On the evening of August 8, Beijing time, Juventus Football Club issued an official statement, officially announcing the dismissal of Italian coach Maurizio Sarri. During the coaching of the Bianconeri, Sarri helped the team defend the Serie A championship this season (this is also Sarri’s first Serie A title in his coaching career), but lost to Naples in the Coppa Italia final and was defeated in the Champions League 1/8 final. First team Lyon eliminated.
北京时间8月8日晚，尤文图斯足球俱乐部发表正式声明，正式宣布解雇意大利教练毛里齐奥·萨里（Maurizio Sarri）。在Bianconeri执教期间，Sarri帮助球队捍卫了本赛季的意甲冠军（这也是Sarri执教生涯中的第一个意甲冠军），但在意大利杯决赛中输给了那不勒斯，并在冠军联赛1中被击败/ 8决赛。一队里昂被淘汰。
For Juventus fans, the league championship may make them forget their lead of only 1 point (this season’s Serie A runner-up Inter Milan is only 1 point behind Juventus), and the defeat in the Coppa Italia may be attributed to "distractions." Frontline", but being eliminated by Lyon, who is far weaker than himself on paper in the Champions League 1/8 final, is something that no one can tolerate. It is worth mentioning that this time being eliminated by Lyon also set an embarrassing record in the history of Juventus: This is the first time in the history of the old woman that he lost to the French team in the knockout round of the European War. The Bianconeri faced 12 times before. The French teams are able to advance smoothly.
Judging from the data given by the German transfer market, the current Juventus team is worth 620 million euros, ranking 11th in the world. The Lyon team is worth 360 million euros, ranking 20th in the world. Juventus is one level higher than Lyon, not to mention that they are still sitting on the "Champions League" Cristiano Ronaldo, and the final ending like this is really embarrassing.
Fans' criticism of Sarri began as early as the middle of the season, when the Bianconeri not only failed to lead the Serie A standings, but fell behind Inter Milan. What made the fans even more angry is that the star-studded Juventus in the frontcourt still failed to show offensive tactics after running in many games, but was ridiculed as a "constipation attack" because of the vague tactics. Although Juventus finally completed their nine consecutive Serie A championships, it does not mean that they have shown how outstanding a competitive state in the final stage, but because rivals Lazio and Inter Milan have overturned. From this point of view, this Juventus's Serie A championship this season is really lucky.
Indeed, Sarri’s transformation of Juventus can only be described as “a complete failure”. Not only did the fans fail to see the mercury-like attack, even the defense that was once stable seems to no longer exist: Juventus this season Serie A conceded a total of 43 goals, a record high since the 2011-2012 season (in the previous 8 seasons, Juventus only conceded a maximum of 30 goals in a single season). In this way, Surrey's "dishes" seem to be nailed. But from another perspective, where is Surrey's "dish"? Why does the old lady who has a lot of stars never find the offensive and defensive state she deserves?
2017~2018 season Serie A standings
Surrey’s true reputation dates back to his time in Naples. In his first season in the Lightning Army, Sarri led the team to the runner-up with 25 wins, 7 draws, 6 losses and 82 points. In the 2017~2018 season, Surrey’s Naples set a runner-up record with 91 points for the highest points in Serie A history.
It is not accidental that Sarri succeeded in Naples. He perfectly integrated his advocating 433 system into the team's tactics, and showed a very smooth offensive football posture. With such a good start, Sarri has firmly regarded the 433 formation as his first choice during his time at Chelsea and Juventus. In the 2018~2019 season, Surrey’s Chelsea chose 433 as the starting formation in all 38 Premier League games; this season, Surrey has only used two starting formations-4312 and 433 (4312 formation 17 games, 433 formation 21 field).
To some extent, the 4312 formation and the 433 formation actually have something in common. It is precisely for this reason that these two formations have common shortcomings: weak side defenses and fear of counterattacks.
As we all know, Juventus is a team that advocates wide attacking, but considering Ronaldo’s special playing style (the Portuguese is a left winger on the tactical board, but they are used to receiving center forwards during the game. Position involved in outflank), their wing attack is very dependent on the insertion of two full backs. It is precisely because of this offensive method that Juventus often exposes huge wing gaps in the midfield and even the backcourt. The opposing team will ambush 1 or 2 counter-attacks on the two sides. Once the defender breaks the ball, he will use a simple and clear long pass to send the ball to the Juventus side vacuum area.
According to Sarri's coaching ideas, he rarely chooses a formation other than 433. The reason why he has used the 4312 formation 17 times this season is more because the team is affected by injuries at the winger position. At the beginning of the season, Juventus's main right winger Douglas Costa missed a lot of games due to injuries, and even after his comeback, he could not be the main force in a short time. In this context, the only high-level right winger in the Juventus team is Cuadrado, and the latter has served as a right back in most games this season, so the old woman’s right wing often It is vacant.
Bernardeschi league statistics
Forcibly pushing players from other positions to the wing forward, this tactic is obviously not effective. In desperation, Sarri could only change into 4312, transforming the unvacant right winger into an attacking midfielder. Then the question is again: who will be the midfielder? Sarri initially chose the 26-year-old Italian international Bernardeschi, but the latter's offensive score was really disappointing: it was not until the 36th round that he scored his first league goal this season.
Judging from the various data on the offensive organization, Bernardeschi's performance is still unsatisfactory. The Italian international has only completed 1 assist in Serie A this season (ranking 13th among all players in the same position), creating great opportunities, key passes per game, and passes per game. People's expectations. In subsequent interviews, Sarri also explained his stubborn use of Bernardeschi: "His efficiency on the offensive end is very low. This is one aspect he needs to improve, but he has made great defensive efforts. contribution."
It can be found that one of the main reasons Sarri insists on using Bernardeschi is because of his defensive attitude. Then the question is again: the front midfielder behind the two forwards is so lack of creativity, then who is Juventus connecting the frontcourt? According to Sarri’s presupposition, this character should be the Bianconeri’s single midfielder-Pjanic. The latter, who was once the core of Juventus under Allegri’s rule, has a balanced left and right foot ability and excellence. The overall view of the field is fully capable of supporting Juventus' entire organizational system.
Regrettably, the 30-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina star fell into confusion this season. Pjanic has only created 3 excellent scoring opportunities in the league this season, averaging only 1.9 key passes per game. Compared with last season, Pjanic’s contribution to threatening ball passing is indeed a lot less this season (the excellent scoring opportunities he created last season and the number of key passes per game are ranked among all players in the same position. The first place).
At the same time, as a defensive midfielder, Pjanic's accuracy in the past seems to be declining. His long pass success rate reached 81% last season, ranking first among all players in the same position. This data dropped to 70% this season, only ranking 18th among all players in the same position. In addition, Pjanic’s success rate of frontcourt passes, midfield pass success rates, backcourt pass success rates, cross success rates, and through pass success rates are different compared to last season. The degree of decline.
Pianni is only 30 years old. How could his condition slip like this in just one season? The reason is not entirely due to him, but is also inextricably linked to the constant absence of surrounding teammates. As we all know, even Pjanic at his peak is not the kind of offensive and defensive midfielder. The rich technical characteristics can support his complex offensive routines such as small-scale penetration in the frontcourt and long passes to the back, but it is relatively thin. The body also hinders its contribution on the defensive end.
In this context, Pjanic needs a number of midfield teammates to help him "wipe his butt", these people are generally Matuidi, Emre Can, Khedira. However, as Emre Zhan went away, Matuidi and Khedira (especially Khedira) missed many games of the team due to injuries. Pjanic often fell into a tight siege, and there was no way. Freely use their organizational talents. At the same time, Rabiot and Ramsey, who joined the team not long ago, have not yet fully integrated into the tactical system. Pjanic is often in a very unsuitable state of holding the ball. In many cases, he can only perform very safe laterals. Pass or pass back, so it also won an embarrassing title-Pi back pass.
在这种情况下，潘贾尼克需要一些中场队友来帮助他“擦屁股”，这些人通常是马蒂伊迪，埃姆雷坎，赫迪拉。但是，随着詹姆（Emre Zhan）离开，马蒂伊迪（Muiduidi）和赫迪拉（Khedira）（尤其是赫迪拉）由于受伤缺席了很多场比赛。潘雅尼克经常陷入严峻的围困之中，没有办法。自由运用他们的组织才能。同时，不久前加入该团队的拉比奥特（Rabiot）和拉姆西（Ramsey）尚未完全融入战术系统。 Pjanic经常处于控球状态。在许多情况下，他只能做非常安全的支路。传球或传球，所以它也赢得了令人尴尬的称号Pi传球。
The most intuitive manifestation of the lack of creativity in the midfield is the sharp decrease in the number of forwards. This season's Juventus always presents such an awkward scene in the attacking process: Ronaldo waits for a long time in the front court, and his teammates pass for a long time in the midfield.
In order to reverse the weak offensive situation, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala often withdrew from the penalty area significantly during the game and came to the midfield to help organize and channel. The above picture lists the heat maps of Cristiano Ronaldo in this season and the 2017~2018 season. It can be found that the Portuguese did not retreat to the midfield by a large margin during Real Madrid. His more activity area is still in the midfield. Left and the restricted area. After coming to Juventus, because the midfield teammates could not provide enough fire support for himself, Ronaldo could only retreat to the midfield to assist the organization. This season, his activity time and scope of activities in the midfield are far More than the restricted area.
Staying away from the penalty area will not only speed up Cristiano Ronaldo's physical consumption, but also reduce the threat of the Bianconeri to the opponent's goal. Since Cristiano Ronaldo has no way to involve the opponent's 1 or 2 central defenders in the penalty area, the opponent's back defense will show a more flexible overall sense of movement, and Juventus's combined side-in-between routine has no way to show it. At the same time, because teammates can provide little help in the offensive process, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala can only use a very helpless two-person cooperation to forcibly penetrate the attack.
Although Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala are both top stars in world football today, they can't stand the siege of many people. Today's opponents facing Juventus have summed up a mature defensive plan: cut off the connection between Ronaldo and Dybala. The picture above is a microcosm of the Coppa Italia final this season. When Ronaldo retreated to the midfield to control the ball, 3 to 4 Naples immediately formed a siege (1 blocked the side route, 1 One person blocked the forward route, and two people blocked the cooperation route with Dybala). In this way, Ronaldo, who has extremely strong personal ability, can finally only lose the ball in a crowd of people.
Since the middle road is not accessible, go to the side road. As a team with a mature wing offensive system, Juventus have shown a relatively good combination of sides in the past few seasons. There are three full-backs in the Juventus team that can get ample opportunities to play this season. They are Brazilian Sandro and Danilo, Colombian Quadrado, and Sandro and Quadrado are the main players. More stable.
As the team's main left-back, Sandro has only 24% of crosses this season, ranking 9th among all players in the same position. At the same time, his frontcourt pass success rate was only 77%, ranking 6th among all players in the same position. Juventus’s main right back, Cuadrado’s pass success rate is only 28%, but he has a rich winger experience in the frontcourt. His pass success rate is much higher than Sandro, reaching 85. %.
Quadrado's performance this season has been criticized by many fans. As a full-back with a wealth of winger experience, the Colombian international has provided very little offensive help for the team. At the same time, the past experience of wingers seems to have made him obsessed with dribbling, which is a taboo of wing backs. In this context, Quadrado’s failure to return to position in time due to past assists has appeared many times this season, and the right side he guards has also become a key offensive target for many teams.
Why did Sarri withdraw Quadrado to the full-back position? Perhaps this is also a helpless move. After the Portuguese star Cancelo left the team, Juventus's selection at the right back position became more and more stretched. In addition, Real Madrid star Danilo has always performed poorly, and sometimes there will be serious defensive errors. In desperation, Quadrado, who has full-back experience, can only bite the bullet.
Soon after the dismissal of Sarri, Juventus announced the promotion of the club's U23 coach Pirlo to the first team coach, which was only 10 days after the latter took office as the U23 coach. As a player, Pirlo's career is indeed brilliant, but as a coach, his career is just blank. Before he was promoted to Juventus' first-team coach, Pirlo had never had any coaching experience, which inevitably made the Bianconeri fans doubt the Italian star's coaching ability.
From another perspective, in fact, we can also understand the ideas of Juventus's senior management: in today's world football, it seems that the coaching team of famous celebrities has gradually become the norm, Chelsea’s Lampard, Manchester United’s Solskoia, and Royal Zidane in Madrid has achieved success. The reason is very simple. Although they don't have much previous coaching experience, they know the team's team building ideas and core tactics very well, and can help the team construct a set of realistic offensive and defensive tactics in a short time.
Sarri's "dish" at Juventus has become a reality, but he also used this ending to tell the latecomers a truth: blindly pursuing smooth and gorgeous offensive routines is not desirable, and Juventus's "stable and conservative" genes are not so easy to change. In order to maintain a stable record in this renewal period, Pirlo should not continue to pursue too extreme offensive along the previous path, but should change his mindset and retrieve the Juventus spirit of his era.