While Manchester United fans were lamenting the loss of a legend and Juventus were rejoicing the acquisition of a world-class defender, tactically, the move is surprising.
Juve are traditionally a team associated with a three-man defence with Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli, world-class centre-backs, keeping guard. But the arrival of Evra is sure to change things up in the squad and formation of the Italian champions.
Juventus to change formation?
Either Barzagli or Bonucci, top notch defenders and veterans of the Juventus style of play, will have to be benched to accomodate Evra in the three-man defence to which he's not accustomed to or Juventus will have to become a four-man defence, something which they're not accustomed to.
While this would cause Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri to drop one of his centre-backs, it would also force him to buy a first rate right back, given the fact that Martin Caceres is getting old and surely can't be said to be in his prime.
Did Allegri have enough thinking time?
Allegri would also be forced to drop someone from his midfield or one of his forwards and given the fact that the Juventus team has some big egos like Tevez, Pirlo and Pogba, don't expect the change to go down well.
But this quandary that Juventus find themselves in can majorly be blamed on one man, Allegri. A deal which had been thought of and prepared under his predecessor, Antonio Conte, all Allegri did was rubberstamp it with astonishing speed and didn't think of the ensuing problems the transfer would cause.
Evra isn't a shy man - and he certainly won't take it lying down if he's relegated to the bench for a major part of the season, given the alternatives.
Something has to give at Juventus. Will Evra be the domino that starts the Bianconeri's fall?
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