Paulo Dybala ran the show as Juventus beat Salernitana 2-0 in Serie A on Tuesday night.
La Joya opened the scoring for the visitors with a fierce first-time strike from distance, as the Argentine embarked on a virtuoso performance in Salerno. After taking the lead, Juve began to impose their will on the lowly visitors, but they failed to double their advantage before half-time.
Salernitana got higher up the pitch after the break and began to cause the comfortable visitors a few problems. The Bianconeri were handed the odd scare, with Luca Ranieri hitting the post, but after substitute Alvaro Morata smartly converted Federico Bernardeschi’s cross at the near post, the three points were secure.
Dybala had the chance to triple Juve’s advantage from the spot with the last kick of the game, but a slip prevented him from hitting the back of the net.
Here are the Juventus player ratings from the 2-0 win.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 6/10 – Had very little to do.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 6.5/10 – Cuadrado was a distinct beneficiary of Allegri’s more aggressive approach. Having been restricted since filling in at right-back, he was given free rein to advance into the Salernitana third in this one and the result was a much-improved display.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 6.5/10 – After a shaky pair of performances last week, De Ligt returned to his dominant self in this one. He covered well in transition and won his duels in the air against a direct Salernitana outfit.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – 6.5/10 – The Italian smiled his way through his duel with Simy tonight and came through the contest relatively unscathed. There was your typical shaky Chiellini moment with the ball but, on the whole, this was a measured display from the veteran after having a goal ruled out in the opening period.
Luca Pellegrini (LB) – 7.5/10 – Super impressed by Pellegrini tonight. Juve’s dynamic possession structure aimed at getting the young Italian high upfield and he provided a reliable source of width down the left. He was positive with almost every action, completing a run in the second period that Alex Sandro could only dream of embarking on at this stage of his career. His tactical astuteness was on full display, too, as he rotated well with Federico Bernardeschi down his flank – looking comfortable when he received in central areas. Overall, Juve looked a more dangerous outfit with Pellegrini in the side.