This article is all about Massimiliano Allegri’s tactic at Juventus FC. The Italian manager has been the boss of The Old Lady since 2014. And, he has employed some tactical methods since then. However, this post will only focus on the 4-3-3 tactic he usually uses in this 2018/2019 campaign. Thus, this brings about “FM19 Allegri’s 4-3-3 tactic.”
Allegri has his own unique style of play. However, he’s a very cautious manager. Because of his cautious nature, Juventus is well known for their defensive strength. Max Allegri sometimes switches to a back 5 system (5-3-2 setup) just to protect a lead – part of the reasons Juventus concede less than any other team in Serie A. But, we aren’t going to talk about Allegri’s 5-3-2/3-5-2 tactic here.
Tactic: 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 Formation
Juventus like to build up from the back. This is something seen often times this season. Their two main central defenders, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, have the confidence of moving the ball forward when there’s no shorter passing often. In addition to that, their first choice, Wojciech Szczesny, has the perfect composure to initiate this kind of build-up.
Apart from building up from the back, Allegri’s men most times focus their play towards the flanks. They like to attack from both wings. However, their passing directness is somewhat standard – a bit short somehow. And they mostly play in lower tempo.
In this season, Allegri’s team prefers attacking through the flanks. The main strategy is to put up good crosses into the opposition box. The aerial quality of C. Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic has made this strategy effective for them. Also, their fullbacks have that quality to put up great crosses for the attackers.
This strategy has also been effective in FM19 while using this tactic. As you can see in the screenshot below, our goals mostly, come from crosses. This is just how Juventus get most of their goals in real life.
Apart from hitting crosses, Juventus usually take advantage of rebounds. And this is another way the team gets their goals. They have the ability to shoot on target from long range.
The screenshot below displays the in-possession part of this tactic in FM19
The way Juventus play when it comes to transitioning is quite different. They don’t usually engage in counter pressing. And, going for a quick counter attack is just what Max Allegri doesn’t value much this season. His team tends to hold shape when in possession. The screenshot below shows the in-transition part of this tactic.
The defensive structure of Juventus is somewhat impressive. While defending, the 4-3-3 formation dynamically changes to 4-4-2 or 4-5-1. They like to hold a lower block defensive structure, with the fullbacks being touchline oriented. In this sense, the defensive line is lower while it’s width is wide. This setup makes it very difficult to get Juventus on counter attack.
Shown below is the out-of-possession part of this tactic.
Furthermore, when Allegri is satisfied with the result, he sometimes switches to a back 5 system. This method is often seen whenever he uses the 3-5-2 formation. But, his 3-5-2 (the formation he used to beat ATM in UCL round 16, 2nd leg) will be showcased later in another article.
Roles and Duties
Keeper: Sweeper Keeper (Attack)
In this role, both Wojciech Szczesny and Perin are good sweeper keepers. They have the footwork and mental ability to go for shorter passing options when under pressure. Moreover, any of them can move with the ball at their feet.
Central Defenders: Ball Playing Defender (Stopper) and Central Defender (Defend)
As I have said before, the combination of a BPD and CD is solid when applied in any FM19 tactic. At Juventus, the combination of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci is very solid. They have a good chemistry. Thus, their defence is like wall of Jericho. Chiellini mostly plays as the traditional CD with the best positioning.
Bonucci, on the other hand, is more like a stopper. He’s a BPD who’s confident with the ball and has the ability to hit accurate long range passes. On stopper duty, he usually steps ahead of the defensive line to close down opposition players. This is what he normally does in Juve games.
When it comes to Daniele Rugani, introducing him to any of these roles in FM19 is not a bad idea at all. He’s a great young defender who can handle the tasks exceedingly well.
Side Backs: Complete Wingbacks (Support)
For the side-backs, Juventus are equipped with excellent players who can balance their offensive and defensive mentality. Irrespective of that, they are good in aiming accurate crosses and have the dribbling ability needed. This is why they are more of complete wingbacks. Most time, it’s Alex Sandro on the left while João Cancelo takes the right.
Defensive Midfield: Deep Lying Playmaker (Support)
Miralem Pjanic is the key player who mostly takes up this role. His job is to distribute to the flanks from the middle. He can switch play too. And, in some cases, he drops too deep to help the defence. When it comes to the team’s build up, Pjanic plays a key role in breaking up opposition press. His anticipation, passing, vision, and confidence with the ball are world-class.
Central Midfield: Box-to-Box Midfielder (Support) and Mezzala (Support)
In some instances, Blaise Matuidi, when on the left side, plays as a mezzala midfielder who drifts wide when the team attacks. But, in most cases, he acts as a tireless box-to-box midfielder. He contributes a lot in both team’s attacking and defensive phases.
However, since this season, the MCR position has featured F. Bernardeschi, R. Bentancur, and Emre Can under Allegri’s 4-3-3. These players get different roles when present. But in FM19, I prefer using the MEZ role, which Bernardeschi and Bentancur can perform well in. Emre can take up Matuidi’s BBM role.
Please know that you’re free to rotate these roles anyhow you find effective in FM19
Side Attacking Midfield: Raumdeuter (Attack) and Inside Forward (Attack)
Ronaldo’s quality in air and ability to exploit spaces make him a perfect wide target man and raumdeuter. This is how he contributes immensely in Juve games. But between WTM and RMD roles, the RMD is best for Ronaldo. Moreover, he likes to shoot from a distance (that’s why I selected shoot-more-often in PI). Besides, he has the ability to score from a distance.
As you can see from the screenshot below, Ronaldo is the second highest goal scorer even though I sidelined him a few times due to injury.
On the dexter side, Allegri features either Dybala or Bernardeschi as inside forwards who can drift inside and draw the opposition defensive line out of space, giving the right CWB space to operate.
Alternatively, in some instances, the Italian manger plays Juan Cuadrado (mostly on the right) or Coast (mostly on the left) as an attacking winger whenever he needs quick attacking transitioning and more byline crosses. You can make such changes too in this tactic in FM19.
Central Forward: Target Man (Support)
Because of the crossing strategy, Allegri’s prefers keeping a target man upfront. Mario Mandzukic has created great impressions while playing this role (in both real life and FM19). Sometimes, Max Allegri places Dybala in the central forward position as a False 9. But, in FM19, I didn’t find this setup effective. I prefer playing Dybala as an Inside Forward while using this tactic.
To get this tactic to perform better when it comes to defending, I used both man-to-man and zonal marking systems in open play. The screenshot below shows how I man-mark few positions while playing against some formation. The position labelled under is what you should use to specifically mark the circled position.
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