Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Should Juventus Switch to 4-3-3?

Recent poor results have prompted suggestions for a change of formation. Analyzing the suggested 4-3-3 formation.

Max Allegri- Dybala- Dani Alves- juventus switch from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 - Juvelution.com

In football, a loss is bad, but it is not particularly evil - Olalekan Oladipupo

One must admit that Max Allegri has been a subject of criticisms in the last seven days. Most have been due to his recent selections, team formation, inability to teach the professional players at his disposal how to put the ball in the net, while some have gone far to question his abilities as a coach and his days as a football player... I made that up.

I have seen many comments, engaged in aguements and read a lot of sniped articles at him. Don't get me wrong, I am not defending him because I particularly love his way and style of play, or because of what he has achieved in his first two years as a Juventus coach. I am only showing one thing - and that is support. I believe you'll understand if you had witnessed the Alessio Secco years, when even Guardiola wouldn't be capable of winning the Trofeo Belusconi for Juve.

I had recently analyzed an article written by a football writer I respect so much, Adam Digby ( follow Adz77 on twitter - you'll never regret it) but then I came across another article from a blog/website I have been following (and a member of) since the theoffside days, where the writer was clamoring for a change in formation.

Again, I really don't like the 3-5-2 formation, as it makes Juventus look particularly untalented upfront, which is a wrong perception of this Juventus side. While a lot have been written about switching to a four-man back line and particularly, a front three, it is very important to look as some key aspects.

WHY 3-5-2?
The simple answer(s) is(are) -which ever way you count it: It is a proven system and it maximizes our resources (and full strength - punch me) while also having enough fire power on the bench.
While this is particularly obvious and the fact that many Juventus fans have got bored of the system (and winning Serie A almost every season like it's our last name) and importantly craving for the much coveted Champions League title.

Many formations have been suggested but I'll like to address one of them. NB: I am neither Allegri nor trying to take his place and most importantly, I am not a coach but a particular individual that studies the beautiful game and the factors revolving around a successful team.


In the article I was lucky to read, the writer(though said much about what almost every Juventus fan out there would agree on) mentioned that Juventus, last season had only four forwards unlike this season, with five and leaving three of Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Pjaca and Cuadrado on the bench is a travesty and waste of talent.. While this is true, there are other important factors to consider.

Why 4-3-3 is only a short-term solution

While we currently have five forwards which is good, the question is how many natural wingers are among them?

Answer: Pjaca, Cuadrado and Dybala if played out of position.

Now, can we say two natural wingers are enough for a consistent 4-3-3 formation? Except you feel like adding Lord Simone Padoin but unfortunately he's cruising at Cagliari in case you haven't noticed.

What happens when injury comes?

What happens when they are not on top form?

Can they perform at their top level while we fight on all fronts?

Dybala and Higuain should never be left on the bench which leaves us with one other spot, less proven Pjaca (in intergration phase) or Cuadrado? Another problem is, Dybala will be played out wide pulling him further away from goal which suddenly doesn't look like a good idea.

4-3-3 is good, but it isn't a long term solution if really we want a switch from 3-5-2

From the little I have pointed out, I guess it makes more sense as to why Allegri, of all of us, is the better coach.

I may look unwilling to provide a better solution, probably because I believe the addition of Domenico Berardi would have given us the right cause to change.

Do you still believe that Juventus should switch to 4-3-3 at all cost or you have a much better solution (awaiting scrutiny from me)?

Please drop them in the comment section below.

Forza Juve

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