Juventus Top Perfomers – Round 14 vs Fiorentina

Juventus tried for about 70 minutes to overcome an hellish start against Fiorentina, but ultimately fell apart late in a perhaps season-altering day for the club, given also Napoli’s successful appeal on the October match awarded to them, so potentially losing six points in the standing in the span of few hours.

Wojciech Szczesny: surely a terrible display for the back-line given that gave up three goals, a rarity, and somehow Leonardo Bonucci was at fault in all three, botching an overly aggressive offside trap on Dusan Vlahovic, whiffing on a clearance on the Alex Sandro own goal and getting stripped in front of the box on the final one. The goalie gets the feeblest of nods because he had great save on a point-blank attempt by Gaetano Castrovilli that prevented things from unraveling even earlier. Matthijs De Ligt could have played hero on the first goal but could not catch up with the opponent on the open field, then proceeded to have his usual physical display. Sandro and Danilo also made few mistakes when attacking.

Weston McKennie: the two midfielders were given a raw deal since they had to take on a lot of extra work given the inferiority, something that the squad is not equipped to survive as it already operates on delicate balances in normal situations. Rodrigo Bentancur was mostly overwhelmed by the adversaries and could not get anything going as his role had no alternatives to being extremely static, while McKennie managed to participate to both phases a little more, even if without shining like in previous matches. Not an intentional tackle by Juan Cuadrado, but surely a boneheaded and X-rated one that set up the collapse.

Cristiano Ronaldo: both the Portuguese ace and Federico Chiesa did what they could to carry the team through the mud, #7 with multiple shots from distance and solo actions, the ex-Viola winger by moving around a lot and repeatedly ripping off lengthy runs to switch field position. The extra effort inevitably led to lack of lucidity when finishing and, despite a good amount of pressure in the middle portion of the contest, the Bianconeri had no major chances to equalize and were not particularly lucky with the refereeing in this one. Alvaro Morata was hurt the most by the early red card as he was forced to play out of position for a while and pulled at half time. Federico Bernardeschi was a little more comfortable there he did almost nothing of note.

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