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      21.03.2014 17:14 - in: Serie A S

      #TacticalTalk: Catania

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      The Rossazzurri are bottom of the Serie A table primarily due to a lack of goals and a particular vulnerability to conceding in the last 15 minutes

      In stark contrast to the firepower of the Juve forwards, the most deadly attack in Serie A, Sunday’s opponents Catania are the least prolific team in the league with 21 goals so far.

      It’s for that reason that the Rossazzurri have already recorded five 0-0 draws in this season’s campaign (more than any other side), and usually struggle to come back once they have gone behind, with just two draws to show from the 18 matches in which they’ve been forced to chase.

      When they do score, Rolando Maran’s men typically net from within the box, and no less than 19 of their 21 Serie A goals have been put home by members of the team’s Argentine contingent.

      Gonzalo Bergessio is their top scorer with five - two of which have come in the last two games – while Pablo Barrientos and Lucas Castro are close behind him with four and three respectively.

      But opportunities in front of goal have also frequently gone begging: Sunday’s clash pits together the side with Serie A’s highest chance conversion rate (Juventus, 18.4 per cent) and the one with the lowest (Catania, 8.1 per cent).

      Their lack of goals is not for want of an attacking formation: Maran deployed a 4-3-3 for the crucial bottom-of-the-table clash away at Sassuolo, where they were defeated 3-1, and the same in the 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari before that. 

      One reason why the Rossazzurri struggle to find the net could perhaps be due to the lack of precision in their passes that has seen them record the division’s lowest completion rate, meaning attacks often fizzle out before they reach the strikers.

      Another key contribution to their undoing has been that no other side has conceded more goals in the final fifteen minutes of their Serie A games.

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