Andrea Pirlo ‘tempted to unleash Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala as new front three’ in latest Juventus formation change… days after slamming forwards for being too selfish against Ferencvaros
- Former Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri often utilised a front three last season
- But new boss Andrea Pirlo has preferred to play just two up front in his tenure
- But he will start Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala together
- The attacking trio have yet to start a game together for the Serie A champions
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A front three was central to former boss Maurizio Sarri’s attacking plans last season, with the likes of Ronaldo and Dybala, as well as Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado, flanking central striker Gonzalo Higuain.
New boss Pirlo however has preferred to play just two players up front so far this season, and has instead added that extra body at the back for a three-man defence.
Andrea Pirlo is contemplating unleashing Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a Juventus three-man attack, according to reports in Italy
Pirlo has yet to start Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata (above) and Paulo Dybala together this season
But according to Italian outlet Tuttosport, the former Italy midfielder is considering ditching those tactics in favour of fitting Ronaldo, Morata and Dybala all into the same side, with the Argentine slotting into an attacking midfield role.
Despite their attacking prowess, Juventus have scored just 14 goals from six Serie A matches this season, which is fewer than Inter Milan and Atalanta and as many AC Milan and Napoli.
Pirlo has already changed Juventus’ tactics and formations on a number of occasions this season, with doubts over who his best midfield two are and how to fit all the attacking talent at his disposal into one side his latest conundrums.
The trio have yet to start a game together following Spain international Morata’s arrival on loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but that has also been affected by Dybala’s early season fitness issues and Ronaldo’s positive test for Covid-19.
That has partly been due to fitness issues for Dybala (above) at the start of the season as well as Ronaldo’s positive test for Covid-19
A front three was central to former Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri’s attacking plans last season
The reports come just a few days after Pirlo slammed his forwards for being too ‘egotistical’, claiming they would have killed off their Champions League fixture against Ferencvaros much sooner had they not been.
Morata scored twice and Dybala also netted before forcing an own goal in the 4-1 victory against the Hungarian side, but they were nonetheless recipients of criticism from their boss.
‘I talk to my players a lot, but they make the choices when they are on the pitch. They could’ve been less egotistical and killed off the game earlier,’ Pirlo said after the game.
Pirlo slammed his attackers for being too selfish against Ferencvaros but could now switch his formation up to include three forwards against Lazio
‘We are playing with two forwards plus two wide men. Once we get everyone in shape, we can evaluate who to use together. So far, not everyone has been at 100 per cent, so it’s been normal to rotate them and leave one out.’
Juventus rose to third in the Serie A table after last weekend’s win at newly-promoted Spezia, which included a sensational double from Ronaldo in his first game back after recovering from coronavirus.
Pirlo’s men now face another stern test after an indifferent start to the season when they face Lazio on Sunday.