Juventus Top Performers – Round Five vs Verona

Same as in previous Serie A weeks, Juventus did not fully push the envelope until it was too late and the team got smacked in the face. It still almost worked, as the final siege could have easily yielded another goal, but ultimately the Old Lady was held to another disappointing tie.

Danilo: after a pair of ho-hum displays, the Brazilian international returned to the excellent levels he exhibited at the beginning of the campaign, both as hybrid centre-back and as a pure one once Leonardo Bonucci subbed off. The Italian veteran had a confusing performance as he often ventured forward since he was unguarded, but that did not produce anything good, if not some imbalances when he tracked back. Since when it rains, it pours, he picked up an injury and the back-line is down to bare bones. Usual hustle out of Merih Demiral, who however was not as dominant as in other circumstances.

Dejan Kulusevki (3 points): the gulf in quality between him and Federico Bernardeschi could not be more glaring as the ex-Fiorentina man ended his day with an awful giveaway that directly led to the opposing goal, while the Swedish starlet literally bamboozled a defender before slotting it in with surgical precision with his velvety left foot. He spearheaded the final assault as well and his ever-changing position does not seem to make a difference. Juan Cuadrado was fine, but his thunderous strike that hit the crossbar in the first half was more of a miss than an unlucky attempt and, had it gone in, it would have a solved a lot of problems for the Madama. Adrien Rabiot contributed positively in both phases and was pretty spry, Arthur is money with the ball in his feet but probably should be more ambitious with his passing.

Alvaro Morata: the roll of the dice with VAR bit him again on a lovely chip over the goalie in a day where he was often blanketed by the opposition and had really no clear-cut chances. He tried to open up spaces as much as he could, sometimes it worked, sometimes it did not. Paulo Dybala had a rollercoaster of an outing as it looked ugly at times in the first half when he seemed to press too much, but he almost took over in the final stretch and was very unfortunate to rattle the crossbar on a deflected shot. It was remarkable he had a second wind since he had not played a full game in four months.

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