Juventus Top Perfomers – Round 38 vs Roma

An already checked-out Juventus could not find a way to contain a more spirited Roma team and ended up throwing away one of the few things they had going for them, besides winning the title of course, as they soiled their home invincibility.

Danilo: it is again tough to find something good in the back-line, but the Brazilian fullback was more lively than usual and produced a pair of interesting runs that switched field position in a hurry, won a bunch of duels and drew some fouls in dangerous spots. He ends his campaign on a slight crescendo, despite the unlucky PK foul. Daniele Rugani was straight up awful as he was bested in the air by Nikola Kalinic, not exactly a great leaper, on the first goal and, like Leonardo Bonucci, struggled to plug holes when the Giallorossi begun creating a lot and they were often either ball-watching or aimlessly running after opponents. Merih Demiral came back from his ACL tear but will need more time to have his explosiveness back. Gianluca Frabotta was solid and actually better than his teammates in his first Serie A start. Wojciech Szczesny was left hung out to dry on the goals.

Adrien Rabiot (2 points): he set up Gonzalo Higuain’s goal with a little flick-on and proceeded to have another fairly strong display as this time he was the main playmaker for Juventus in the midfield and he distributed the ball pretty well, although he had more giveaways than usual. Blaise Matuidi just could not keep up with enemies and was constantly in a pretzel and Simone Muratore, while more at ease in the pivot position, did not fare with a lot of personality. Some improvements instead out of Aaron Ramsey, who was busy in his short minutes, often asked for the ball and almost got something good going.

Gonzalo Higuain (4 points): he was the most decorated Bianconero on the pitch and it showed, as most of the offensive actions passed through him. He had hits and misses while trying to create, but he was surely more noticeable than in some recent paltry displays. He punched one through in vintage fashion, which is healthy since Paulo Dybala’s status for Lyon is still up in the air. Federico Bernardeschi did not do as well as he could have given the massive usage. Luca Zanimacchia was decent but impressed more in the previous match and was actually outplayed by the other youngster Marco Olivieri, who subbed in with great volition and was one of the few players who actually challenged the opposing goalie in a very pedestrian day for the offense.

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