Juventus Top Performers – Round 29 vs Genoa

Juventus pulled the plug a smidge too early in the Genoa game, failing to extend their streak of clean sheet, but other than that it was a very mature performance, the best one after the resumption, coronated by three superb goals by their star attackers.

Leonardo Bonucci: another solid outing by both centre-backs, with the Italian one beating out Matthijs De Ligt because the Dutch teammate had a careless pass late in the box that could have been picked off by an opponent, leading to all sorts of troubles. The duo stood up to two very physical strikers, countering with their own muscularity and not letting up until the final 15 minutes. Nothing out of the ordinary for Wojciech Szczesny and Danilo, as the latter did not mess anything up this time.

Rodrigo Bentancur: the rise of the Uruguayan starlet continues as he was again all over the pitch furnishing his extra supply of energetic but also pretty classy play. The chemistry with the rest of the players hovering in the right-hand portion on the pitch is starting to become a thing of beauty. Juan Cuadrado was a force to be reckoned with as well thanks to his multiple sprints down the flanks, baby steps instead for Adrien Rabiot, who was finally much more present in the box and less lackadaisical than usual. Miralem Pjanic actually picked up an assist, but only because he happened to slip it to Cristiano Ronaldo before his bomb.

Paulo Dybala (six points): one goal and one helper on the night for La Joya, who is making it a habit of breaking the stand-still with fabulous goals. In this case, he zigzagged through defenders before burning Mattia Perin with a lethal daisy-cutter. Speaking of stunners, Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa outdid him on that regard, one firing a literal bullet home from downtown after shaking free in the open field, the other with the most accurate lefty curled shot. The Portuguese ace was clearly hot and took aim in the first half, finding the target three times from different spots only to be denied by the goalie, until uncorking an uncatchable one to make it two-nothing. Federico Bernardeschi played better than against Lecce, but at this point it is clear that he is simply a token starter in order not to stress too much the more talented and effective Costa.

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