Champions League final: 5 things Juventus need to do to beat Real Madrid
2) Dani Alves should play a purely attacking role
With three at the back (and good ol’ Gianluigi Buffon in goal), it is the wing-backs that could be key to deciding Juve’s destiny in the final. The two Brazilians, Dani Alves and Alex Sandro, have played a huge part in Allegri’s tactics by providing width and the element of surprise by overloading one side without warning.
Alves, in particular, has had a better season in the Champions League than Serie A. He has more goals and assists in Europe than in the league. The former Barcelona man was undoubtedly the star of the semi-finals with two assists and a goal across both legs as Juve beat Monaco 4-1 on aggregate.
Signed for free (a move Barcelona have come to regret), the 34-year-old has brought his Champions League winning pedigree to a team desperate to win their first European title since 1996. And Allegri would do well to ensure one of the finest attacking full-backs of this generation continues to play his normal game.
Barzagli will have to step to the right while Sandro drops back into a left-back role when he does to maintain stability at the back. Not only would it give Juventus an extra man in attack but it would also curb his compatriot Marcelo’s attacking instincts, keeping him on a leash in Real’s half and preventing the Real left-back from making inroads into the final third.