It has been a busy season for Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, with the club facing three Italian sides and four foreign clubs.
In the process, the Bianconeri have lost four straight Serie A matches.
In an effort to get back on track, Allegri has been busy with his tactical changes.
The first change he made was bringing in his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
The Bianconese have now lost their last two games, having beaten Udinese 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final and Sassuolo 3-1 in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The new formation allows the fullbacks to play wide and the centre-backs to move to the wings, but it does not change the pressing and possession that is the key to Juve’s success.
The formation has been used by Allegri for a total of 26 times in the last two matches, with four different players making more tackles than the other four.
In his press conferences, Allegria’s new manager has stressed that the team’s shape is important and that he will try to keep it this way.
“I believe that the most important thing is the way the team plays, the way it stands up to the challenge, the number of players who do well together, how we move forward,” Allegri said on Tuesday.
“This is a new shape for us and we are looking forward to this.”
Allegri’s new formation works well for the team, but the pressure of playing two opponents, Napoli and Roma, can cause a problem.
Juventus have conceded eight goals in their last six matches and have lost five of their past six games.
Napoli have conceded six goals in three matches, including their opening win over Lazio, while Roma have conceded five goals in all competitions.
With the Biancocelesti set to host Udinese on Sunday, Juventus have to make sure they do not lose this match, while the Roma game could have a huge impact on the Biancolic’s title hopes.