Juventus Top Performers – Round 15 vs Udinese

Far from a stellar performance by Juventus, despite what the robust score seems to indicate, but good enough to get past Udinese and quickly bounce back after the faux pas against Fiorentina.

Danilo (2 points): the back-line got bailed out by the fact that the opponents hit the crossbar twice, once unluckily on a great header, the other on an easy point-blank finish, and especially by a VAR review that waived off an early goal by Rodrigo De Paul that would have changed the complexion of the game. The fact that the Zebrette scored only a late consolation goal was quite fortunate as the defenders were often out of sync and out of position. Since Matthijs De Ligt had a pair of uncharacteristic mistakes, Alex Sandro slept-walked through the game, Wojciech Szczesny was not asked to do a lot and Leonardo Bonucci was better than the last match but not overly impressive, the token spot goes to Danilo that picked up a random assist on a late through ball. 

Aaron Ramsey (2 points): the midfield was extremely precious in this game as its success in recovering the balls deep into enemy territory directly led to two goals. Ramsey cunningly stripped Rodrigo De Paul on the first one and set up Cristiano Ronaldo, while Rodrigo Bentancur intercepted an errant pass ahead of the third one and quickly slid the ball forward. Ramsey had a vintage outing as he was very spry, filled the box well and linked the two lines: only a fortuitous handball denied him of a much-deserved goal. Weston McKennie instead focused more on defending than his teammates.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ten points): a routine brace for somebody like him, as favorable situations allowed him to be wide open in great spots in both occasions and his nose for the goal did the rest. His best highlight was a wicked pass for Federico Chiesa that sprung the teammate past the back-line. Another solid game for the Italian winger, who bagged a lefty cross-shot with aplomp and was a major factor with his constant movement as he did not have a set position. Paulo Dybala looked off and spent the night searching for the right position, but he capitalized on the last ball of the game with a good-looking goal that perhaps that will be the spark he needed to get going even though it was rather meaningless.

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