The spoils were shared in the Derby della Mole on Friday night as Torino pegged back Juventus to draw 1-1.
A super start from the visitors counted for little with the Old Lady taking the lead via an emphatic Matthijs de Ligt header at the back post. The hosts threatened to double their advantage in the minutes that followed before Ivan Juric’s side re-grouped before half-time.
Torino started the second period as they did the first and their efforts were rewarded when Andrea Belotti, on his first start of 2022, equalised smartly just after the hour.
Max Allegri’s substitutions then stifled the Bianconeri, who failed to create anything of any substance in the closing stages as Torino earned a deserved point in the derby.
Here are our Juventus player ratings from Friday night’s Derby della Mole draw.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 6.5/10 – Szczesny survived Torino’s aerial bombardment in the first half amid a commanding performance. However, I’m sure he’ll feel that he should’ve done more to deny Belotti from equalising.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 6/10 – His set-piece delivery was quite outstanding and he registered his first assist since April last year in this one. However, Cuadrado’s work in open play wasn’t quite as consistent.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 8/10 – De Ligt scored for a second time in the derby on Friday night amid yet another stellar defensive display. The Dutchman followed up his masterclass in Bergamo with a performance of a similar ilk here. His header to open the scoring was emphatic and he produced several stand-out defensive sequences that depicted his current dominance. There are very few defenders playing at a higher level than De Ligt right now.
Alex Sandro (CB) – 5/10 – An injury to Daniele Rugani in the warm-up forced starting left-back Alex Sandro to move alongside De Ligt with both Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini out injured. The Brazilian had done okay in an unfamiliar position before Belotti peeled off him to equalise.
Luca Pellegrini (LB) – 6/10 – Alex Sandro’s move to centre-back handed Pellegrini just his second start of 2022. The streaky Italian succumbed to Torino’s press on occasions as Wilfried Singo posed a distinct threat. Nevertheless. Pellegrini was typically exuberant on the overlap before being forced off at half-time with a knee injury.