Juventus Top Performers – Champions League home game vs Ferencvaros

Juventus tried to jog their way past a very scrappy Ferencvaros that defended with great organization and energy throughout the whole game, also adding some interesting counter-attacks. The lack of effort was almost costly, but the Bianconeri ultimately succeeded when the hopes appeared to have vanished thanks to another Champions League by Alvaro Morata.

Matthijs De Ligt: the return of the Dutch startler has fixed a lot of things in the defence, even though they were unable to keep the clean sheet in this one due to a rather random goal where Alex Sandro and Danilo defended too non-chalantly and Wojciech Szczesny just read the trajectory of the shot all wrong. Danilo, who was tidy beyond that, then redeemed himself late with a gorgeous long-ball for the sprinting Juan Cuadrado ahead of the game-winning goal. Back to De Ligt, he set the tone by forestalling the opponents countless times and constantly making his presence felt with his brawn. He kept the team compact in the second half by dominating in the air and starting several actions in their infant stages. Muted return on the pitch for Sandro, but it would have not been fair to ask for more in his first game back after a long while.

Juan Cuadrado: he saw a ton of touches because he was the only man that had some freedom as his teammates got all bottled up centrally and, after a series of misplaced crosses, he made the last one count with surgical half-volley that found Morata. Before the deciding blitz that tilted the whole assessment of the perfomance, Rodrigo Bentancur was the best midfielder on the pitch thanks to his effort in the passive phase, as he recuperated a ton of balls and did it very cleanly, as the referee was very happy to blow whistle on any small contact. Arthur was ordinate but he should have explored the long-range passing away more as the Hungarian team used a very high offside trap and the Old Lady did not lack speedy guys that could exploit the situation, especially in the second half. Weston McKennie was fielded out of position and it showed as he was rarely involved. Dejan Kulusevski spent his half an hour on the pitch looking for the best position but to no avail.

Alvaro Morata: five goal in four European matches for the Spaniard, who sees red whenever he listens to the Champions League hymn. The goalkeeper helped him out with a goofy save, but he was at the right place at the right time and the header was strong and precise enough to create troubles. On top of that, he added a lot more of straightforwardness to the offense upon subbing in and almost had an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo on a vicious through ball after a splendid play, but Denes Dibusz somehow punched out the ball from behind after being overtaken. The Portuguese star delivered again, going the extra-mile with a stunning strike from distance, solving a big problem for the Bianconeri who had not managed to find a way around a stout back-line up to that point. Paulo Dybala returned to the XI and played an hour but actually took a step back compared to his cameo against Cagliari, although the situation was much more relaxed Saturday, as the ideal form continues to elude him and seems to be affecting his decision-making as well. He was the one that struggled the most to find room. Federico Chiesa had the same issue as Kulusevski, but did a little more when he got the ball.

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