Juventus Top Performers – Round 28


Juventus were devoid of energies and mostly of ideas too on Sunday in Genoa and were handed their first loss of the season in Serie A play. They almost managed to get by through experience, but once the VAR disallowed the Paulo Dybala goal the Griffon just overwhelmed them. The Bianconeri’s record run on the road, where they had not been defeated for 27 matches in a row obviously came to end.

Joao Cancelo: all the defenders were docked a point because of the two goals they allowed. Cancelo had the best outing among those who were fielded on Sunday as he showed flashes of his best self, in particular when he played as left winger after half time. The substitution was a little surprising as he and Paulo Dybala were the only one to get something going offensively in this one and they had combined for the goal. Mattia Perin had a good showing with a pair of key saves, in particular on Antonio Sanabria, but he misread the bounce on the Stefaro Sturaro shot and that classifies as a major mistake. Leonardo Bonucci had an excellent performance for about 70 minutes, but he too struggled late in the game when Genoa started to have too much room to counter and he could not keep with the opponents on open spaces. Martin Caceres, Daniele Rugani and Alex Sandro were all a little underwhelming.

Rodrigo Bentancur: going by exclusion here as Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can did not look great on the deciding goal, one slipping and the other being unable to stop Sturaro. They did not leave their mark on the game and Can picked up an avoidable yellow card out of frustration in the final minutes. He also should have been more careful because his offside was mostly nonconsequential in the action that led to the goal. Nothing special from Bentancur either, but he was serviceable in a couple of positions, also at right winger when the coach opted for a tactical switch.

Paulo Dybala: he had found the target, but it was called back. He had a big burden on his shoulders with Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi both out of the lineup and he did not shy away from it as he made plays on several areas and served as a mammoth reference point. He was just not dangerous enough when and where it mattered though. The ex Fiorentina-man was very imprecise after coming on, while Mario Mandzukic has been a shadow of his himself in the past month.

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