Claiming their seventh Supercoppa, Juventus defeated Lazio 2-0 in Shanghai on Saturday to win their first trophy of the season. Banishing a certain amount of pressure, Juventus demonstrated that while how many may doubt the team's capability for ongoing success, they are still a heavily motivated giant vying for more honours.
Stefano Pioli's team had started preseason training some 10 days before theBianconeri, as they not only had to contend with Juventus for this trophy but will have to fight Bayer Leverkusen to qualify for the Champions League in a little over a week. Yet despite the extra days they had to raise their fitness levels and improve their understanding of tactical patterns, the Aquile were shockingly lacklustre, looking almost unfit when they were thought to have been boasting superior physical fitness levels at this stage of the season.
Deployed in a 4-3-3 formation, the usually brilliant Biancocelesti coach is seemingly struggling to convey his strategies... To read more, click here.