Juventus welcomed Lokomotiv Moscow to the Allianz Stadium in a battle between Group D teams in the UEFA Champions League. Juventus went into the match in joint first place with Atlético Madrid, while Lokomotiv Moscow sat third in the group, above Bayer Leverkusen.
Mauricio Sarri was able to guide his Italian based team to victory over Yuri Semin’s Russian side, 2-1. However, the match was by no means straightforward for the Italian Champions.
Juventus were favourites going into the match and predictably dominated possession and the majority of the chances throughout the game, although this match did not involve many ‘big chances’. Against the general run of play, Lokomotiv were able to take the lead in the 30th minute and were hopeful of holding onto the lead to win the game. However, as Juventus upped the tempo and offered some tactical adaptation via substitutions, the hosts were able to equalise in the 77th minute before going onto win the game in the 79th after a quick-fire double from Paulo Dybala.
This tactical analysis will investigate the match further and highlight how Juventus came away with the points against the highly competitive Lokomotiv Moscow. The analysis will include match line-ups, statistics, information on the offensive, defensive and transitional tactics from each team and their respective set-pieces.
In terms of line-ups, there were no major surprises as the majority of key players who were fit for the match started. Juventus had high profile options to join play off the bench including Gonzalo Higuaín, Adrien Rabiot and Federico Bernadeschi, while Juan Cuadrado, who is a natural winger, continued to play at right-back as he had in the domestic league. Cuadrado has a large impact on the game, this will be discussed in the article.
Interestingly, Lokomotiv Moscow only made one substitution, perhaps not containing the high calibre of player that Juventus had on the bench in order to impact the match in an offensive or defensive manner. Such lack of options was likely to contribute to fatigue-related performance decreases for defensive players up against fresh attackers and midfielders.
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