Juventus Top Performers – Round 27 vs Bologna

Juventus got off their schneid with the assistance of some sloppy defending by Bologna and kicked off the Serie A resumption with a fairly convincing two-nothing win on the road.

Leonardo Bonucci (five points): other than some oddly misplaced passes by Wojciech Szczesny and some unnecessary risks in the early build-up of some actions, especially at the beginning of the season, it was a sound display for the back-line, once again perfectly anchored by the two centre-backs. Matthijs De Ligt was flashier as usual, Bonucci just a bit tidier and had a great block very late to deny a clear-cut chance by an opponent in a mad scrum. The clean sheet was marred by the deepening of the troubles at left back, as Mattia De Sciglio was forced to bow out due to an injury after an acceptable display and Danilo was sent off for two silly yellow cards.

Rodrigo Bentancur (one point): in a particularly unremarkable collective outing by the midfield, the Uruguayan youngster slightly separated himself from his teammates for his customarily higher level of energy and therefore impact. Miralem Pjanic continues to do the bare minimum in such a pivotal role, while Adrien Rabiot did not mess things up, but he always leaves something to be desired considering his skill-set. At his point, Juan Cuadrado has become a very steady hand at right back. Aaron Ramsey and Blaise Matuidi entered too late to provide much of a contribution, but as a whole the team did okay in handling the two-goal gap in the second half, rarely allowing chances to the opponents even though they were not really able to pull the strings and control the ball as in its best matches.

Paulo Dybala (four points): as natural, the trident propelled the rest of the squad, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala both putting their names in the stat-sheet. La Joya bagged a very neat strike from distance after brilliantly shaking his defender on a delightful combination with Federico Bernardeschi. Ronaldo this time made no mistake from the penalty spot, but could have had a bigger day as he mishandled a pair of very advantageous situations. His aim is still off. The surprise du jour was the ex-Fiorentina winger, who looked as spry and in sync with the other forwards as he has not been in a long time and was denied of a cracking goal only by the fingertips of Lukas Skorupski.

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