Juventus
    17.05.2014 18:17 - in: Serie A S

    #TacticalTalk: Cagliari

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    A susceptibility to headed goals and prolific periods at the end of matches stand out as two aspects of the Rossoblu’s play which could swing things when they visit Juventus Stadium tomorrow

    The Bianconeri have never been able to beat their final 2013/14 opponents Cagliari at Juventus Stadium yet, so the Rossoblu will provide an intriguing tactical challenge for Antonio Conte.

    Although they have only managed to keep one clean sheet away from home since the beginning of 2014, at the back the Rossoblu are reasonably accomplished. There are strong foundations in the form of goalkeeper Vlada Avramov, who has a 71.9 per cent save success rate this season (the seventh highest in the top flight).

    The team also possess a good creative driving force in captain Daniele Conti, 13th in the Serie A rankings in terms of passes in the opposition area, but they have often lacked the cutting edge up front that would have seen his work converted into goals.

    The Rossoblu forwards are the second least prolific in the league away from home, and in total they have netted just 34 goals in total (less than half the Bianconeri’s tally). Cagliari’s four strikers Marco Sau, Victor Ibarbo, Mauricio Pinilla and Nene have scored a combined 22 goals, just three more than Carlos Tevez’s personal haul.

    Two more factors in their lack of goals are as follows: they are the only team to have not had a defender on the scoresheet this season, and have missed three penalties from eight.

    A notable and often pivotal aspect of the opposition’s game is that 41 per cent of their goals have come in the final 15 minutes of matches, a period when they come into their own. Just one, on the other hand, has been scored in the opening quarter of an hour.

    One standout statistic in particular that appears to bode trouble for the Rossoblu is their performance in the air: whereas they themselves have conceded the most headers in Serie A (13), Juve have scored the most (11).

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