When Fiorentina hosts Juventus, fireworks, pizzazz and a touch of elegance on the pitch are always expected. Instead, viewers for the latest edition were subjected to a stop-start game full of venomous fouls but little entertaining play culminating in 0-0 result. With both sides seemingly happy with the point, the game proved disappointing to those who sought thrills.
Injuries and suspensions forced Massimiliano Allegri to revert to a 3-5-2 formation and with it, all of Juve's previous weaknesses were once again exposed. For a side that has played such fluid attacking football for all of November in their new shape, this match was a return to a more muted performance going forward with little thrust. It all seemed rather pedestrian and awfully predictable.
To be fair to Allegri, he was forced to play without his favoured wing-backs while he opted to rest the likes of Carlos Tevez and Claudio Marchisio.
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