Juventus head into the second international break as top of the table after outlasting Inter the most anticipated game of the early season.
Leonardo Bonucci: all defenders played a role in holding La Beneamata to one goal, as their furious fast-breaks were certainly a lot to deal with. Bonucci had the final key interception on a Romelu Lukaku through ball for a wide-open Matteo Politano and in general was the one who fared better against the big Belgian and Lautaro Martinez, who were a terror when had some room to manoeuvre. Wojciech Szczesny had one great save and came out beautifully on Matias Vecino late and Alex Sandro thwarted one vary threatening chance of his own and in general looked better than his last few outings. The sour note was Matthijs De Ligt, who had a quite inexplicable handball, as there was not much he could with the elbow so high there, and had few risky tackles. The error did not rattle his confidence though and he helped the others in the trenches.
Miralem Pjanic (1 points): another marvellous display by the Bosnian maestro, who did not get to score this time, but masterminded the actions with tremendous command, quality and especially quickness. The prime example was the sudden and pinpoint through ball to set up Paulo Dybala’s gorgeous strike. He was also very busy and precious on the other side of the ball and put together arguably his best game in black-and-white. Juan Cuadrado was a little messier than his last pair of matches, but he was a livewire as per usual and adds that tiny bit of unpredictablity that is always needed. The squad found the strikers a lot in the first half, so Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira did not have many meaningful touches, but, especially the former, focused on running after opponents. Maurizio Sarri tried to go all in with the heavy trident, but he quickly realized that it had caused some holes and patched things up with Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur, this last one as no.10. The decisions paid off as the German brought a lot of tenacity to the table, while the Uruguayan fed Gonzalo Higuain for the game-winner.
Paulo Dybala (4 points): the front-line was unconscious in this one as La Joya pierced the opponents with a cannon shot right away and had few delightful interplays with his teammates and Higuain decided it off the bench with almost off-brand aplomb. However, among the trio, even without finding the target, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who had the best showing, constantly tethering the edge between uncontainable and show-off-y, but he surely deserved at least one tonight, as he was stopped by the crossbar, Samir Handanovic and a slight offside on a lovely combination with Dybala. He engineered the final goal too. Federico Bernardeschi instead struggled to get anything going tonight.
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