Juventus’ number 10 Paulo Dybala scores at the death in Rome to lift the Bianconeri to a massively important victory, keeping pace with league leaders Napoli.
Here are the player ratings for ‘the Old Lady.’
Gianluigi Buffon (7.0): The Italian keeper faced a few attempts, of which he handled with confidence. Buffon did well to command his area and clear any danger which did play a role in keeping Juventus level and allowing for a possible winner.
Andrea Barzagli (7.0): The veteran Azzurri defender formed a strong wall with Benatia and Rugani to limit Lazio to only 4 total shots. Four aerials won and six tackles played a large role in keeping an important clean-sheet.
Medhi Benatia (7.5) MOTM: The Moroccan lead the Juventus backline all evening, showing tremendous strength in the air and to cut down any slight windows Lazio looked to exploit. The strong form continues on for the ex-Roma man.
Daniele Rugani (7.0): One of Italy’s promising young defenders delivered an impressive performance tonight at the Olimpico, doing well to combat Immobile and Lazio’s high-powered attack.
Sami Khedira (6.0): Khedira did a fair grade job to help the cause, but he really needs to elevate his game to a level where he is deserving of a starting spot.
Miralem Pjanic (6.5): Pjanic held it down in the midfield for Juve, completing 85% of his passes and controlling the tempo.
Blaise Matuidi (6.5): The former PSG midfielder recovered a fair amount of balls and was the physical presence Juventus needed in the middle of the park.
Kwadwo Asamoah (6.0): He wasn’t entirely active or impactful on the left side, but did step up a bit in the second half to support in the attack.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (5.5): Quiet performance from the former Lazio man tonight, and he was replaced by Douglas Costa early in the second which gives you an idea of what Allegri thought about his ability to impact the game.
Mario Mandzukic (6.0): Juve’s tall Croatian forward took up a role as striker today, yet was not able to have that same impact on the bout that we have been accustomed to seeing when he is deployed in his wider role.
Paulo Dybala (7.0): For most of the match, Dybala was a non-factor. He was often playing too deep in the midfield and really disappeared at times in the final third where his creative ability was needed. However, we witnessed firsthand in the closing moments what he is capable of doing and how he can change a match with just one touch. Sure enough, Dybala was able to decide the outcome by fending off Marco Parolo just long enough to finish a difficult winning attempt.
Douglas Costa (6.5): The ex-Bayern Munich attacker instantly brought that flair and breakaway speed Juventus were hoping would unlock the match with two dribbles.
Alex Sandro (6.5): The Brazilian replaced Mandzukic at the 72nd minute and turned in a solid performance from the bench on both ends of the pitch.
Giorgio Chiellini (n/a): Relieved Paulo Dybala in the 95th minute to hold the victory.