Juventus Top Performers – Round 3 Make-up Game vs Napoli

Juventus resurrected in the monumental clash with Napoli, almost playing up to its fully potential and grabbing what could easily turn out to be a decisive win in the Champions League race.

Paulo Dybala (4 points): after three tough months nursing an injury that just was not going away and the recent controverst, the Argentinian ace finally returned on the pitch and delivered in a matter of minutes. He found the target with one of his trademark dazzling lefty strikes just outside of the reach of the goalkeeper and in the bottom corner. It was a key goal as well as the Bianconeri had been too wasteful up to that point, especially on fast-breaks. Cristiano Ronaldo did his thing once again, atoning in ten minutes after a terrible whiff on a point-blank header with a routine but sneakily difficult finish on a low-driven cross. Alvaro Morata hustled a lot but the way he conducted few counters surely left a lot to be desired and could have led to a more serene final portion of the season.

Federico Chiesa (2 points): the former Fiorentina winger continues to be a force to be reckoned with thanks to his pace, stamina but also technique, as evidenced by the bamboozling dummy with which he left two defenders on his track before finding Ronaldo with a perfect feed. He wasted a pair of opportunities to score but he contributed more than enough, as it has become the norm. Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot had an understated and precious performance, busting their tail in both tails and distributing the ball with acceptable precision and rhythm. Their runs through the middle opened up some interesting situations.

Juan Cuadrado (2 points): he surely enjoyed the return to his old role as right winger and the chain with Danilo worked wonders in this one, also in the back as Lorenzo Insigne was not a big factor. Sometimes his decision-making is suboptimal but his dynamism and crosses were very valuable and could have easily picked up an assist with better luck. Giorgio Chiellini mostly had an okay game but soiled it by trucking Victor Osimhen in the box late. He stood out more than Matthijs De Ligt, who did not  totally comfortable against pacey opponents but had a monster block in the final minutes. Alex Sandro had a rollercoaster ride as he thwarted an early surefire chance by hooking the ball in the box, but could have been flagged for a penalty and was often sloppy. Gianluigi Buffon did not have to pull off superb saves but had a quality outing, stopping every shot on goal with authority.

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