Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina
Scorers: Ilicic pen 3 (F), Cuadrado 6 (J), Mandzukic 81 (J), Dybala 91 (J)
Serie A Week 16 – Sunday, 13th December- 19:45 GMT – Juventus Stadium
Juventus came from a goal down to rout Fiorentina 3-1 and move another place up the table
Full match report to follow
Mandzukic – Scoring goals, creating goals and perhaps more importantly, pressing the Fiorentina defence all night, running up and down the pitch until he was subbed off. I thought of him as a static, Trezeguet type of striker – Allegri has him running, defending and scoring goals. Another great/Vital performance.
Six wins in a row – From languishing in 18th, to a gradual, steady ascent up the table into the top 4 again and a mere 6 points from the top. A confidence inspiring win ahead of the xmas break. This Juve is starting to come together in a big way.
Dybala – What more is there to be said ? 8 goals, 3 assists and counting. The young striker has fitted in perfectly and is now leading the attack in his own way. The partnership with Mandzukic is paying dividends because of Allegri’s persistence and courage to stick with it. They’ve scored or assisted a goal in 6 of Juve’s last games.
Allegri – Got it right again. I sound like a broken record, but all the talk was of Sousa and his new look Fiorentina – A 3-4-2-1- system and La Viola’s impressive record. Allegri outschooled the young coach and earned a precious 3 points with Juve having far less possession on the night.
Bonucci – Kalinic ? What Kalinic? the one that spent the night in Leo’s back pocket? Ahhh. Another defensive masterclass from the best of Juve’s defenders. Strong. Smart. Quick. Preemptive. He had it all tonight.
Marchisio – Didn’t put a foot wrong – completed all 41 of his passes, 100% Thoroughly impressive given the opposition!
Man of the Match: Paulo Dybala
Flop of the Match: N/A
Pass Accuracy: 79%
Shots on Target: 6
Total Shots: 16
Ball Possession: 38%
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cuadrado, Khedira (Sturaro 61), Marchisio, Pogba, Evra (Alex Sandro 76); Mandzukic (Morata 85), Dybala
Fiorentina: Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Astori; Bernardeschi, Badelj, Vecino (Rossi 85), Alonso (Pasqual 85); Borja Valero, Ilicic (Mati Fernandez 85); Kalinic
Juventus 1-1 Fiorentina (Cuadrado)
Juventus 2-1 Fiorentina (Mandzukic )
Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina (Dybala)