The difficulties Juventus faced in expressing their usual brand of football are laid bare when examining the statistics from yesterday’s replayed final Champions League Group B fixture at the Turk Telekom Arena.
The muddy pitch, severely cut up after the efforts made to clear the snow that caused the original game to be abandoned after 31 minutes on Tuesday night, proved a severe obstacle to the control that the reigning champions of Italy are accustomed to enjoying when on the ball.
On the face of it the Bianconeri matched their opponents all the way, registering marginally less possession (49.4 per cent) and two fewer shots than Galatasaray’s total of 13.
One statistic that did fall in the visitors’ favour, mainly down to the efforts in the final third of Carlos Tevez, was the amount of attempts on target - three to two.
Traditionally a tight, compact team that maintains a high line on the field of play, Juventus were forced to change tack in the testing conditions, spreading out to cover as much space as possible. Their usual high possession completion rate was one aspect to take a significant hit, dropping to below 70 per cent.
Individually speaking, the aforementioned Tevez was the Bianconeri’s best performer, producing the highest number of completed passes (37), creating five opportunities for team-mates and seeing two shots on target pushed away by Uruguayan shotstopper Fernando Muslera.