Brescia-Juventus: Rigamortis At The Rigamonti, A Tough Point

Posted on 10/11/2010


For the second game in a row Juventus were made to work extremely hard by an allegedly lesser opponent but, unlike Cesena, Brescia held their nerve, did not panic & did not self-destruct. They stayed strong & compact, happy to hit Juventus on the break despite being at home, a typical provincial Serie A approach that must be applauded.
Unlike other leagues these smaller sides in Italy are tactically sound & notoriously difficult to break down. In games like these something different is needed, a spark from somewhere, but without Milos Krasic & with the early withdrawals of Alberto Aquilani & Alessandro Del Piero, Juventus simply did not have one.
Cinque Chiavi
  1. As was discussed this week on the “It Ain’t Over….” podcast a midfield four featuring Simone Pepe & Claudio Marchisio is simply not enough to unlock a well-drilled defence. Not a criticism of the players but of the system & credit Delneri who recognised this & introduced Davide Lanzafame which definitely improved the team.
  2. This one dimensional attack is emphasised even more with the inclusion of Momo Sissoko. The player is very good at what he does, but in tight games his lack of ability on the ball hurts Juve. The more games he misses the better Felipe Melo looks.
  3. Fabio Grosso contributed a number of good crosses but is a liability in defence. His uncertainty & poor positioning not only allows the opposition to continually pour forward down that flank, but it has also spread to Bonucci & Chiellini. Contrast that to the assured display of Frederik Sørensen on Sunday & the decision to recall the fullback looks ever more baffling.
  4. Quagliarella & Del Piero have become an extremely good partnership, given the sheer number of games they have been forced to play together. Iaquinta needs the same time with the unpredictable Neapolitan to forge a similar understanding.
  5. Some good news finally on the injury front finally. Chiellini made a solid return tonight, Iaquinta continued his comeback & Melo was rested to avoid suspension or further injury. Marco Motta will serve a one game suspension following his yellow card, which hopefully will force Delneri to move Pepe to fullback again & start a fit again Lanzafame on one wing.
Le Pagelle: Storari 6.5, Motta 4.5*, Bonucci 6, Chiellini 6.5, Grosso 5, Pepe 6, Aquilani 6.5, Momo 5, Marchisio 5.5, Quagliarella 6, Del Piero 5.5 Subs: VI 5.5,Lanzafame 6, Salihamidzic sv
*Motta originally awarded 5, after much discussion realise was too generous
Source: Il Tifosi
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