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Juventus 2-1 Fiorentina Player Ratings

August 20, 2016

Juventus made a near perfect start to their title defence with a solid 2-1 victory over Fiorentina in week 1 of Serie A.

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Gigi Buffon

A few brief fumbles aside, the captain was rarely troubled in goal. Could do nothing about Kalinic’s goal but other than that, the defence was rock solid.

5.5 / 10


Dani Alves

Superb debut, up and down the right flank with lots of pace and invention. Clever positioning, and a great understanding with Paulo Dybala already. Great deliveries from the right showed exactly what Juve were missing down that flank last season.

6.5 / 10


 Giorgio Chiellini

Regularly ventured into the Fiorentina half in the first 45 mins and provided a pinpoint cross for Sami Khedira’s opening goal. Kept Kalinic quiet for almost the entire 90 minutes. Sturdy.

6.5 / 10


Andrea Barzagli

Strong at the back, rarely troubled by the Fiorentina attack – Made one tough challenge that resulted in a deserved booking. Otherwise untroubled.

6.0 / 10


Leonardo Bonucci

His customary self – strong in air, easily anticpiated Fiorentina attacks and played the ball out from the back with his usual accuracy.

6.0 / 10


Kwadwo Asamoah

Good to see him back in action, especially when he showed what he can offer when fully fit. Worked tirelessly in the first half, breaking up attacks and trying his luck from range. Even better as the game went on, pulling defenders out of position to create space for Higuain to score.

6.5 / 10


Sami Khedira

Regularly made runs into the box from midfield and got his reward with a perfectly placed cross from Chiellini which he headed home to put Juve into the lead. An intelligent performance all over the pitch. Man of the match

7.5 / 10


Mario Lemina

Sat in front of the defence and played a near-perfect game. Regularly broke up Fiorentina attacks, shielded the back 3 and provided an outlet. Great range of passing and was unlucky not to score. A big performance from the young midfielder.

7.0 / 10


Alex Sandro

Dangerous going forward, once he had found the right range for his delivery. Caught out for the Fiorentina equaliser and looked a little shaky defensively. A mixed performance.

6.0 / 10


Mario Mandzukic

Headed a few half-chances over the bar and looked a lonely figure in the box. Struggled to get onto the crosses from Sandro and Alves but he tracked back well and played a decent game.

6.0 / 10


Paulo Dybala

An exciting return to action for La Joya – Linked brilliantly with Alves with whom he seems to have an immediate understanding. Hit one shot onto the crossbar and performed well, considering Fiorentina marked him tightly for most of the match.

6.5 / 10

 

Max Allegri

Deployed his team perfectly, no change in formation, stuck with the 3-5-2 and used his players to perfect effect. Introduced Higuain at the right moment to give Juve the lead and saw out the game late on with some defensive subs.

 

Substitutes

Gonzalo Higuain

A near perfect debut. Came on as a sub and had an immediate impact. His positioning, his runs, his finishing….everything that Juve have lacked on occasion in previous seasons. Clinical when scoring the winner and could easily have had a second.

7.0 / 10


Patrice Evra

Came on late into the game and provided some stability at the back.

N/A


Hernanes

A late sub to wind the clock down. No real impact on the game.

N/A

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