A very good game by our guys, who looked very confident especially in the second half, after letting Fiorentina vent in the first half. The goal was coming and Pirlo stroke again with a beautiful free kick, giving Juventus a hard fought qualification to the next round.
Buffon: 6.5. He didn’t need to wear his Supergigi costume tonight, he wasn’t called to do miracles but he was sure as always when Fiorentina players shot.
Caceres: 7. He’s definitely on the rise, he’s gaining confidence as he plays consistently. Maybe we should not worry too much for the absence of Barza. Energetic, always on top of his game.
Bonucci: 6. A couple of lapses of focus. Nothing too worrying, but he was nutmegged by Cuadrado once. Overall a good job of Gomez, who didn’t have clear-cut chances.
Chiellini: 6.5. Usual Chiello, aggressive but fairly composed. He didn’t have to do extraordinary things because all the defensive line did well.
Isla: 6.5. Another player that is increasingly improving. He’s not shy anymore going forward, his crosses are good and his decision-making has reached acceptable levels.
Vidal: 5.5. The physical presence was there, but he made a couple of un-Vidal-like misses on two headers (especially the second one with the empty net) and he was booked so he will miss the next game.
Pirlo: 9. He’s officially Jesus. At Genoa, his free kick was graceful and curly, this time it was powerful and smart, beating Neto on his side. He gave me the impression to be single-handedly controlling the pace of the game.
Pogba: 6.5. A couple of powerful runs and good flicks. It is not the best Paul yet, his shooting is still not there, but he’s contributing.
Asamoah: 6. After a streak of games were he was on fire, today he didn’t attack much. On the other hand, he contained well Cuadrado, who was dangerous only once.
Tevez: 7. The usual pest. He’s the one who tried the hardest, with multiple efforts from distance and deep runs in the box, trying to create havoc. His European curse still stand, but certainly you can’t say that he’s underperforming.
Llorente: 7.5. He wasn’t flashy, but he decided the game. He battled the whole match with the CBs, winning most of the air duels. He didn’t have many chances to score, barring a header off a Lichsteiner cross, but that turn on the edge of the box, forcing Gonzalo to foul him and consequently get sent off, prepared the ground for the Pirlo beauty and for a serene management of the remaining minutes.
Lichsteiner: 6. A good cross, usual work on the flank for limited minutes to make sure Fiorentina didn’t attack too insistently.
Osvaldo: 6.5. He didn’t play much but he created a chance with an outstanding run.
Conte: 7. I don’t know if in his pre-game presser he downplayed the importance of the game on purpose or if he was preparing the fans to the elimination. On the pitch, his tactic was spot on. Juventus didn’t start firing at all cylinders, but saved energy for the second half, where they controlled the game, created chances and ultimately won the game. Chapeau.
Pirlo pledged to stay with us, great nes
We won! 😀 And once again it’s Pirlo who saves us! Like the article says, he is Jesus.
i applaud you Dutch for actually reading the article :p
Text on top is close to unreadable, use a box or something 🙂
ya brother, i been talking about that for weeks … it looks fuckin brutal .. Lol, and on this one the authors name cant even be made out .. bunch of tools.
Conte seems to have come to his senses. Padoin didn’t play even a second in this match!
Probably being rested for the next Serie A game 😛
btw, did you guys even notice if Vargas was on the pitch? he was a ghost today!
bye bye Napoli
stupid stupid Napoli
AZ midfielder Berghuis wants to draw Juve in the next round. I can’t help but agree with that 😛
Advice to that guy: Be careful what you wish for.
Lmao napoli what a shit team
Porto is stronger since they changed coach 3 weeks ago
Pirlo rating: He is officially Jesus. Ahahahaha
disqus having a meltdown? what happened to the rest of the comments?
We’re up against Lyon!
So we’re tied with Lyon. Anyone know if they’re good?
They aren’t the Lyon of a few years ago. Definitely an easier draw than Benfica, Porto or Valencia.
Lyon it is.. they nearly had trouble with Viktoria Plzen. Lets kill the club that lost on purpose so Ajax would exit the cl few years ago…
Because thats of course Lyons priority,making sure Ajax doesn’t advance 😛
Well i messed the facts up abit. Lyon advanced because they bought Dinamo Zagreb to lose like 8-0 to them and that cost Ajax the 2nd round back then. And yeah for some reason they hold a grudge against Ajax, i dunno why. It certainly wasn’t because they wanted to advance themselves, that was just a bonus.
Well normally I’d want us to help a team that screwed with the Dutch but not on this occasion
AZ – Benfica
Basel – Valencia
Lyon – Juventus
Porto – Sevilla
I hope we will take Lyon seriously.
disqus eating away all comments here
Lyon? I don’t think they will be that big of a threat, but then again I don’t know much about their current squad.
Conte and The Magic Lamp
ahh Lyon. last time we met was in 2009/2010 which also was my first following Juve :p i hated that we couldnt beat them, but now its different. lets bury these fools to the ground!
Lyon are worse than Fiorentina, plus Fiorentina had something to prove against us. 2-1 and 2-0 for us.
oh yea i know they are worst. i just want to really beat them for the ajax fans and a i kinda want redemption for not being able to beat them in 09/10
I dont remember the 09-10 game. What was the score?
i think it was 1-1 and 0-0, or 1-1 on both occasions
Wooh lyon! I called it…sorta
well you did ask for it :p
so after all the negative feedback coming from the players, it is now reported that Inzaghi will replace Seedorf next season.
what a crappy way to start off your coaching stint. if i were the milan directors, i wouldve hired a much more competent coach to “take care” of the team. Allegri left them in a terrible state and left a burden much too large for an inexperienced coach to bear.
hopefully the players refresh their selves over the summer.
But even as an i experienced coach he’s made some terrible selection choices.. I mean really the only player doing anything against us was montolivio so what does he do when we go ahead? Take him off.. Come on thats just idiotic.
yea he has A LOT of learning to do. players complained of him giving far too much attention to Balotelli, practices only being held at the lunch hours(which invites late night partying), long pointless speeches, playing players out of position and six other things that i havent read. he kinda lacks common sense, which is a sad thing to say about a coach
I don’t really blame Allegri for some reason. Look at Milan’s squad and injury list. They have players like Bonera Mexes Muntari Robinho etc and there is no way they can produce high class football. some of them aren’t giving 100% to the team. They really need to sign some good players this summer.
happy holidays guys! today was international puppy day!
would love lacazette from Lyon… Marrotta! Have a word when we’re in France…
Even though it’s already been dismissed there were talks of cavani plus 30million for pogba.. Oh dear lord I’d have snapped their hands off at that then carried pogba all the way there myself