Real Madrid have won the Champions league becoming the first team to successfully defend the trophy in its current format. But, it wasn’t all smooth sailing- at least in the first half it wasn’t, with momentary indecisiveness on the part of Allegri in not reacting quickly enough to Isco’s positional change costing the Old Ladies dearly.
In the second half, with the scores tied, Real Madrid moved Isco centrally with the Spaniard’s dribbling ability causing all sort of problems for Khedira and Juventus. One would have expected a tactically astute coach like Allegri to react quickly, perhaps taking off the ineffective Higuian and bringing a combative midfielder like Marchisso to wrestle the midfield dominance from Real. But Allegri dithered, making his first change at which time Real Midfield had already turned their midfield dominance into goals. Allegri dawdled and Juventus paid the price.
Even as we are stuck with Le Professeur for at least two more years, as ardent supporters that we are, we must hope Mr Wenger take notes on the events that transpired in Cardiff and make changes as and when necessary next season, and like Zidane make tactical alterations depending on the flow of games.
If Wenger realised that this is where Allegri went wrong, the perhaps we can have a better season than the last, maybe even win the title.
Watch and learn, Le Professeur, or, is that too much to ask?
Precious Et Al