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How Max Allegri’s latest tactical switch disfavored Zakaria

February 16, 2022 - 7:30 pm

Since his return to Turin in the summer, Max Allegri has been trying all sort of tactical lineups in the aim of finding the most fitting formation for the players at his disposal.

But of course finding a lineup that suits every member of the squad remains an almost impossible task.

La Gazzetta dello Sport explains how the last change didn’t benefit Juve’ January signing Denis Zakaria.

Prior to Federico Chiesa’s injury, the Livorno native was beginning to find the right balance in a 4-2-3-1 lineup.

The Swiss midfielder was supposed to be Manuel Locatelli’s partner in the double pivot.

But with Chiesa out for the campaign and Dejan Kulusevski shipped to Tottenham, Allegri was left with very few options on the wings.

Thus, he opted to switch onto a 4-3-3 system, capitalizing on the arrival of Dusan Vlahovic, while deploying Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata as his support crew.

The source explains that Weston McKennie and Adrien Rabiot are more suited to play as box-to-box midfielders in a three man midfield.

Moreover, Allegri possibly believes that Zakaria still has to adapt himself to Italian football before being thrusted in a Regista role.

Nevertheless, the report still believes that the former Bundesliga man will get his chance against Torino as he’ll be taking part in the rotation.

Juve FC say

While the Mezzala role might not be his favorite, Zakaria possesses an array of weapons in his game that allows him to fit within different positions.

As we all remember, the player put up a brilliant performance on his debut (crowned by a goal) all while playing as an outside midfielder.

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    martinn February 16, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    you need a good player on the pitch, even if he`s more stable than the alternatives we need that ball-winner

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    Akin February 17, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Same hogwash stories from Juventus and the fans. The board has refused to build a good squad, it has refused to sign a modern, result delivering coach, and it has sold players based on Allegri’s tactical nuance which is completely mediocre at best. Juventus cannot build a winning, entertaining team with Allegri, he can’t win, and he definitely can’t entertain. The season will be much worse than the last 2 seasons, the club might learn a valuable lesson this season, and that is to put the team in capable hands, the answer is NOT Allegri and his negative football tactics, the future for Juve is Ajax’s coach, they better get him before it gets late.