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      14.02.2014 12:14 - in: Serie A S

      #TacticalTalk: Chievo Verona

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      Though the Gialloblu tend to play the same 3-5-2 formation as Juventus, they are struggling primarily because of the stark contrast between the two sides’ success in attack

      Chievo Verona have never had so few points at this stage in a Serie A campaign, and the fundamental problem is that Eugenio Corini’s men have struggled to score, particularly away from home.

      They’ve managed more than one goal in just three of their 23 games this season, and have netted just six from open play on the road; only Cagliari have a worse record in the top flight.  

      Only one Gialloblu goal has come from a dead ball situation, a Boukary Dramè nod home from a Bostjan Cesar free-kick against Fiorentina, and that header is also the only one they have registered this season.

      While Juventus are the league’s most prolific team after the half-time break, all of Chievo’s goals in their last eight games have come in the first half, and they’ve only scored five in total following the restart.

      Alberto Paloschi is the team’s most prolific player with five goals, while Cyril Thereau is second with four.

      The Frenchman clearly relishes the challenge of playing against Juventus – he’s scored two in his last two outings against Antonio Conte’s men - but is currently without a goal in his last six games.

      Elsewhere in the team, a key player for Corini is Finnish midfielder Perparim Hetemaj. A gritty presence in the centre, he’s made more tackles than any other Gialloblu man.

      While the Chievo boss lined his men up in Juventus’ trademark 3-5-2 formation in the 1-1 draw away at Napoli and the subsequent 2-0 defeat at home to Lazio, in last week’s 3-0 defeat to Udinese he experimented with a slightly tweaked 3-5-1-1.

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