With a little help from lady luck, Juventus took home their ninth Supercoppa at the end of a game they mostly conducted, but without managing to bend the opposing defense. The Bianconeri seized their opportunities, while Napoli did not and that made all the difference.
Wojciech Szczesny: in a surprising twist compared to recent games, the Old Lady did not concede on the first chance created by the adversaries as the Polish goalkeeper denied a point-blank header by Hirving Lozano that would have significantly changed the complexion of the match. He made his presence felt also late on an instinctual save on a poisonous deflected shot. The back-line actually held up pretty well, and maybe Giorgio Chiellini being out there, even though he is not his peak self yet, keeps everybody on their toes with his personality. The rearguard did not leave much room to the Azzurri forwards in the box, but got bailed out by the goalie in the most dangerous situations.
Juan Cuadrado: he looked splendid for somebody that was just cleared from COVID as the chain on the right flank was the deciding factor in the second half, when the Bianconeri really took over. After David Ospina just prevented him from scoring on a fast-break with a terrific intervention, he made the right call on the counter-attack that doubled the score in the final minutes, slipping it to Alvaro Morata after charging through the middle and luring a defender. Dejan Kulusevski continues to thrive in a very offensive role and he is simply a multiplier of chances as he never settles for the easy play when he gets the ball but always tries to push the envelope and put his teammates in position to score. The results were mixed and the passes not always sharp but his effort is undeniable. The other midfielders were not great in terms of playmaking but worked their tails off in the passive phase differently from the Inter clash.
Cristiano Ronaldo: not his best performance but he was there when needed as he found himself in the right place at the right time to nudge it home on an inadvertent touch by an opponent on a corner kick, but it is no coincidence given his well-known nose for the goal. He was certainly more willing and involved than the last couple of games, then scoring is key in this kind of matches that gets decided by just a couple of episodes and his finish was very nifty. Alvaro Morata pounced as well, but the contest was already sealed at that point.
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