In a glorified friendly with Dynamo Kyiv, Juventus survived the usual midgame lull and cruised their way to a three-nil victory, which however does not put them any closer to the first spot as Barcelona were successful as well versus Ferencvarosi.
Alex Sandro: a vintage performance on offense for the Brazilian fullback, who attacked at will and came up with a quality assist for Federico Chiesa thanks to a soft and well-placed cross. He has seen limited playing time so far because of a major thigh injury, so it will be interesting to see what role the new regime has in store for him. Second-best in the back was Wojciech Szczesny since he had a monster save to avoid the equalizer in the first half, furiously shooting the gap on a wide-open opponent. Ordinary business for Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral, who played slightly out of position but held his own, while Matthijs De Ligt was not as on point as in other circumstances and all in all was not required to do too much.
Rodrigo Bentancur: similarly to some displays at the beginning of the season, the squad had a front-wheel drive and the attackers had the starring roles on offense, leaving to the two central midfielders the less glamorous facets of the game. Both Bentancur and Weston McKennie took care of them pretty diligently and without any particular highpoint, even though each managed to create some chances with some good passes. Muted outing for Aaron Ramsey, who had troubles finding the right spot between opposing defenders and was not very involved.
Federico Chiesa: the whole front-line made the stat-sheet in this one and the former Fiorentina winger was undoubtably the most active man for the Bianconeri as he punished the Ukrainian team with multiple forceful sprints down the right flank, where he looked in his element. On top of that, he found his first goal with a very crafty header considering that it is not his forte and was instrumental in the other two goals, sending in a razor ball that was ultimately nudged home by Cristiano Ronaldo and directly feeding Alvaro Morata on the final one. The Portuguese ace had the usual high-volume performance but missed a sitter in the first half before scoring one of the easier goals of his career, the momentous 750th one, while the Spaniard was precious with his off-the-ball movements and was rewarded with a late goal, where he exhibited great patience in the box to clear the way for an easier shot.
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