Church is devastating in both phases
Tactical analysis Juve Napoli: the Allianz Stadium match analyzed in detail. The moves of Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso
More movement without the ball
Despite the final suffering, Juve deservedly won a rather fun game overall. If in recent weeks (including the San Paolo match) we had seen a team in great difficulty in attacking a deployed defense, today the progress of the match has allowed us to change the attitude. Scoring early enough allowed Juventus to be able to attack more on counterattacks to take advantage of their sprinters, something Juve seem more comfortable with today.
Among other things, Napoli is a team that suffers from these situations due to the athletic characteristics of its players. While constantly holding the reins of the dribble, the Neapolitans created little and above all suffered a lot once they lost possession. We have seen Juve constantly puncture rival lines in two, especially on their right side: Cuadrado and Danilo offered combinations of fine workmanship, with the Brazilian making excellent internal overlaps. In general, it was the whole team that moved very and well without the ball, with Bentancur and Rabiot often throwing themselves forward. In short, a match that shows how Juve much prefers to attack in the open field.
The intensity of the Church
Once again, the man of the match was Federico Chiesa. Author of a wonderful assist for Ronaldo, his breaks in the open field have constantly sowed panic. The aspect that best expresses the extraordinary level of the player is that these offensive actions are then accompanied by a commendable generosity without the ball. The former Fiorentina was always timely in doubling in support of Alex Sandro, with Napoli getting stuck in the wing.
In fact, Juve had started the game with a very high and ambitious pressure, however the opening goal lowered the Juventus center of gravity a lot. The hosts defended themselves more than one position, with a rather wait-and-see line. If Juve managed to hold up in the first half, we saw some greater difficulties in the second half with Napoli which became more dangerous. First of all, the entry of Osimhen gave more physicality, with a more imposing reference at the center of the attack the Neapolitans have acquired more incisiveness. They could verticalize more directly, go to the cross and lift the ball.
In addition, Juve has been squeezed several times centrally, with Insigne and Zielinski who have received several dangerous balls between the lines. The bianconeri weren’t always in great shape on the pitch, with Chiellini and De Ligt less confident than usual. However, Buffon was very confident when called upon.
In any case, a fundamental victory came, which with a little precision would have been even larger. When they manage to score at the start, Juve seem more confident in waiting for their rivals and thus being able to attack in the open field.