I have been satisfied with the way our defense has been functioning all this season. Dias and Biava have been fantastic all year long as well as Lichsteiner and Radu. However, not only defenders participate in the defensive aspect of the match. I never did such analysis because I always think that it is impossible to maintain a 90minutes focus. At one point players might get tired and that would suffice for an experienced striker to punish.
However, the second goals against Bologna is something that caught my eye. I have been playing the video several times and actually can`t believe my eyes what happened. Ball gets to Di Vaio who is closely guarded by Brocchi and Biava (who had left his position chasing Di Vaio far from his position as central defender). Now what happens is that, as soon as Di Vaio passes the ball to one of his team mates and makes the run towards the box, in an astonishing move, neither Biava or Brocchi go after him. In particular, Brocchi`s reaction is quite strange. Di Vaio makes the run towards the box, gets the ball and again makes a fool of Ledesma and fires the shot for the second goal. I mean, how is it possible!! It is an elementary move that once a player gets rid of the ball and is headed towards the box or anywhere in the attack, he should be followed by the player closer to him. Check a screenshot and see how Di Vaio finds himself in the box surrounded by 5 players of ours and still managed to score.