Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Allegri’s Milan outplayed across the pitch

November 13, 2012
Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Allegri’s Milan outplayed across the pitch

Fiorentina produced an excellent display, particularly in the first half, while Milan looked completely uncomfortable in their system.

Max Allegri continued with the 4-2-3-1 system he’d successfully used in the 5-1 win over Cheivo, but brought back Philippe Mexes, Mattia De Sciglio and Kevin-Prince Boateng into the side.

Vincenzo Montella was without Stevan Jovetic, so used Luca Toni as his primary striker.

Fiorentina’s system seemed to cause Milan problems across the pitch – they were unable to win the ball quickly and didn’t exploit their numerical advantage on the flanks. Read more »

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: poor quality game with goals from corners

November 12, 2012
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: poor quality game with goals from corners

Brendan Rodgers started with three centre-backs, but switched to a back four during the second half.

Roberto Di Matteo used his expected front four, but surprisingly used Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back, presumably because he wanted pace and/or attacking drive. Branislav Ivanovic shifted into the centre.

Rodgers included Jamie Carragher, with Martin Skrtel unavailable. Suso was only on the bench, having often started in a front three in recent weeks.

Liverpool dominated possession throughout the game, but became more dangerous when reverting to a back four. Read more »

Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham: Mancini’s three-man defence shows first positive signs

November 12, 2012
Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham: Mancini’s three-man defence shows first positive signs

Manchester City turned the game around with a strong second half performance, helped by Roberto Mancini’s mid-game formation switch.

Mancini named Aleksandar Kolarov on the left of midfield, with Samir Nasri ill. David Silva returned on the right, while Matija Nastasic was again at centre-back. Javi Garcia was on the bench, and Mario Balotelli left out completely.

Andre Villas-Boas decided to use Emmanuel Adebayor upfront instead of Jermain Defoe, and Brad Friedel was picked ahead of Hugo Lloris.

This was an interesting tactical contest – Mancini’s switch wasn’t the only key feature, and it wasn’t the sole reason City won, but it was certainly an important factor. Read more »