1. Coppa Italia final MOTM
So far, we’ve celebrated Chiesa’s brilliance helping Juventus to a disappointing fourth-place Serie A finish and a humiliating Champions League exit.
“Did any of the Italian’s genius result in a tangible reward?” I hear you ask. Well, why don’t I throw the Coppa Italia at ya?
With the score locked at one apiece midway through the second half of the final against Atalanta, Chiesa, who had earlier hit the post, had possession in a seemingly innocuous position down the left.
However, in a flash, the Italian had separated himself from Hans Hateboer and played a crisp infield pass to Dejan Kulusevski. Chiesa’s nature didn’t allow him to stop once the pass had been made, and he instead darted into the Atalanta box where he received a sublime return pass from the Swede.
The first touch to beat Rafael Toloi and put himself in the optimal position to score was incredible. Then, with Pierluigi Gollini bearing down on him, Chiesa calmly slotted home with his left foot (again!)
In the blink of an eye, the 23-year-old had evolved an inauspicious situation into a cup-winning sequence. That moment, amid a Man of the Match performance, was his finest during his first year at Juventus.