Juventus Top Performers – Round 4


A pretty commanding Juventus performance against Sassuolo was spoiled late by Khouma Babacar cutting the lead in half with a header and Douglas Costa inexplicably snapping at Federico Di Francesco to earn a red card. Here’s the best performer for each position.

Joao Cancelo (no points): he was not announced to be in the starting XI, but ended up playing instead of Mattia De Sciglio. Even though he did not pick up an assist today, he continues to be a game changer attacking relentlessly down the right flank and serving as a viable reference points for his teammates. He sent in few decent crosses and almost connected with Cristiano Ronaldo for the third goal. He is also starting to use of his technique and agility to get out of some sticky situations in the back. So far so good for the ex-Inter, who is steadily proving to be worthy of the cumbersome price tag.

Emre Can (two points): as tipped by Massimiliano Allegri, the former Liverpool made his first start in his new club, relieving Miralem Pjanic in the heart of the midfield. He is obviously not the playmaker the Bosnian is, but he is a serviceable distributor and interpreted the role taking advantage of his supreme physicality. Perhaps the position even restricted him, because he had little room to attack and, in the limited appearances in black-and-white, he showed to be at his best while running with the ball. Unsurprisingly, he provided an assist leading a counter-attack and setting up Cristiano Ronaldo with a timely through ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): the anticipation for his first goal had grown to almost impossible levels and he predictably delivered against a Sassuolo team that likes to attack but leaves something to be desired in the back. Curiously enough, he scored after three games and 28 shots, exactly what happened last year at Real Madrid. The first one could not have been easier since he pounced on a weird ricochet following a corner kick, where Gian Marco Ferrari hit his own post and he needed to just tuck the ball in. The second was one of his signature finish in a one-on-one situation on a counter, where he is simply lethal. He arguably could have had two more since he finished poorly on two clear-cut chances.

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