Juventus hosted Pescara at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday evening and dispatched the visitors by a score of three to nil.
Norberto Neto – (6.0): The Brazilian got a rare start in goal and could not have had an easier night. Arguably would have seen just as much action from his regular bench spot.
Daniele Rugani – (6.5): Rugani put in a stellar shift for Juventus, fresh off his Azzurri call-up. While he didn’t have much to do, the young defender held his own defensively and often lent a hand in attack.
Leonardo Bonucci – (7.0): Just another day at the office for Bonucci and company. The Italian international was dominant throughout and dictated play from deep, as per usual. Juventus fans can rest easy with him at the heart of defence.
Patrice Evra – (6.5): The Frenchman acted as the vice-Chiellini today and didn’t look one bit out of place. What he lacks in pace, Evra makes up with intelligence and positioning.
Stephan Lichtsteiner – (N/A): Lichtsteiner just can’t catch a break, can he? The Swiss defender was forced to come off with stomach problems 25 minutes into the game. And so his decline continues. Is he on his way out from Juventus?
Sami Khedira – (7.5): The former Real Madrid man displayed all his years of experience today and intelligence off the ball. Consistently got himself in good positions and was able to notch a goal because of this. Crucial for this Juventus side.
Hernanes – (7.0): For what it’s worth, Hernanes has been quietly solid against the lower level sides in Italy this season. Did exactly what a reserve is for and put in a decent shift against Pescara. Typical Hernanes strike for his goal to put the game out of reach. Underrated.
Kwadwo Asamoah – (5.0): Nooooooope. Just when you think Asamoah will turn his season around, the Ghanaian puts in another timid display. Didn’t threaten Pescara one bit and often misplaced his passes. Hasn’t proved himself to be Juventus quality this season. His departure to the African Cup of Nations shortly may just be a blessing in disguise.
Alex Sandro – (7.0): We need to have a talk about Alex Sandro. Bonucci aside, you can argue that the Brazilian has been Juventus’ most important player this season. He was a constant menace down the left and offered an abundance of creativity in what was a workmanlike midfield.
Gonzalo Higuain – (6.5): A mature display from the veteran striker. In the past, Higuain was accused of being a selfish striker but is slowly starting to wriggle away from that tag with performances like these. A key cog in a well-oiled machine and he seems to be understanding what Juventus is all about.
Mario Mandzukic – (7.5): The international break seems to have done Supermario wonders as he looks to finally be hitting form. His goal highlights every ounce of his predatory instinct while his assist on the first goal demonstrates his selflessness. Much needed display from the Croatian and Juventus.
Juan Cuadrado – (6.0): Not the Colombian’s best display in a Juventus shirt but he was a much welcomed substitution for the lethargic Swiss. Changed the pace of the game even if he couldn’t quite find the final ball.
Stefano Sturaro – (N/A): Came on for Khedira in the second half when the game was already sealed and didn’t impact the game in any way. The Juventus man will be hoping for more significant minutes moving forward.
Moise Kean – (N/A): History was made as Kean became the first player born in 2000 to debut in Serie A, when he came on for Mandzukic in the 84th minute. In fact, he was the first player born in 2000 to debut across the five major leagues. Tried to dazzle with the little touches he had.