Even if the score was not too one-sided, Juventus controlled the Brescia game from start to finish, taking care of business in a favourable match-up.
Giorgio Chiellini (5 points): nothing too interesting to report from the performance of the defenders, as they were challenged just once or twice by a very timid and resigned opponent. As a matter of fact, Daniele Rugani and Leonardo Bonucci had their highlights on the other box and the young centre-back was denied a goal only by a sensational save. Danilo and Alex Sandro took advantage of the narrow formation of the adversaries to motor down the flanks more than usual and a decent amount of success while doing that. The best news was the return on the pitch of the grizzled captain, who takes home a token spot while he begins to gear up for the battles that are ahead.
Juan Cuadrado (6 points): he and Paulo Dybala switched positions countless times throughout the game and he stayed productive in every spot, then he had the merit of sealing the deal before things became too eerie and the finish in front of the goalie was a quality one as well. He has been the best option at right back so far this season, but he is even better when freed up of defensive duties. Blaise Matuidi came off the bench and served an improbable assist with a back-heel flick. The starting trio of midfielders all had solid displays, with Rodrigo Bentancur separating himself from the back with his output in both phases with numerous recuperations and diligent distributing, while Aaron Ramsey is desperately trying to get it going but lacked some touch in his passing. Adrien Rabiot never turned up the intensity but it was enough for today. The trio might have to step up in a significant way if Miralem Pjanic, who subbed off almost right away, is forced to miss extended time.
Paulo Dybala (4 points): the game needed a little magic to get cracked open and he furnished it in the form of a stupendous free kick from the edge of the box that just kissed the post. He run amok and was the point man of the offense. He could have easily had another one, as he rocked the crossbar with a missile later. Gonzalo Higuain had some excellent passes, combined finely with whoever was near him, but probably was not as big as of a presence in the box as he was supposed to in a match where Cristiano Ronaldo is not there, even though as a whole the squad had poor precision in the final pass and he was the most damaged from that collective short-coming.
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