Juventus claimed a much-needed 2-0 victory over Bologna in Serie A on Saturday evening to temporarily move up to sixth in the table.
The Bianconeri lost much of the momentum they had built up over the past few weeks away at Venezia last weekend, but they got back on track here. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for the visitors before a deflected Juan Cuadrado effort doubled Juve’s lead midway through the second half following a period of sustained Bologna pressure.
Cuadrado’s strike tamed the hosts and settled down the suffocated Bianconeri. In the end, Juve cruised to a 2-0 win.
Here are the Juventus player ratings from Saturday’s win.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 6.5/10 – It was a fairly busy evening for Szczesny, but much of his work was comfortable. His hands were safe throughout, and he made a smart save to deny Nicolas Dominguez in the second period. The Pole’s distribution was questionable at times, but this was. a fine performance overall.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 6.5/10 – A venture forward from the Colombian in the second half culminated in the goal Juventus were craving. It was a fine strike from the right-back and a timely reminder that he only scores bangers. The Colombian was suspect defensively at times, shaky in the build-up phase, but he was non-stop throughout.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 6/10 – Once again, Bonucci was outshone by his partner. However, the veteran Italian was stern amid Bologna’s period of pressure in the second half and refused to fold. His work with the ball was sub-par, however.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 8/10 – “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” Those were the words recited by De Ligt in the mirror as he awoke on Saturday morning (probably). The Dutchman was quite brilliant in this one, with his importance to Juventus untold. He produced block after block amid Bologna’s period of sustained pressure after the restart, and dealt with the varied threat of Marko Arnautovic and Musa Barrow with ease. So impressive.
Luca Pellegrini (LB) – 5.5/10 – Allegri’s 4-3-3 somewhat restricted the full-backs in attack. With the width being held by the wingers, Pellegrini wasn’t expected to venture forward. Thus, it was an uncharacteristically quiet outing for the Italian, who was replaced by Alex Sandro on the hour after picking up a knock.