In yet one more controversial match performed in a heated environment, Juventus defeated Fiorentina 2-Zero on Friday to go to the highest of Serie A.
The Viola appeared intent on making the distinction and performed a superb first half and even hit the submit, however issues obtained even higher once they had been awarded a penalty and an opportunity to open the scoring when the ball hit Giorgio Chiellini’s arm. After a lot deliberation and VAR session, the choice was reversed, leaving Fiorentina incensed.
Within the second half, Juve reclaimed management of the match, utilising their expertise and superior skill to regulate the opponent and rating themselves. Not like Fiorentina, they took their possibilities to earn all three factors in a tricky stadium.
One aim conceded of their previous 16 matches, Juventus saved one other clear sheet to face them in good stead for the match in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur.
Juve need to learn to overcome an opponent who is aware of the best way to apply strain. Too usually the staff begins to battle once they face depth, shedding their grip on the sport. If they can not stay composed, they’ll proceed to be provoked into making errors.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
6 — Massimiliano Allegri celebrated his 200th recreation accountable for Juventus and secured his 11th consecutive victory in all competitions. The staff may have performed higher however Juve took management of the match within the second half and Allegri managed the sport effectively, altering formations to safe the end result.
Participant scores (1-10; 10=finest; gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Gianluigi Buffon, 6 — Wasn’t known as upon too usually however decisive in stopping Cyril Thereau.
DF Stephan Lichtsteiner, 5 — The participant rose to stardom at Juve for his tactical understanding, at all times providing an outlet on the proper. Did little of that in opposition to Fiorentina, providing virtually nothing for the staff going ahead.
DF Mehdi Benatia, 6 — One other glorious efficiency from the participant who coped effectively underneath the strain, intercepting the ball and stopping the opponent from making an affect.
DF Giorgio Chiellini, 6 — He almost conceded the penalty along with his arm however greater than made up for it by delivering the proper via ball help for Gonzalo Higuain. Did effectively to restrict Giovanni Simeone.
DF Alex Sandro, 6 — Yo-yo efficiency the place you noticed one of the best in him and the errors that may be provoked when the opponent pushed with depth. Higher at tackling than anybody else and cleared the ball out of harmful areas.
MF Sami Khedira, 6 — His presence was extra discrete than standard however he was readily available to supply clever tactical working, protecting the proper areas. Nonetheless, he is able to extra and should have helped take a greater grip of the sport within the first half.
MF Miralem Pjanic, 6 — Pjanic suffers in matches similar to these and could not present the management or geometric passes required to make a distinction. Higher within the defensive section when he would win again possession and play it ahead.
MF Claudio Marchisio, 6 — Whereas an excellent participant, Marchisio could not supply the power and dynamism Juve want in midfield, making Blaise Matuidi’s absence felt. Nonetheless, he used his intelligence to restrict the areas.
FW Federico Bernardeschi, 7 — Made a constant effort to win again the ball, to press the opponent and to make the distinction. Used his feelings and the strain of the environment to his benefit, delivering an attractive free kick to safe the opening aim.
FW Gonzalo Higuain, 7 — Persevering with his wealthy vein of kind, Higuain wasn’t helped successfully by the staff however waited patiently for his probability and scored with medical effectivity. Again to his finest.
FW Mario Mandzukic, 5 — Video games like these expose Mandzukic’s weaknesses. He could not make a distinction in opposition to a aspect that required good motion and exact actions. As a substitute he did not make an affect in all areas and in each phases of the sport.
DF Andrea Barzagli, 6 — Got here on to supply safety and expertise on the again to safe the end result.
FW Douglas Costa, 6 — His arrival on the pitch helped put Fiorentina underneath strain. He supplied additional help for the midfield, delivered neat balls ahead and utilised his pace and dribbling expertise to push Juve ahead.
MF Rodrigo Bentancur, NR — Got here on and tried to push Juve ahead in assault.
Mina Rzouki covers Juventus and the Italian nationwide staff for ESPN FC. Observe her on Twitter: @Minarzouki.