depth insertion of Vidal but is immediately surrounded by the central defender Cesar and by midfielders Rigoni and Hetemaj.
In comparison with the frequent situations of 3 versus 2 in the central area in favor of Juventus presented itself in the match against Milan (Vucinic-Vidal-Marchisio against Nesta-Thiago Silva), the most common situation is instead of 5 against 3 for Chievo than against the two mezzali and Juventus striker ranks the two central defenders and three midfielders narrow both in width and in depth.
The mutual proximity of Bradley-Rigoni-Hetemaj and that of their defensive line allows central defender to get out strong on Vucinic , not allowing the Montenegrino to receive the ball easily without marking and preventing him from escaping as in the performance of “offensive regista” admirably played against Milan. In the following slides we see how Morero gets high up on Vucinic not giving space to the Juventus striker.
As mentioned the aggressive attitude of the central defenders and was made possible from the density of central area created by Chievo; in fact, we see two slides that follow as the exit of Morero on Vucinic match however a check by midfielders (in this case Rigoni and Bradley ) on the insertions of Marchisio and Vidal.
In the game against AC Milan, probably have to deal Marchisio and Vidal free from markings, Nesta and Thiago Silva have not been able to play in an equally aggressive manner on Vucinic.In addition to absorbing inserts, the proximity of the lines allows the midfielders to double the reception with back to the goal of Vucinic.
Ultimately Chievo contrast the main weapon of version 4-1-4-1 of Juventus – the game in a central zone of the trio Vidal-Marchisio-Vucinic – providing a system of outputs that allows the midfield trio to remain tight and compact, lowering all the players under the line ball in a way to approach the best possible the lines of defense and attack and with continuity to man marking Andrea Pirlo. All played with great concentration, aggressiveness and excellent physical condition.
What should have Juve done then to create dangers against the tactic of Chievo? I think Juventus should have to:
1) avoid that Chievo can compact in their own half;
2) try to expand the midfield trio of the home team;
3) try to stretch the defense of clivensi.
For the purposes of the first bullet, Juventus should have played more decisively and vertical offensive transition, played in a way too controlled to the match needs. We see in the example slide of a offensive transition played fast and that has allowed Juventus to attack the hosts not yet well deployed.Vidal recovers the ball and Marchisio is ready for the insertion of Chiellini. Chiellini is carrying the ball forward with speed and passes in the deep to Vidal that only a few inches can not receive a ball that would lead him to shoot from a dangerous position.
To broaden the midfield trio of home team would have been necessary, in addition to greater speed in moving the ball from one side of the field to the other, a greater danger of wingers Krasic and Pepe. By creating density in the central area clearly Chievo leaves more space on the outside. Space too little exploited. And if the poor performance of Krasic is in plain sight of everyone, then Pepe, especially on the left, has played too timidly in attack. Much better from this point of view, the portion of the game played by Giaccherini. In any case, the second time Juventus plays more on the wings and not randomly the dangers arise from the plays on outside of the field. We see the genesis of such dangerous of Marchisio shot at 6th minute. Lichtsteiner passes deep, very wide, Krasic. The position of Krasic opens and lowers the defense of Chievo and gives to Marchisio, which receives the pass of Krasic, space to shoot.
The second chance shown is the one created by Giaccherini and ended with a shot high, shot from the heart of the clivense penalty area. The action was born out of Giaccherini receiving low and plays to the movement wide and long of Vidal, a typical movement of a classic 4-3-3, but much less frequently to date in the version seen in Juventus, but that keeps the wingers wide and mezzali constantly inserting in central area. The movement of Vidal (not isolated during the split of the second half played with 4-1-4-1) forces Rigoni to widen and lowers defense of Chievo . All this free space to Vucinic who can receive and serve the fine movement of Giaccherini inside the area.
The third situation that in my opinion should be sought with greater continuity, in order to stretch the defense of Chievo, was to serve Vucinic in depth, perhaps in the wide space between the central defenders and the fullbacks, deployed rather open to guard the Juventus wingers . Only rarely, however, the Montenegrin played this kind of track.Conte tries to shuffle the cards on the table by switching to 4-2-4 with Del Piero as striker and Vidal next to Pirlo in 4-2-4. The presence of another striker close to Vucinic has positive effects on the dangers of Juventus offensive, engaging the two defenders on two men instead of one. The occasion of the post caught by Del Piero actually originates from a depth pass of Vidal to the same Captain receiving free enough in the situation of equal numbers against defenders of Chievo.
In contrast the transition to 4-2-4, probably with a athletic drop and the entrance of the mezzapunta Cruzado instead of Sammarco, which offers quality to Chievo in the management of the ball, takes Juventus the ball and land control which until then they had.
Especially after the defeat of Napoli on Saturday, the draw of Juventus was generally welcomed by us white fans with ill-concealed disappointment. The idea of going from Naples to +4 was really tempting. But going beyond beyond the expectations and disappointment, running more the rational part of the tifoso and less emotional, it is impossible not to recognize the merits of this team. A team that is playing away against a very tough Chievo, and does not undergo a shot from action per game. A team that imposes its game away, forcing opponents to stand for 90 minutes on the defensive and cancels any offensive ambition. A team that in these first 6 games, except for the match in Catania, does not let shoot at goal the opponents with great defensive transitions and non-ball possession.
A team that has the mental and physical strength to impose their game. In a league that until now has not seen for any easy games, especially against teams rated fully in the defense of their own goal. In the second half opportunities to take the lead were and were not exploited. It’s clear that the team needs to improve, especially on the offensive efficiency. It ‘s easier to learn to defend than learn to attack. Moreover, we defend very well using the principles totally different from those of last season. The work must go on the attack.Already during the review of the game with AC Milan I had reported a deficit of danger in the wings area of the field. Well managed by Di Carlo, in the defensive optical the area of central maneuver Vucinic-Vidal-Marchisio, Juventus failed to danger on the outside with the disastrous Krasic (by the way, I agree totally on the article of Antonio Corsa on the Serb) and too shy with Pepe. Best of both Giaccherini for fast insertion and resourcefulness.The small fraction played by Estigarribia did not appear encouraging on the tactic interpretation of the Paraguayan. Individual deficiencies adds a system that deliberately leaves the wingers wide to encourage the entries in the central area.
If is 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-4 the offensive fortunes of Juventus inevitably pass by an decided increase in the danger on the wingers. And that is the department behind that the rest of the team is waiting. Specifically, the match against Chievo, already admitting the merits of the team and of Conte, has probably missed a decisive response to the defensive plan of clivensi and was focused with attack plays on the central area with the mentioned trio Vucinic – Vidal – Marchisio instead of trying to open the defense with more wider moves.And also lack of speed in the early stages of start of attack on the defense of Chievo not yet deployed.
The switch to 4-2-4, possible solution to increase the pressure on the central defenders of Chievo and ease the burden on Vucinic, has occurred too late in my opinion, in a stage of the game in which the fatigue made it difficult to support the midfield outnumbered of Vidal-Pirlo against the roar of Chievo. That said and underlined the limitations and shortcomings of Juventus, we can not, beyond all, to point out that the game has always been in the hands of Juventus, who has not received any danger, that the team has put on display a remarkable solidity and that was able to return from Verona with 3 points.
source:uccellinodidelpiero.comby: Fabio Barcellona
adapted by:Mike Prise