In one of this game week’s biggest clashes in the UEFA Champions League, Juventus welcomed Atletico Madrid in what was beforehand seen as a battle for the first place in group D. Anyhow, the home team sat in the highest spot before this duel and wanted to maintain it so they could officially wait for the knockout phase draw from the privileged position.
Maurizio Sarri’s men managed to save all three points in a highly physical duel and to fulfil their plans with a 1:0 win in this fixture. This tactical analysis will show you how the hosts overpowered the Spaniards using their tactics and being well-organised throughout the 90 minutes.
The home team’s coach went into the game in their most common 4-3-1-2 formation that went through a lot of modifications in different phases of play. Their discipline came from the tight organisation in the midfield which was held by Miralem Pjanić, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Blaise Matuidi, with Aaron Ramsey on top of the midfield irregular diamond. The main attacking forces were Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, as it was expected, and they roamed and rotated with their lower teammates.
Diego Simeone set his side in his prefered 4-4-2 formation trying to play their game in a direct tough athletic manner.
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