Juventus perfected their aim for about 30 minutes of the Monday’s match versus Crotone, then hit the net twice and did not mess about in the easiest match-up of the season and making up some ground on Milan and Roma in the standings.
Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): he bagged a brace but could have, and maybe should have, had an even bigger day as he missed the mark on a pair of chippies from inside the box. In any case, he set the tone with his intensity and leadership and found the target twice with headers, an easy one thanks to majestic timing in attacking and toeing the offside one, while he leaped onto the stratosphere for the second one. He looked extra-motivated, maybe for the recent short dry spell. Alvaro Morata looked pretty spry and seems to have gotten past his stomach bug.
Weston McKennie (6 points): a strong display all around by the midfielders as Aaron Ramsey fared well in his return after an injury, was often dangerous and came away with an assist and Federico Chiesa was his usual proactive self and bent the defense multiple times with his runs but more importantly by successfully taking defenders on when the offense was stalling. McKennie was not as involved in the final third as his teammates, but he scored an opportunistic goal on a corner kick, finding the right coordination in an amen on a loose ball, and thus outpaced the other options in the role in the fantasy game. Rodrigo Bentancur bounced back from his howler with an ordinary performance where he managed to pull the strings. Dejan Kulusevski was not super efficient, but he uncorked a pair of very classy actions when he got into the teeth of the defense.
Alex Sandro (7 points): the back-line was not very tested in this one, but that has not necessarily translated to a clean sheet in the previous matches. It did in this one, where Gianluigi Buffon did not have to get his gloves dirty. A routine outing for the two young center-backs, who controlled the adversaries with ease and always kept the center of gravity of the team high with an aggressive line, while the Brazilian fullbacks had a lot of room to attack. Danilo made some good plays, but Sandro had a key one as he set up Ronaldo’s first goal with a sweet cross, exhibiting impeccable touch and vision in such occasion.
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