After their unexpected grout stage exit at the hands of Galatasaray in Istanbul, the Serie A champions (Juventus) have not looked back in dismay. In fact, they have went on a run of wins with their most recent one arriving against the formerly undefeated AS Roma.
The Serie A is truly competitive with teams such as Inter Milan, AC Milan, Napoli, Fiorentina, Udinese and the aforementioned Roma and Juventus. Therefore, when one top team is able to blow out another, that surely must mean that the winner is visibly a step higher than the others within the league. That is saying something because they have done this time and time again.
The team plays with three defenders, five midfielders and two strikers. Sometimes they switch to a 4-3-3 against better European opposition, but for the most part, they play with the former style. This allows them to push up more and counter in a swift manner. When everyone is concentrating, they end up winning by more than one or two goals, just like they proved over the weekend.
Their influential duo up top are none other than Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente. These guys have scored big for their former clubs and are still looking to be at their very best for their new Italian outfit. Tevez does the hard work by creating chances for himself and others while Llorente is more of a target man who can score quite well with both his feet and head.
When healthy, midfield veteran Andrea Pirlo is absolutely influential as he sees the entire field and has one of the best free-kicks in the world. He teams up in the heart of the midfield with youngster Paul Pogba who cleans up while Arturo Vidal does a bit of cleaning, assisting and scoring to push the team to the top.
The defense is led by Giorgio Chiellini, who is strong both on the ground and in the air as heading is one of his true specialties. He can even push up to create chances as long as a teammate covers his post. He would easily be considered captain if long-time keeper Gianluigi Buffon weren’t still playing.
This team deservedly ripped Roma, who are a more than decent team themselves. If they can do that against them, imagine what they can do against the remainder of the league if they can keep playing at this respectably high level.