Juventus produced arguably their best performance of the season as they thumped Sampdoria 4-1 on Tuesday night to advance into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.
The Bianconeri were rampant from the outset and after dominating the opening exchanges, Juan Cuadrado gave them the lead via a well-struck free-kick. The hosts should’ve been two or three ahead by the break, but a combination of errant finishing and Wladimiro Falcone temporarily kept the score down.
Juve’s pressure was unrelenting, however, and Daniele Rugani doubled their advantage seven minutes into the second half. Andrea Conti bagged a superb consolation out of nowhere just after the hour before substitute Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata put the result beyond doubt.
The Bianconeri’s triumph sets up a quarter-final tie against either Sassuolo or Cagliari.
Here are the Juventus player ratings from their beatdown of Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Mattia Perin (GK) – 5.5/10 – Perin got fingertips to Conti’s strike but he couldn’t prevent the wing-back’s drive from hitting the back of the net. Otherwise, the Italian had absolutely nothing to do.
Mattia De Sciglio (RB) – 7/10 – A sound display from the emerging Mr Reliable. De Sciglio was pretty faultless in possession and he prevented a threatening Sampdoria counter with a strong challenge early on in the second period.
Danilo (CB) – 7/10 – Danilo made his first appearance since November on Tuesday night and the Brazilian impressed on his return. The versatile defender lined up at centre-back but his services were barely required in the defensive phase. He added technical security and verticality to Juve’s build-up.
Daniele Rugani (CB) – 7.5/10 – Rugani thoroughly deserved his goal and you could see just how much it meant to him. It’s been a difficult couple of years for the once precocious Italian and while many were sceptical of his viability in 2021/22, he’s proving everybody wrong.
Alex Sandro (LB) – 5/10 – The full-back got forward pretty well without providing a distinct threat. He also surrendered far too much space to Conti for Sampdoria’s goal after being caught too narrow.