Massimiliano Allegri Analysis
With news of Massimiliano Allegri being in London to take intensive English classes let's analyse the Italian’s tactics and understand what he would bring to the Premier League.
First of all, Allegri is one of Europe’s most successful coaches. A manager who has won title after title domestically with Juventus and guided them to a Champions League final. So how has Allegri achieved his success?
Allegri is known largely by Bianconeri faithful as being extremely adaptable. The coach has used three key systems during his Juventus tenure, the 3-5-2, 4-3-1-2 & most recently the 4-3-3. Allegri is a manager who bases tactics on available players, rather than players on tactics. To his credit, Allegri has managed to keep Juventus dominant at the top of Serie A and challenging in Europe all while losing key players regularly such as Pirlo, Buffon, Vidal & Bonucci at periods of time without spending vast money for replacements.
In the 2018/19 season, Allegri’s Juventus created 2.15 Expected Goals a game while conceding 0.98 goals a game. Therefore while Allegri’s Juventus conceded more than previous seasons, they made up for it through additional goals. A key reason for this are the offensively based arrivals Juventus had. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo & Joao Cancelo joining meant Juventus needed a change in system to accomodate and Allegri did exactly that. Playing a 4-3-3 to large success domestically and UCL quarter finals.
This most recent season, Allegri utilised what Jurgen Klopp has done with Liverpool implementing a strong pressing system for his Juve side. Juve’s pressing intensity this season was higher than 86% of teams in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Defensively, Allegri often sets his side up in a 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 shape. Allegri is very high on the importance of holding a compact shape when out of possesion with his side often sitting deep in defensive situations.
Overall, Allegri is extremely tactically versatile and has the highest points per game ratio in the history of Juventus managers. If he was to join the Premier League he could prove to be a perfect fit for a side like Arsenal if Unai Emery is to leave after his contract expires at the end of the coming season.