09.05.2014 17:41 - in: Serie A S

    #TacticalTalk: Roma

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    Two Giallorossi players jointly top the Serie A assist table, and as well as the returning Mattia Destro the Bianconeri will have to watch out for the danger Rudi Garcia’s men pose from corners

    Antonio Conte was the first manager in Italy to beat Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia when the teams last met in Serie A on 5 January, and the task he faces on Sunday is doing so again against a side who have stayed hot but not quite hot enough on Juve’s heels this season.

    Not enough in the sense that their challenge on the Bianconeri’s pole position finally came to an end last weekend in a 4-1 loss away at Catania, a crushing defeat that extinguished their title hopes for good.

    Not since February 2013 had Roma shipped so many goals in Serie A as they did at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, but it’s their home form that will concern Juve as they prepare to make the trip to the Stadio Olimpico.

    And it certainly isn’t an easy place to go: Garcia’s men are still unbeaten at home in the league this season, with 15 wins and three draws, and they’re Serie A’s only team never to have found themselves behind at home.

    Sunday’s clash will be a meeting of the leagues’ two most prolific sides. Roma’s 4-3-3 formation in which they pack the central midfield and allow the wing-backs to get forward has seen them score just four fewer goals than Juve’s 76, and just like the Bianconeri they have scored nine from corners – an area which Juventus will need to watch out for.

    One of Roma’s biggest attacking threats is Gervinho, who will become the first top-flight player to reach double figures for both goals and assists this season if he scores on Sunday. The Ivorian is currently tied with Francesco Totti at the top of the Serie A assist leaderboard on 10.

    Returning from suspension for this match is Mattia Destro, who is on fire with seven goals on his last six league appearances.

    The Giallorossi have sent more shots towards goal than any other Serie A team so far - 447 compared to the Bianconeri’s 433 - and have also made more passes overall (543 to 520).

    But Juve have been more precise in their shooting, and the 358 efforts they’ve allowed their opposition is a lower figure than anyone else’s.

    The status of the league’s best defence, on the other hand, is shared – 23 goals conceded each.

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