Match Review Coppa Italia

Juventus 4-0 Torino Coppa Italia – It’s all coming together

December 17, 2015 - 8:52 pm


Juventus 4-0 Torino

Scorers: Zaza 28, 51 (J), Dybala 73 (J), Pogba 84 (J)

Coppa Italia –  Wednesday, 16th December- 19:45 GMT – Juventus Stadium

Paul Pogba and Paulo Dybala bagged a goal each while Simone Zaza scored a brace in Juve’s 4-0 demolition of Torino.

Full match report to follow…


Simone Zaza – With the exception of his yellow card and reckless tackling, big Simone was in imperious form, bullying the Torino defence until they collectively submitted with whimper. He’s been called a one-dimensional player, single minded in his play, but sometimes, thats exactly what you need. A big bully of a centre forward who can put himself about and score the kind of goals he did last night. The finish on the first was Trezeguet-esque and the second was a sharp bit of play, considering he could have put his foot through the ball and hit it with his first touch. Impressive.

Paulo Dybala – Another game, another goal…it’s becoming all too commonplace now, and what a blessing it is to watch a promising young player on the up-and-up. He links up play perfectly between midfield and the attack but last night, with Torino a man down, he had the opportunity to try the spectacular. Scroll down for a screengrab of his goal, the deftest of finishes, caressing the ball into the net. Sublime

Claudio Marchisio – Every now and again, I like to just switch off from the rest of the team and focus my attention on one player during the match. More often than not, it’s Marchisio because simply put, he’s damn good. His efficiency with the ball, his range of passing, his energy, the way he does simple things to keep the midfield ticking over. Almost always flawless.

Paul Pogba – Frustrating for the first half of the match but that quickly gave way to a more mature performance in the second. His free kick was a moment of beauty and his overall play improved as the game progressed. Important to see him back among the goalscorers as he looks like a player that thrives on confidence and his recent performances were patchy.

Daniele Rugani – Three months into his Juve career proper, and the young defender finally get his first start in black and white. It’s difficult to assess what kind of a debut it was, given that Torino played much of the game with 10 men, however two things spring to mind: 1) The way young Daniele kept shouting instructions at Bonucci. A small observation and while it probably meant little in the grander scheme of things, it was nice to see young man not being intimidated by the game or the occasion – rather, he shouted out instructions and called out the passes. 2) The sprint back to deny Belotti. While he still got his shot away, the way Rugani managed to narrow the angle and the fact that he covered for Bonucci….little things, little things.





Juventus: Neto; Rugani, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Khedira (Padoin 81), Marchisio (Hernanes 87), Pogba, Alex Sandro; Zaza (Dybala 53), Morata

Torino: Ichazo; Bovo, Glik, Moretti (Avelar 81); Peres, Aquah, Gazzi, Baselli (Gaston Silva 64), Molinaro; Belotti (Quagliarella 64), Maxi Lopez

Ref: Doveri

Sent off: Molinaro 49 (T)



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Juventus 1-0 Torino (Zaza)


Juventus 2-0 Torino (Zaza)


Juventus 3-0 Torino (Dybala)


Juventus 4-0 Torino (Pogba)


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    Moderator December 17, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Didn;t have too much time to write anything of note, but certainly wanted to highlight the positives from this game. Those are just handfull in a truly memorable few months. Taking out the loss to Sevilla and the draw to Gladbach, (both exceptions to the rule, so to speak) Juve have a perfect record. If we can beat Carpi away from home, we’ll have won all our league games in November and December, our last loss being the match against Sassuolo.

    With players returning one by one, perhaps the only downside is that the league has to come to a halt for 2.5 weeks. The momentum is with the team and the coach and there are assorted rumblings about Bayern, Pep and what may happen next summer. Meanwhile, Juve are becoming only more solid on the pitch, highlighted perhaps by the introduction young Daniele Rugani got last night. A great game for him to ‘blood’ himself with two of the best defenders in the world to the side of him.

    The tables tell their own story – From languishing at the foot of the table 3 months ago, to gradually ascending Mount Serie A, one victory at a time.

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      Moderator December 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Worth mentioning that we face Lazio in the QF’s of the Coppa Italia. I actually prefer facing them to Udinese. We’ve got a decent track record against the Laziale

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        JuveMondo December 17, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        did you see Kone’s goal? that was insane

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    JuveMondo December 17, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Zaza gotta be my MOTM. Something about that guy…

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    Jack Handey December 18, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I was getting really infuriated with Rugani’s overly conservative play in the first half. He was so scared of going or passing forward that all his touches were essentially back passes to Bonucci. He looked a lot more loose in the second half.

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      Peter December 18, 2015 at 5:32 am

      I agree, but I don’t blame him. Imagine his situation. Finally he gets some time to play, he can’t just mess this up, otherwise he could be out of picture for good. Once we were ahead in both goals and players, he could be more relaxed.

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      Moderator December 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Bonucci was coaxing him out – It was an encouraging debut considering he’s not played a game all season. that would cause anyone to play conservatively

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        JuveMondo December 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

        I’d like to see Zaza and Rugani start again vs Carpi but I doubt either will