Half Europe is asking for Ferrán Torres07 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
The Spanish forward may leave Valencia for one of the European football giants
Juventus played yesterday against Bayer Leverkusen in their last match of the Champions League group stages. Even though the German team needed to win and wait for Atletico Madrid to slip at home, they couldn’t sustain a strong “Old Lady” in the 2nd half. They lost by 0-2, ending their dream of making it to the knockout phase, but there was a decisive factor that turned the match around. Paulo Dybala. The creative midfielder came on at minute 66 to replace Federico Bernardeschi while the match was still tied. How did Dybala impacted his team.
The 1st half was clearly dominated by Leverkusen, although there were chances for both sides. Juventus pressing was non-existent, and the connection between midfield-attack wasn’t working unless Miralem Pjanic found some space behind the defensive line in order to release Ronaldo’s speed. In the 2nd half, La Vecchia Signora started much more aggressive in their pressing, as they were more compact and could find passing lanes much easier. It seemed like a matter of time until the first goal.
However, that only happened when Paulo Dybala substituted an uninspiring Bernardeschi, who’s still playing in a position that’s not his, as he performs better as a second striker or out wide. With Rabiot, Pjanic and Cuadrado holding the midfield, Sarri unleashed Ronaldo, Dybala and Higuain in search of the win. And it paid off. So why doesn’t he lineup more times with these three upfront? Even if defensively they’re not that great or don’t contribute like others, he can always opt for a more conservative midfield to prevent such an unbalanced front line.
“Right now, playing three forwards is difficult due to the characteristics of the players.”
“You can’t prohibit Dybala from dropping deep. And at the same time, Cristiano’s characteristics are not to play too central. We must take some precautions to fill the penalty area more.”
Juventus has not been playing well this season while having a squad fully capable of creating chances and scoring goals. The experiment went well in Germany. Shouldn’t Sarri stick with it? Or will he revert to his traditional 4-2-3-1?
65' Bayer 0-0 Juventus— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) December 11, 2019
66' Dybala replaces Bernardeschi ??
75' Dybala assists Cristiano ?
92' Dybala assists Higuain ?
The man Juventus almost let go has been the most important player of the season so far ???? what a response from La Joya ???? @PauDybala_JR pic.twitter.com/ChFtdNRFPk
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