Juventus absurdly lose to Manchester United

Juventus absurdly lose to Manchester United

In the fourth round of the Champions League group stage Manchester United took revenge on Juventus For the 0:1 loss at Old Trafford, having won at Stadio Allianz 1:2. The loss of the Old Lady did not reflect the logics of the game, but his majesty episode intervened in the result.

Initially Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri applied a more flexible strategy of the game than in the previous match against Cagliari. Instead of Costa, Benatia and Mathuidi, Quadrado, Khedira and Chiellini came out in the line-up. The tactical build-up of the Old Lady had 4-3-3 formation. Pjanic remained at the breakwater position of United attacks, who was assisted by Khedira. Bentancourd acted higher, pulling Matic and central midfielders on himself, giving a free space for attacking three – Cuadrado, Ronaldo and Dybala. The forwards constantly changed wings, confusing the Red Devils’ defense.

Juventus’ logic for the match was clear. Mourinho chose more defensive style which is logical as the team came to Turin, where Bianconeri lose with such frequency, as it rains in Sahara. The Portuguese chose 4-1-4-1 formation and surprised with the line-up. Herrera and Lingard came out in the line-up, whom Mourinho didn’t let out in the line-up after Derby County’s lost match in the League Cup.

Everything the team planned worked out for Juventus in the first half. Wing attacks and Ronaldo’s breakthroughs were helped from the deep by Bentancourd and Pjanic. But there were problems in the final stage. United tried to work on counter-attacks, which did not bear fruit because of high defense line and smart disposition of Sandro and de Sciglio who stopped Lingard and Martial’s breakthroughs. Because of that Sanchez descended deeper and the guests’ attacks ended without even getting started.

In the second half Juventus grew dominance. Dybala descended lower and Ronaldo with Quadrado expanded Manchester United defense. Because of the appearance of free zones the first goal in the match came. Bonucci threw the ball behind the Red Devils’ defenders’ backs and Ronaldo shot on de Gea’s net, having demonstrated his abs. A few minutes later Cuadrado and Pjanic could have made the advantage bigger, but destiny decided otherwise.

Up until the 80th minute Juventus kept the nerve of the game, but then felt confident in the outcome. Mourinho understanding the stalemate situation went all in his style, releasing Fellaini and Mata. replaced De Sciglio with Barzagli and three minutes later, Mata equalized from a free kick through the wall. At the ninetieth minute, Barzagli, who never entered the game, fouled on his wing, which led to United's second goal. It should be noted that his contribution to the victory was brought by the trump of the Special One - Fellaini, who attracted the attention of the defenders of Juventus.

The Old lady lost for the first time this season. The most frustrating for the fans and Allegri is that according to statistics, game and additional indicators, the hosts had to score at least thrice and secure qualification from the group. But relaxation in the last ten minutes played a bad joke in Juventus. The las one to laugh in this confrontation was Mourinho.