Tactical Analysis – Juventus 0 – 0 Inter: An Important Point

December 12, 2017 10:30
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In one of the most important games of the season, Spalletti opted for his usual, tactically sound 4-2-3-1 against Juve’s 4-3-3. As expected, Inter pressured Juve high up the pitch in order to win the ball back but Juve kept finding space down their right hand side. Inter’s tight unit and pressure forced Juve to go wide and cross which ultimately played into Spalletti’s hands. 

The 4-3-3 which Juventus deployed allowed them to match Inter man to man in the midfield but also have wide options (Mainly Cuadrado) in the hope gaps would open up as legs begin to tire and mistakes occur. That did happen at moments however Samir Handanovic was on call to keep them out.  A clear tactic from Juve seemed to be to find Mandzukic in the air against D’Ambrosio as much as possible with him drifting in from the left as the majority of the attention was being dished upon Higuain understandably. 

First Half: 

The game started off with Inter dominating with and without the ball due to their high press forcing Juve to punt the ball long and ultimately losing possession which Inter didn’t do too much with as Juve stayed compact leading to the ball going out wide an awful lot.

However a quick counter from Juve in the 8th minute, beginning with a pass from Cheillini splitting the midfield to find Mandzukic, led to the first major talking point of the game as Handanovic was forced into a save and Miranda had to clear off the line. 

A common action throughout was a pass from Pjanic to Cuadrado out wide leaving him one on one with Santon and Juve loading the box looking to find Mandzukic at the back post, this was proving to be very successful and if it wasn’t for some good saves and also some poor moments from the Juve #17, it could easily have been 1 or 2-0 to the home side. 

Both sides were cancelling each other out with their respective playstyles, Inter with their high pressure and Juve with their low pressure, compact style. One of the main issues Inter faced without the ball was Miralem Pjanic since Allegri had him play a deep lying playmaker role allowing him to spread the play and keep the ball with Matuidi and Khedira playing on either side as shown below. 

From the 20th minute onwards, the game was predominantly played in the middle sector of the pitch with both teams cutting off the supply to the forwards and pressing to cause either a mistake or long pass. The last big talking point of the first half came right at the end with yet another attack down Juventus’ right flank as De Sciglio overlapped Cuadrado allowing the Colombian to yet again whip a cross to the back post with Mandzukic up against D’Ambrosio as Higuain dragged Miranda away with his run and his effort crashed off the crossbar. 

Second Half: 

A slower tempo was taken to start the second half as Inter didn’t press as high but instead kept the ball well, playing it around the defence and two centre midfielders but not really progressing upon that since Juve kept their low pressure, compact style. Whenever Juventus won the ball back, Spalletti’s men would fall into a 4-4-1-1 formation to help the fullbacks and centre midfielders with the amount of wing play on display however Ivan and Davide were still unable to get close enough to Cuadrado allowing him to continue firing crosses into our box. 

As time went on, it was clear that the high press was no longer an option as Inter instead opted for a deep block, perhaps negatively as it invited Juve to build the ball up higher up the pitch and even if we won the ball back, Icardi was left alone with next to no support against two centre backs so it would’ve been tough for him to hold the ball or create something for himself meaning counter attacking would be slightly more difficult. 

The deeper block simply allowed them to dominate the match and even though we tried to keep the ball, the pressure and the fact most of their team was cemented in our half meant it was impossible to pass the ball out at times, an instruction Luciano uses regularly.  

In the last 15, Allegri took off Khedira for Dybala signalling he wanted to try to win the match and having Pjanic drop into a two with Matuidi with Dybala playing in front trying to find pockets of space. Gagliardini came on for Candreva to form a more solid, defensive midfield triangle as the game entered the latter stages. 

Conclusion: 

Two very tactical managers who just couldn’t get the better of each other however keeping a clean sheet meant we broke their 44 game record of scoring in consecutive matches in Serie A which is a positive to take from the game. A good point away to the reigning champions however at the same time, it feels like they were there for the taking if the three in behind Mauro had been more on their game, especially Brozovic and Perisic as they were very error prone throughout the game losing possession needlessly and just making the wrong decisions. Also, Cuadrado proved to be too much for Santon and even Perisic as well to handle which we fortunately got away with. Apart from that, it was an even game and a point was a fair result on the night.

 

Mitchell Hayward
By Mitchell Hayward
  • Bella Soraya

    I very understand why spalleti use same formation. lucky we go next round.

  • kuda

    Eder is playing in 3 positions tonight and never really contribute anything to the team.he’s pure shit tonight.
    Cancelo is wasting too much ball by crossing aimlessly. Dalbert is shaky and unreliable at all in attack. Vecino and gagliardini have no creativity at all. Karamoh is overall good but his finishing is maybe even worse than mario.
    Well everyone was shit except padelli.

  • Inter4ever

    Icardi came on for a few minutes and got more balls from the wings. Speaks volumes on how unqualified Eder is as a one man forward.

    Cancelo is pure shit. Can’t even be bothered to discuss it.

    Bad day for everyone. Let’s move on from this disaster.

    • Fiano

      Wow, I thought Cancello did better than Karamoh, Eder, Pinamonti.

      • kuda

        Cancelo is decent, but his link up play is the worst.

        • Fiano

          Yeah, I see… but to be honest, he really tried his best and made some good movement and assists. From this match, I really like to watch him and Padelli.

          • Fiano

            The way he did so many crossing makes me remember the first time Candreva joined us 😀

          • kuda

            But seeing how cancelo was failing to connect with anyone was really frustrating. But gotta say he has some good move including a good assist to karamoh. At least he’s more useful than dalbert pina eder combined.

          • Fiano

            Yeah exactly… I still believe he can be really useful for the rest of the season. At least for the coppa.
            But anyway kudos to Prodenone. They are much better than crotone, spal, benevento. They even beat cagliari… They played like in Seri-A level.. A really entertaining match. Good lessons for Inter.

      • Inter4ever

        Running a straight line and passing blindly is not good. Terrible player.

    • grilliant

      Cancelo is a defensive player, whenever he got the ball in attacking posession he’s frozen, don’t know what to do. Give the ball to midfielder then overlapping. Full back mentality only

      • Fiano

        He put a couple of good crossings which were wasted though.

        • grilliant

          I’m not blaming his crosses. He just can’t build up like Candreva when he is in more attacking position, he did better when Naga switched to the left and he’s on the right back. Like i said, full back mentality.

      • Inter4ever

        Mate, he’s not even good in defence. Ask any Valencia fan or just watch Everytime he came on to defend for inter.

      • ezekiel

        to be fair, he could at least get 2 assist if karamoh and perisic can score.. cancelo and karamoh still give something to the game. but i can’t say the same for dalbert, he’s the worst in this game, even nagatomo looks better than him..

        • Alex

          Dalbert needs confidence and he Nagashit almost made an assist to the opposing team to score. I’d give Dalbert more games to truly judge him but he’s defensively solid enough for Serie A at least. Also he made one good cross, Nagashit: ZERO

    • Alex

      Cancelo should have had two assists that night. He made a mess, but hey look at Candreva. It takes time to afdapt.

      • Inter4ever

        I hope you’re right.
        With the way things are going, we’re not keeping him.

        • Alex

          Yes, 35mil is way too expensive. We should use that money on Chiesa

  • kuda

    After this spalletti is going to use same line up for the rest of serie a.
    Now we can see why spalletti didnt want to spoil everything by playing dalbert, cancelo, karamoh, eder, pinamonti.
    In january we need more who is reliable in long shot and trequartista like pastore or texeira. We never did well against defensive team.

  • Alphonse

    I would never expect Yuto can be a hero for Inter, Padelli was good, that’s what I expect from 2nd GK, with Carrizo (anyone remembers?) we’d have lost today. Hoping for another Derby game.

  • Mayor inter

    We risked this game and Spalletti can’t be happy to end this game like this. Meanwhile congrats to the boys…kudos to Pordenone they really tried.
    FORZA INTER!!!

  • grilliant

    Padelli motm for a couple of saves and for the shootout. The others are horrible except for Rano and Skriniar, pretty solid in the back and air duel since Prodenone players are bit short

    • kuda

      Even skriniar play like shit today. Rano was better

      • grilliant

        Yeah too many wrong passes, miss a penalty, but still, can’t be beaten one-on-one

        • Fiano

          The defender did their job well. It was the attacker that wasted so many chances. Karamoh and Pinamonti were not playing well. I still like Cancello though. He really tried his best. I can understand that Karamoh is still young, but the fact that Eder was invisible during the match was terible.

          All in all, a really good match. A good test for Padelli, Karamoh, Rano and all the bench player. But I have to say this time, I hate Eder. I put all the blame on him. No contribution at all.

          • kuda

            Haha I was thinking the same. I really hate eder in this match.

  • Naves

    I will never ever want to see Inter’s subs team. If we qualify for Champions leauge then we would need at least 6-7 new players. Thank you to Prodenone for exposing Inter depth.

    P.S. Where is The clown Aussilio now? Disrespectful and unprofessional and his players were embarrassed today.

  • Giuseppe Meazza

    Tomo lethal af

  • igo

    fyuh, thank GOD!! regarding anything, at least we won!

  • Fiano

    I lost my link. Who won?

    • ezekiel

      we win by nagatomo’s penalty(i mean he’s the last taker)

      • Fiano

        Thanks God, I lost the link when it was 3-4

      • Fiano

        who was the taker before nagatomo?

        • Alphonse

          for us? Vecino.

          • Fiano

            Ah cool. Thanks. Forza Inter and see you again in Udinese match 😀 Hope to see more from Cancello

        • ezekiel

          vecino

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    Nagatomo to the rescue

    • Mikey

      Never ever thought I would hear that

    • igo

      and padelli

  • ezekiel

    win or lose, our best player is padelli

  • Interfan91

    Karamoh shouldve finished 2 of his chances and this game would be over a long time ago

  • Fiano

    hats off to Prodenone, they are much better than Benevento, SPAL, crotone

    • Boudou

      For real, real fighters

    • kuda

      Better than milan

  • Interfan91

    This is sad

  • Boudou

    These guys could battle relegation in serie A, I gotta say they defended well even though we played like shit

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    We are about to get a penalties lesson from a serie c club,SMFH

  • igo

    spalletti really doesn’t want to take the risk, he just putting still gaglia and vecino while we’re really in need of goal..no wonder there’s no creativity at all and the players mentality of course affected. their finishings are awful

  • Boudou

    Looks like last year Inter

  • solointer

    JUST WTF IS HAPPENING !!!

  • ezekiel

    no creativity at all

    • DonTuliosS Interista

      And no luck as well

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    Gagliardini is pure shit today

  • ezekiel

    without valero we have no brain..

  • igo

    wtf, eder is invisible, and we really need another composer besides valero, because wtf??

  • Naves

    After performance like this Inter officially need to fine some of the players for such lack of professionalism. They have been walking and crossing from half way line. Just WTF is this shit?

  • kuda

    Wtf.

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    I really don’t want to go to penalties,because we are inter and i can’t remember when was the last time that we won a game on penalties

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    Spaletti going crazy

  • solointer

    Too many clear open goal chances missed.

  • ezekiel

    we need candreva’s cross and borja to command the midfield..

  • Boudou

    Their keeper attracts all the shots damit

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    Wtf is wrong with our finishing today

  • Interfan91

    Dammittttt

  • Interfan91

    i bet icardi will come in for eder or cancelo

    • Boudou

      Where is Eder ?

    • DonTuliosS Interista

      It’s not eder’s fault,the problem is no useful crosses from our flanks

      • Interfan91

        never blamed eder, people said pinomonti didnt do anything but he plays the same as icardi hes an in the box striker but we didnt get any crosses but with perisic we can make some crosses

        • DonTuliosS Interista

          That’s what I’m saying

          • Interfan91

            I think we shouldve kept pinomonti in but we were missing another mid

      • Inter4ever

        I can count many crosses to Eder who was completely static. Funny how you can’t offer this courtesy to Icardi when he doesn’t get service.

  • Interfan91

    karamoh where is your finishing holy crap

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    Perisic coming in

  • Interfan91

    padelli,and karamoh the only players that showed up today

  • ezekiel

    dalbert is shit so far..

  • ezekiel

    this is why borja valero is important for us..

    • DonTuliosS Interista

      And Candreva’s crosses

  • Fiano

    Padelli did spiderman

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    Omg ,they almost scored

  • Interfan91

    Karamoh just needs a goal, i think it will give him the fire to just unleash his skill

  • Mayor inter

    Forza Inter

  • Interfan91

    Wow what a miss

  • Interfan91

    Brozovic in the trequarista role instead of karamoh should be better

    • Fiano

      just missed the target

      • Interfan91

        I cant believe it

        • Fiano

          Cancello on fire

          • Interfan91

            That was a nice run

  • ezekiel

    pinamonti already out..LOL

    • Boudou

      He was useless

      • Interfan91

        So was the whole time

      • ezekiel

        he is..

        • Interfan91

          He didnt really get any balls on or anything, kinda reminds me of icardi when he doesnt get any good balls

  • Naves

    What an utter and shitty first half. Looked more like a training match.
    Dalbert is useless, his crosses are so poor along with cancelo beside his one moment.
    Good thing Cancelo is on loan but we are stuck with another shitty Fb in dalbert.

    • Boudou

      Brozo needs to organize the play now

      • Naves

        i am still counting successful passes of brozo. lmao what a joke of display

  • kuda

    They are really show why they will never be starters for spalletti.

  • ezekiel

    cancelo on the left is actually better than on the right.. LOL.. btw karamoh have good positioning but shit finishing..smh

    • DonTuliosS Interista

      Don’t blame him yet,he is young and it’s his first game as a starter

      • ezekiel

        he need to improve his finishing skill.. he has great positioning, with good finishing skill he would be lethal..

        • DonTuliosS Interista

          Yeah but i think he is desperate to show his skills and that is actually fucking him psychologically

  • DonTuliosS Interista

    1st half was shit

  • Inter4ever

    No Game thread?

    • ezekiel

      any good live streaming?

      • DonTuliosS Interista

        Sports on demand

        • ezekiel

          thanks

    • Boudou

      Really not impressed by Cancelo

      • DonTuliosS Interista

        No one is trying to play except for Karamoah

        • Boudou

          Finally something good from him. Karamoh should have done better

          • DonTuliosS Interista

            His 2nd chance…
            I hope he is 3rd time lucky

      • ezekiel

        he actually getting better after playing on the left, that super solo run and pass to karamoh was amazing.. but karamoh couldn’t finish it..

  • No Vidal_No Problem

    the one and only threat was cuadrado, his crosses were so good and accurate , and the problem was that we had no one to stop him, valero is not that good defensively . Santon wasn’t either

    • Bobo32

      To me, Perisic takes the blame for his inability to stop Cuadrado. He wouldn’t get close enough to him and allowed him space and time. You can’t do that against a fast player who can also cross!

      • Ray Ha

        Perisic got an yellow card, so he could not be more aggressive against Cuadrado, but it is over. See them in Meazza in April

      • ezekiel

        you should blame santon, cause it’s his main job to stop cuadrado.. perisic actually did a lot to cover santon in the left side.

        • Interfan91

          You cant put the whole blame on santon, half the game perisic would come back and cuadrado would have the ball and someone would run to the side so santon would leave to cover the other player running behind, so thats perisic job to block cuadrado at that point, and half the time perisic would tell santon to leave