Maurizio Sarri explained Juventus will work on both the 4-3-3 and 4-3-1-2 formations after fighting back to beat Brescia 2-1, especially after Danilo’s injury.
Alfredo Donnarumma had bent back Wojciech Szczesny’s gloves after just four minutes to put the Rondinelle in front, but a Chancellor own goal and Miralem Pjanic volley after a free kick turned the game around.
The Bianconeri had made some tactical adjustments in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, using Aaron Ramsey as a trequartista in the hole behind Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.
“We improved a great deal in our passing and had more control of the game, but we need to improve in our defending. I saw steps forward in the way we created chances too, as there were basically three goal-line clearances and it wasn’t easy after going behind within four minutes in a passionate atmosphere,” the Coach told DAZN.
Sarri was asked why he had moved from the 4-3-3 to 4-3-1-2 in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested for this midweek round.
“I think we need to be ready for both tactics right now. We have some problems with the full-backs and a lot of attacking midfielders, so it seems wise to make the most of the resources at our disposal.
“If later in the season our full-backs are all in great shape, then we can reconsider the approach, but it’s important to be prepared for all scenarios.
“I had already been thinking about introducing Juan Cuadrado for the second half at right-back, but it was rushed by Danilo’s injury this evening.
“At the start of the season, Douglas Costa was the one making the difference and I wanted to make the most of that form. Paulo Dybala was doing well recently, so it was right to use him tonight.
“With the trequartista, Aaron Ramsey is best suited to the role right now, while there’s also Rabiot. In some games, I am convinced Dybala can also help us out as a trequartista, although I prefer him a few metres further forward.
“Dybala showed a lot of quality, did well in combining at pace with Ramsey, he went off with a slight knock and we’ll see how he’s doing.
“Matthijs De Ligt is growing, we need a little patience. He is very young, came from a very different style of football at Ajax. He is phenomenal, but not ready yet. Don’t forget Kalidou Koulibaly struggled a little in the first few months of Serie A with Napoli too.
“We’ve lost a charismatic player in defence like Giorgio Chiellini, then Mattia De Sciglio and today Danilo. At times we are vulnerable in defence as a team and not just because of the defenders. I want to see the goal we conceded tonight, but I don’t think it was entirely the fault of the back four.”