Inter Milan and Juventus have been the two outstanding teams in Serie A this season with 3-5-2 shapes and clear attacking plans.

This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport. via FCInterNews.

There are quite a few differences between Inter and Juventus this season in terms of style of play.

The Nerazzurri are certainly more inclined to try and press high up the pitch and control possession than the Bianconeri are.

And Max Allegri’s team have adopted a more overtly defensive and counterattacking posture.

Both approaches have worked so far.

Inter are top of the league table. And Juventus are just a slender two points behind their Derb d’Italia rivals.

And in some respects they have arrived their in different ways.

But in others, there are significant similarities.

Inter & Juventus Lead The Way In Serie A With 3-5-2 Shapes

The biggest similarity between the Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri so far this season has been in the formations that they use.

Both teams use a back three, wingbacks, a three-man midfield, and two forwards.

Last season, Napoli had dominated Serie A playing with a back four. But this time around, the two teams who have proven most formidable have gone with a back three, or back five, depending on the situation.

Clearly, both Inter’s Simone Inzaghi and Juventus coach Max Allegri have found the right approach by getting that extra central defender onto the pitch.

Moreover, the Corriere note, Inter and Juventus have a certain similarity to how they attack using that shape.

Both seem to use very coordinated attacking manoeuvres.

There is little sense that either the Nerazzurri or the Bianconeri play improvised or off-the-cuff football in possession or on the counterattack.

Rather, every player on the pitch seems to know exactly where their next pass and run is going to be at all times.

Both sides have clearly rehearsed how they aim to create chances extensively in training.

For Juventus, that means exploiting the blistering pace of forwards like Federico Chiesa, Dusan Vlahovic, and Moise Kean to the maximum extent possible.

For Inter, they look to rely more on the ability in tight spaces of Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram.

And both teams also use their wide players heavily as attacking components.

For both the Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri, there has been a sense that their wingbacks are players who opposition defenses can’t live with when they get forward.