Serie A leaders Inter Milan suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Lazio on Sunday, with Brazilian Felipe Melo getting himself sent off in the dying stages of the match for an outrageous challenge on Lucas Biglia
Inter Milan rolled back the years to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A on Wednesday on a night of upsets that saw champions Juventus held by Frosinone and Roma lose to Sampdoria.
With the arrival of Andrea Pirlo and Michele Pazienza it looks increasingly certain that Juventus midfield will undergo a makeover for next season. TheHardTackle makes a case for persisting with Felipe Melo-Alberto Aquilani's partnership for one more season.
It’s often said that most battles are won in the midfield. Under the tutelage of Del Neri, the Juventus midfield has emerged as one of the strongest in Serie A. Here's a look at the men who have made the Old Lady's 4-4-2 work.
Juventus looks like a mini-hospital right now as a host of players are out with injuries. Cesena, who havent won a game since September will look to take advantage of this injury crisis.
The woeful form of Melo and Sissoko has often been one of the weakness of Juventus, in the past few seasons. This is not what the Old Lady's supporters have been used to as the position of defensive midfielder was one position that was always treasured in Turin.
In Part-2 of the series, TheHardTackle's Somnath Sengupta analyzes how Brazilian football became more defensive in the 90s and how the new tactics have led Brazil to a successful return to the pinnacle of the beautiful game, and concludes his observations with a comparison of Brazil's changing formation and tactics in different World Cups.
Juventus' run this season could be described as a topsy-turvy ride. They had a decent enough start to the season, but subsequently, various injuries to key players and a rough patch in the mid season saw pressure take its toll on the Old lady. With Juventus being in a state of turmoil, TheHardTackle’s Dhawal Verma focuses on the club's need to rejuvenate.