Juventus fought back from 2-0 down against Bayern Munich and earned a crucial draw. But would it have been possible without the introduction of Hernanes?
When he came on for Claudio Marchisio at the start of the second half, Juventus fans were left scratching their heads. In the end, however, Massimiliano Allegri was proven right and his decision to bring on the Brazilian was immense. After coming in, Hernanes immediately took control of the midfield and dictated the tempo. With Bayern Munich attacking Juventus at full throttle, the former Lazio man’s veteran presence at the heart of midfield paid dividends.
Hernanes v Bayern – By the Numbers:
Minutes played: 45
Passes completed: 20/23 (87%)
Ball recoveries: 5
Fouls suffered: 4/4
As illustrated from the stats above, Hernanes had an all-around solid forty five minutes on the pitch both offensively and defensively. One of the more interesting stats that sticks out to me from above is the last one: Fouls suffered. In the second half, Hernanes was fouled a staggering four times. Why is this significant? Well, there were times were the Juventus man had no options when in possession and he diligently won a free kick to alleviate pressure. While it may not seem like much, it give his side necessary breathing room on a number of occasions.
Where does he go from here now? After a torrid start to his Juventus career, it seemed that Hernanes was on his way out from the club. Allegri, however, rejected his sale and kept him at the club. With the benefit of hindsight, it now seems like the right call. With injuries mounting in Turin, Hernanes may be called upon more than once in the crucial stretch. If he’s able to put in performances similar to tonight, there’s no reason that Hernanes can’t turn around his fortunes at the club and carve out a respectable career in bianconero.