Respect Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado was a rare bright spot for Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus. He emerged as an assist demon from right-back; frequently popping up with a crucial moment or two on the big night.
Despite his impressive 2020/21 campaign and the consistency he’s displayed this season, Cuadrado is a player that has often come under unfair criticism from supporters. Sure, he’s a touch erratic and his decision-making can leave plenty to be desired, but in contests such as Saturday, his contribution is invaluable.
Why? Well, for a Juventus side that are so reliant on the magic of Dybala as a source of innovation in the final third, Cuadrado provides an alternate dynamic. And while Dybala pops up to produce the odd moment or two, the Colombian always seems to be involved. He can change the speed of Juve’s attacks with a shimmy and a shift, while his ability in one-vs-one situations against a defender remains stellar.
In Sardinia, Cuadrado was Juve’s most influential performer for large stretches. He was constantly trying to make something happen – even if his efforts didn’t always produce a tangible reward – and he was key in Juve claiming all three points.
Through sheer persistence and a touch of quality with the cross, Cuadrado was able to tee up De Ligt for the opener. Then, the Colombian’s line-breaking pass found the feet of Dybala who subsequently set up Vlahovic for the winner.
It was the aforementioned tandem that took all the plaudits on Saturday night, but Cuadrado’s influence can’t be overlooked. Let’s put some respect on his name!
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