2. A sense of chaos and unpredictability in Juventus’ gameplan
Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, there was an uncomfortable silence, epitomising the anxiety within the club as to who would be their saviour after the talismanic Portuguese. Juventus are now more inclined to erase that aura of individual brilliance and implement the dogma of collective effort.
With Juventus now playing almost a dozen of matches under the management of Max Allegri, we can see a structure developing among the comrades. Like the fans, the players have started to comprehend and acknowledge their manager and his tactical approach towards a game.
The playing style on the TV screen may not be exciting, but it is highly effective, especially against a team like Chelsea, who love keeping hold of the majority of the possession.
On Wednesday, Chelsea had 73% of the possession, as per FBref.com. Yet, the Blues ended up in the wrong sphere, thanks to Allegri’s competence with choosing his best XI as well as giving the players the roles that suit them.
For instance, Bernardeschi’s addition to the starting line-up came out of the blue. Despite not scoring a goal himself, he helped Chiesa score one, thus justifying his selection. Juan Cuadrado was not eye-catching, either. But unable to catch the Blues with his offensive darts, the veteran did extremely well on the defensive side of the things, blocking a couple of crosses aimed at the Chelsea box.
Then comes Federico Chiesa and the lionhearted defenders, whose performances against Chelsea put more emphasis on the fact of how thoroughly Allegri knows his squad, players, and every tiny attribute of those players. The sense of chaos inflicted by the change in the role of Chiesa took Chelsea by surprise.
Preparing a team without an out-and-out centre-forward, Allegri didn’t give the Chelsea defence an easy man to mark, showcasing Allegri’s tactical nuances in big games. No one can argue that Allegri is tactically adept. Thus, the future unquestionably looks bright than the past.