Preview: Juventus set for tactical switch against Atletico Madrid

Max Allegri is bracing up to make some tactical changes ahead of their Champions League decider with Atletico Madrid.

With Juve two goals down after the first leg in Spain, Allegri is ready to sacrifice some key players to overhaul the deficit at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Bianconeri overturned last season’s 3-0 defeat at home to Madrid in the Second leg at the Bernabeu, only for a late Ronaldo penalty to ruin the show.

Team News

Alex Sandro is suspended, with Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli and Sami Khedira unavailable.

Costa may not be fully fit to start after a lengthy lay-off, meaning Joao Cancelo and Leonardo Spinazzola are the only wide players available.

Possible tactical changes

According to Football Italia, Max Allegri could start with a 3-5-2 that has Cancelo moved to the left and Federico Bernardeschi out wide on the right.

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That could see Dybala drafted into the squad or Mandzukic or Cristiano Ronaldo will retain their positions.

However, Dybala may get the nod ahead of Mario based on mobility and what he can bring to the attack- his flair and goals.

Another formation in the bid to get the goals will be a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bernardeschi, Dybala and Mandzukic supporting Ronaldo in the centre-forward role.

This would mean dropping a midfielder, most likely Miralem Pjanic, to provide better protection to the back four.


The Old lady are famous for their comebacks in recent seasons having secured a win over Spurs at Wembley after conceding two goals at home and scoring thrice at the Bernabeu, with a 3-0 deficit in the first leg.

But it remains difficult to see how they can break down a disciplined Rojiblancos team that hardly ships in goals.


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