Juventus played the exact same match they had versus Inter and Roma, but in this case the events went against them and Alex Meret played hero once they revved up a little in the second half, condemning them to an costly loss in what looked like a feasible fixture going in.
Federico Chiesa: he was the outright best player for the Bianconeri on the night, as he was pretty much the only one capable of dribbling past his defender to create some advantageous situations. Sometimes he still has tunnel vision with the ball on his feet, but his blitzes were vital in a game that had an excessively low rhythm, likely by design. He came inches’ closer to scoring on his best attempt from distance in the second half. The other midfielders Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur held their own in a very demanding match-up, but they were not able to produce that extra something that was needed to bend a very disciplined back-line. Weston McKennie and especially Dejan Kulusevski, who should have been up to the task, did not enter the game in positive fashion.
Danilo: he bested his teammates in the back not for particularly stingy defending, but for his contribution on the other hand as he continuously fed the midfield and the attackers with quick and precise passes upon intercepting the ball or forestalling adversaries. His growth has been exponential and he has become an essential player in both phases since his vision is a big asset. It will go up on the board as a bad game for Giorgio Chiellini, who was too handsy on the PK, although that his one of his signature moves, and struggled when he had to distribute, but in reality both and Matthijs De Ligt completely engulfed Victor Osimhen and the Partenopei generated a limited number of juicy scoring opportunity, so the back-line did their job, but they get the credit for converting one. Juan Cuadrado was sloppy in the back but a thorn on the enemies’ side when attacking, however he was forced off at half time with an injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo: the final push could have easily led to one, or even more, goals as the chances, maybe a little fluky and not totally clear-cut, were there, but the strikers were not sharp in this one. The Portuguese ace was way more in the thick of it and dangerous than Alvaro Morata, but he would have bagged a brace on his best day, as was not super quick to react on a point-blank deflection and could have done better in a couple more instances. The Old Lady did not really manage to lay siege and apply suffocating pressure, but it is also true two Napoli center-backs had a terrific display
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