Juventus Staff Prepared Tactical Switch in Verona Tilt

Unlike in previous seasons, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has been very reluctant to move away from his trusted 3-5-2 scheme so far, even in easier matches or situations when they needed to score. They almost did it late in the Verona game, but they opted against it at the last moment, DAZN reported (via TuttoSport).

The managed readied a switch to 4-3-3 by inserting Federico Chiesa for a defender, deploying him along with Moise Kean and Dusan Vlahovic. However, the Scaligeri had a wave of offense as the tweak was being concocted. The boss ultimately chose a more standard sub, taking out the Italian striker, who had been booked after getting two goals waved off by VAR reviews, to make way for the former Fiorentina ace.

Without the course correction, Weston McKennie and Andrea Cambiaso would have played as fullbacks. Juventus wound up winning anyway, thanks to a late tap-in by the former Bologna loanee following a great header by Arkadiusz Milik and a desperate save by Lorenzo Montipò.

The Bianconeri lost Timothy Weah to a low-grade thigh strain. He’ll miss the next two games. Danilo had a small setback and won’t be available versus Fiorentina, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

Our Take on Juventus

The demarcation between leaning on certainty and stubbornness is thin. They definitely lack a plan B for when they have to rev up, but that formation would have been very risky. Since Kean can indeed play wide and they don’t have many midfielders, a 3-4-3 would be a better choice.

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