The failures of a 3-5-2 formation

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Another disappointing performance by Juventus, who once again proved they struggle to play in the afternoon. With Roma having only managed a draw against Empoli on Saturday night, this was the perfect chance to create a larger gap at the top of the table. However, forced to revert back to their old shape, an imprecise and sloppy Juventus only managed a scoreless draw against an Udinese side that was both balanced and ambitious.

It's never easy to face an Andrea Stramaccioni side, especially if you're a big team. The master of opposition scouting, he studied the Bianconeri well, noted the absences and played an excellent game that forced the opponent to run a few risks. Unlike other opposing teams that tend to take a defensive approach against Juventus, prioritising their security over the will to win, Udinese played an intelligent game when deployed in their 3-4-1-2 formation. They closed the gaps, man-marked Juve's best players and provoked errors.

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