The beginning of a new cycle for Genoa involves some softer and expected changes, with Gian Piero Gasperini leaving his spot on the bench to his brightest pupil, Ivan Juric. Both love the 3-4-3 formation and a playing style based on high pace and intensity, aggressive and vertical. It is easy to see the influence that Gasperini’s ideas have had on Juric. And yet, after only two matches, the differences that the Croatian coach has implemented can be seen, for example in the movement of his trident.
For his first two Serie A matches, Juric set up an asymmetrical 3-4-3 formation: on the left an outside player who can work the entire line like Diego Laxalt, on the right a reconverted winger beside the midfield, Darko Lazovic, who is entrusted with the entire right side in the offensive phase, but without the restriction of having to line up with the defenders in phases without ball possession as Laxalt is expected to do. Consequently, the movements required of the two wingers are different: the left winger, Lucas Ocampos, coordinates with Laxalt for the classic underlapping and overlapping expected in a 3-4-3 formation. The right winger helps to develop the play by moving inside and forming a triangle with the two central midfielders, leaving Lazovic with the task of keeping the play spread out and going towards the goal-line to cross. Below are two examples: