3. Alongside Alvaro Morata in 4-3-1-2
With Alvaro Morata poised to stay at Juventus for the remainder of the season, perhaps Allegri could find a way of playing Vlahović alongside the Spaniard without dropping Dybala. The Argentine’s inclusion is necessary from a creative standpoint.
To facilitate this, a 4-3-1-2 would be the most feasible option. It’s an aggressive system that relies on width from full-back, but it’s an intriguing possibility. Dybala would function as the #10 off the two strikers and while Vlahović serves as the multi-faceted focal point, Morata’s role could be simplified.
Instead of being tasked to do all the target man stuff that he’s struggled to grasp this season, Allegri could simply ask Morata to run the channels. Juventus have to find ways of stretching defences vertically and while Vlahović is no slouch, he’s not a proficient runner in behind (yet).
However, for this system to be a success, the width must constantly be provided from full-back to ensure Juve aren’t too narrow in possession and easy to defend against.
In a hypothetical world, Juve could have Juan Cuadrado and Luca Pellegrini bombing down the flanks with a midfield three protecting the centre-backs in transition. Dybala would be the free-roaming #10 between the lines occasionally joined by a bursting Weston McKennie from midfield. The structure would resemble a 2-3-3-2 with Morata and Vlahović working in harmony as a strike duo.
I, for one, would love to see this at least experimented with once before the season’s out!