Max Allegri: How the Juve gaffer proved his tactical nous against AC Milan

Juventus defeated Milan in a match that could be crucial in the race for this season’s Serie A champion. The game was given further significance when Napoli stuttered away to a Sassuolo side.

Massimiliano Allegri takes all the credit for this victory because the changes he made during the game changed the course of the match. So, he once again proved that he is one of the best tacticians in the world.

His plan was to win the game with least amount of energy used, because they play in the Champions League this week. So, Juventus started the game in their 5-3-2 formation with Lichtsteiner and Asamoah as wing-backs. It more or less worked because they were up 1-0 with Dybala’s beautiful long range strike. Once Milan answered back Max decided to just move the team up a gear.

At the start of the second half, Douglas Costa replaced Lichtsteiner so Juventus moved from 5-3-2 to the asymmetric 4-4-2 formation. After an hour of play, Cuadrado replaced Matuidi, and with two superb wingers Juventus had a width which helped them in suppressing the visiting team.

Finally, Allegri introduced Bentacura instead of Pjanic. The sheer persistence of Betancur to win the ball back is genesis of the goal that changed the game. He hunted down every one of Milan players that was in possession of the ball, until he won it back. After that goal, Milan has fallen mentally and Juve managed to score one more goal which killed the game off.

Despite playing well for the majority of the game, Milan failed to get a single point out of the Juventus Stadium. Gattuso did wonders with this team but he is not a magician and AC Milan have lost for the first time in three months.

Max Allegri had shown on countless occasions, how masterful his mastered the art of tactical ingenuity. Last night spoke again of his abilities. No one can’t deny that his reading of the game is one of the best in the world.

 

Written by Rijad Abaza

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