Today, Juventus hosted Bayern Munich at the Juventus Stadium in the round of 16 clash of the Champions League and played out to an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Here’s how we rated their performances.
Gianluigi Buffon (6.5): The veteran Juventus custodian was the busier of the two keepers and did well tonight making some nice, positional saves. Unlucky to have conceded twice.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (6.0): The Swiss express wasn’t his usual marauding self down the right flank but held his own against the tricky Douglas Costa. Never an easy task to keep tabs on the Brazilian winger.
Leonardo Bonucci (6.5): The former Bari man was his side’s best defender on the night and did well to dictate play late in the second half.
Andrea Barzagli (6.0): The Juventus man made a few crucial interceptions throughout but ultimately should have done better on the second goal when he let Robben on to his left foot.
Patrice Evra (5.0): The Frenchman was given the runaround from Arjen Robben on the right hand side and was chasing shadows for most of the game.
Juan Cuadrado (6.0): Cuadrado was one of his side’s most dangerous players on the night but his final ball let him down on too many occasions. If he can work on his end product, the Colombian will be among the more feared wingers in the world.
Sami Khedira (5.0): Lacklustre performance from the former Real Madrid man. Until Allegri made a tactical adjustment in the second half, Khedira was having a difficult time tracking Bayern’s midfielders.
Claudio Marchisio (5.5): Il Principino had a good first half in the defensive zone but he will have to impose himself more. Subbed off at half-time.
Paul Pogba (6.0): The Frenchman was both frustrating and brilliant in this one. He will need to play with more consistency at the Allianz Arena in the second leg.
Paulo Dybala (6.5): The Argentine struggled to get into the game early but saw his influence grow as Juventus pressed higher up the pitch. Took his goal nicely after Mandzukic played him in.
Mario Mandzukic (6.5): The Croatian international came back to haunt his former team with his relentless attitude. Did well to play in Dybala on the first goal and picked out Morata wonderfully on the bianconeri’s second strike.
Hernanes (7.0) MOTM: The former Lazio man came in for Marchisio at the half and changed the game completely. It was easily the Brazilian’s best performance in a Juventus jersey.
Alvaro Morata (6.5): The Juventus striker came on with his side down a goal and he played a big role in changing that. After being played in by Mandzukic, the former Real Madrid man headed it to Sturaro who slotted home. Looked dangerous throughout.
Stefano Sturaro (6.5): Who would have predicted a Sturaro equalizer against Bayern? Certainly not him. The former Genoa midfielder came on and beat Kimmich to the ball to fire one past Neuer. Sturaro’s big-game reputation lives on.