How many similarities can you think of between Max Allegri and Sam Allardyce?
One is a leading tactical genius, always prepared with a master plan when he comes up against the big sides and the other is the Juventus manager.
So who would have thought that when it comes to match preparation these two might actually share a tactics book.
Allardyce admitted that he told his Everton players to copy Swansea’s approach to the Arsenal game which the Welshmen won 3-1.
Unfortunately for the Toffees they were hammered 5-1 and in the end Allardyce looked a bit silly for not coming up with his own ideas.
Well, it seems he may have been onto something after revealing footage of Allegri leading a Juventus training session was released today.
The new Netflix documentary on the Old Lady dropped today and it has shed light on how Allegri prepared the players for their giant, possibly title deciding, game against Napoli this season.
Maurizio Sarri has been a breath of fresh air with Napoli this season, the team has played with an unrelenting commitment to intricate passing possession and quick triangles to get round opponents.
Napoli are one point ahead in Serie A as they aim to win their first Scudetto since 1989/90 and stop Juve winning their seventh straight title.
“Come on, pass it, pass it, let’s be like Napoli,” Allegri can be heard shouting at the players, before he goes into some very interesting tactical analysis.
“In attack they do three things! They move in triangles; Insigne comes in, Hamsik runs into the space and then Mertens comes out to close the triangle. So we have to break that triangle.”
The plan clearly worked as Gonzalo Higuain got the only goal as Juventus ended Napoli’s unbeaten start to the season and closed the gap to one point where it has remained.
Take note Allardici.