Juventus Top Performers – Champions League road game vs Ferencvarosi

Juventus again took the foot off the gas after getting an early lead, but it did no harm this time as Ferencvarosi mustered very little offense overall and literally self-combusted in the second half.

Wojciech Szczeny: nothing really to report the defensive end, as the rearguard held firm when it still matteted, barring a pair of miscues in the second portion of the first half, but the opponents had just one or two borderline dangerous shots. Nobody in the back stood out, so the nod goes to the goalie, who rushed out of the goal in a hurry to shoot the gap on an opponent that had stolen a backwards pass. He did not manage to keep a clean sheet as the Hungarian side scored a random consolation goal late, despite his strong save on the initial attempt, but Frank Boli vacuumed up the tap-in. 

Juan Cuadrado: a pretty decent display out of everybody in the midfield in a tilt that required minimal effort. Cuadrado bested his teammates thanks to the quality low-driven cross that set up Alvaro Morata’s first goal. Arthur and Aaron Ramsay played limited minutes because of different problems and they both did okay in their respective roles, the Brazilian as distributor in front of the defence, the Welshman run down the adversaries several times, recuperating a lot of balls, but unfortunately he got hurt again. Weston McKennie participated to the second, and pivotal, goal with a little dummy. Rodrigo Bentancur came off the bench with great vigour and was a man among boys since he was the only one putting in some energy in the second half. Adrien Rabiot was serviceable as well.

Alvaro Morata: another brace for the Spanish striker, who continues to look like a million bucks and netted an easy one on a square ball and an impressive strike from outside the box on a well-construed action. He could have had another one in the first half, but he deferred to Cristiano Ronaldo in front of the goalie when he could have been more selfish. The Portuguese ace was mostly quiet and did not get his goal as he missed a sitter, but picked up an assist with a quality delivery that found Morata. He does not look to be in tip-top shape and neither does Paulo Dybala, but La Joya entered in garbage time and he was gift-wrapped his first goal of the second and almost a second one as well, but it was ruled an own goal. Federico Chiesa had a pair of his signature runs, also tracking back, showing great sense of sacrifice, but was not fed too much.

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