A rampant and electrical begin from Juventus led to the early and solely aim of the match as they defeated Atalanta 1-Zero within the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal, registering what could possibly be a significant away aim within the course of.
Decided to take this trophy significantly, Juventus got here out with all weapons blazing, stretching Atalanta’s defence and enjoying with mobility and intense stress within the early levels. The house facet had been merely shocked for a lot of the early a part of the sport and took time to settle in, compelled to defend in opposition to an bold opponent.
As soon as Juve calmed down, Atalanta started to play as they do however lacked the standard to pierce via an organised defence. The Bianconeri did finally tire within the second half however might nonetheless depend on their superior potential and expertise to shut out the sport and safe the slender win.
One other clear sheet for the Outdated Woman and one other goalkeeping masterclass from Gianluigi Buffon who not solely saved the penalty however remained alert to any potential hazard. He could also be 40 however he’s nonetheless as agile and alert as he ever was.
Within the ultimate third, Juventus should enhance by really ending the various probabilities they create or on the very least present assist for the striker when counterattacking. Far too usually Gonzalo Higuain was left alone searching for a participant to cross to in hopes of making attacking hazard.
Supervisor score out of 10
6 — The style through which Massimiliano Allegri’s facet attacked within the first 15 minutes is how they need to at all times play, with fluidity, mobility and thrilling depth. Getting the early aim allowed them to utilise their expertise and shut out the match. Allegri ready for this recreation expertly as at all times whereas his facet present no indicators of slowing down of their quest for a treble or a double on the very least.
Participant scores (1-10; 10=greatest; gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score):
GK, Gianluigi Buffon, eight — The 40-year-old legend by no means disappoints, making an exquisite save on Papu Gomez’s first-half penalty. Few can learn the sport in addition to he does, coming off his line to rescue Juve and at all times remaining alert to any potential hazard.
DF Mattia De Sciglio, 5 — Not the efficiency we anticipated from the teenager who had been impressing till now. The tempo of the sport noticed him lose his bearings and he was unable to supply authority on the left on this evening.
DF Medhi Benatia, 6 — Conceded the penalty however in any other case was at all times in the fitting place on the proper time. Good dedication and ambition proven to assist and canopy for his teammates, however Atalanta’s relentless methods compelled a number of extra errors than we’ve got grown accustomed to from the defender.
DF Giorgio Chiellini, 7 — We’ve got come to at all times count on one of the best from the mighty warrior who reads hazard so properly and performs with depth at each alternative, blocking the opponent from doing something.
DF Alex Sandro, 5 — Good footwork to get out of hassle when on the ball however usually loses focus, forcing his teammates to assist him. Must get again to offering a full 90 minutes of alert and efficient play.
MF Sami Khedira, 7 — Maybe the neatest participant on the pitch in a tactical sense. Knew precisely the way to function and the place to run to supply for the workforce each in defence and assault.
MF Miralem Pjanic, 6 — Good power and depth, urgent the opponent viciously within the first half whereas overcoming Atalanta’s press properly. Nevertheless, the participant must discover ways to create time for himself and ship what is critical when it comes to passes quite than revert to intuition when the opponent applies stress as Atalanta did as we speak. Nonetheless, he at all times supplies hazard even when he wasn’t excellent from dead-ball conditions.
MF Blaise Matuidi, 6 — Had some wonderful probabilities to attain which he spurned. Positioned himself properly and supplied power, however at instances he comes throughout as too chaotic when composure is required, leading to errors.
FW Douglas Costa, 5 — Began properly however pale because the match progressed, providing little when he was required to assist relieve the stress and supply an outlet.
FW Gonzalo Higuain, eight — Very, excellent tonight and one of the best participant on the pitch, particularly within the first couple of minutes as he confirmed his full vary of talents. Sadly, wasn’t supported properly on the counter, usually with nobody to cross to when he did make run ahead earlier than finally being crowded out.
FW Mario Mandzukic, 6 — Superb in offering layoffs and mixing along with his teammates within the ultimate third in addition to creating areas and serving to Sandro in defence.
FW Federico Bernardeschi, 6 — Absorbed the directions completely, offering precisely what was required of him.
DF Andrea Barzagli, NR — Offered expertise to shut out the sport.
MF Rodrigo Bentancur, NR — Got here on and instantly lent a serving to hand in defence, displaying tenacity and dedication, however his inexperience was shortly uncovered thereafter when he conceded a free kick within the dying minutes.
Mina Rzouki covers Juventus and the Italian nationwide workforce for ESPN FC. Comply with her on Twitter: @Minarzouki.