What was left of Juventus after the abundant rotation was not enough to nab the final point needed to seal the Scudetto race in this round, despite an okay performance especially the first half.
Joao Cancelo: he was one of the most active Bianconeri out there and served as a big creator since he had a lot of room to attack as wing back. He set up Moise Kean’s goal with a shot that seemed destined to finish wide, but was rerouted in the net by his teammate. There is still some sloppiness in his defensive game, but it feels like he is finally rounding back into form. Andrea Barzagli led the back-line here and announced his retirement after the match: the defense held his own for a while, but showed some clear holes on the two goals and that is to be expected since it was really a makeshift one. Paolo Gozzi had a decent debut considering the circumstances, but Sergio Floccari bested him on the goal.
Rodrigo Bentancur: he had a massive role in both phases and showed up big time, thwarting some attempts by the opponents with timely tackles and interceptions and constantly trying to generate offense with his dynamism. Juan Cuadrado fared well considering the long absence: he was the usual ball of energy and bounced off opponents few times. Leonardo Spinazzola did not have a great time dealing with Manuel Lazzari, but that is common for most Serie A players. Among the youngsters, Hans Nicolussi Caviglia had a far better outing than Grigoris Kastanos despite the limited minutes, displaying some glimpses of real class like a pinpoint longball and a sudden long-range attempt.
Moise Kean (4 points): he was the only one able to bring home some points and bagged one with great alertness. He had scarce opportunities to be dangerous since the squad a low center of gravity , but still showed a little more than in his previous performances with multiple sprints and often recognizing the right play to make. The same was not true for Paulo Dybala, who should have taken advantage of this opportunity to take centre-stage sans few linchpins and stake a claim on the starting job’s in Tuesday’s game. However, he had a very limited impact on the game and did not look for the ball much either. If it was not for the successful penalty against Milan, his last few months would have been very forgettable.
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