Juventus finally tuned up the defensive phase in the trip to Ukraine and seemed in control for the majority of the contest in its Champions League debut, kicking off the group stage in positive fashion.
Leonardo Bonucci: the back-line lost Giorgio Chiellini in the first twenty minutes but held up with ease for the most part, a nice change of pace compared to a suspect start of the season on that front. They were surely helped by the remissive attitude, which attacked convicingly only for few minutes in the second half. Bonucci and Merih Demiral were neck-and-neck in terms of performance, the Italian stalwart was just a little more noticeable and precise. Danilo improved compared to the last match, but also had some awful clearances. Wojciech Szczesny was never challenged too seriously.
Aaron Ramsey: the return of the Welshman made a big difference because he is currently the most suitable player to take care of the delicate role of the glue guy that connects the slew of attackers that are on the pitch at any given time. He almost assisted Dejan Kulusevski after dancing through defenders and then had a lovely backwards flick right before the first goal. The Swedish starlet was mostly quiet but had some big flashes as he came close to back-heeled wondergoal in the early going and seriously challenged the goalkeeper with a low-driven strike, setting up the tap-in. Routine outing in the midfield for Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur, who took care of the dirty work, while Juan Cuadrado did not look comfortable on the left flank but uncorked a great cross that found Alvaro Morata for the goal that iced the game.
Alvaro Morata: he did not do a whole lot, but he took care of the most important thing the scoring, and he was again extremely clinical. He pounced on a ball that the goalie fumbled for a split second and had a beautiful cut through the box before the successful header for the two-nil. Federico Chiesa had a lot of room out wide and he exploited in pretty well in the first hour, although not completely as he could have scored in one of the chances he had. He initiated the goal with another scamper down the flank. Paulo Dybala finally got to play, he started off with a slalom through defenders, but then the Bianconeri settled with having possession to bleed the clock and he did not get many touches in dangerous areas.
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