It was always going to be a nail-biter, given that Juventus’ performances recently have been a representation of inconsistency. In the first half, Juventus were lacklustre. Some of the players were awful with their creativity. Despite missing players to injuries, Massimiliano Allegri could’ve done better.
The Italian gaffer made a decisive substitute at halftime to change the spirit of the game, bringing in Nicolò Fagioli to replace Weston McKennie, one of the most counter-productive players for Juve in the first half. Fagioli notched up the opener with a curling effort, a worldie, with a right-footed curler in the 73rd minute of the match.
In the final minutes, Lecce hit the bar once and put enormous pressure on the Bianconeri defence. But Allegri had already strengthened his team’s rearguard which helped Juve secure three points on a tough evening. Here are the player ratings from Juventus’ 1-0 win against the Giallorossi.
Lecce: Falcone (7); Gendrey (6.5), Baschirotto (7), Pongracic (7), Gallo (6.5); Blin (6), Hjulmand (7), Gonzalez (6); Strefezza (6), Ceesay (6), Oudin (5.5).
Substitutes: Banda (6.5), Askildsen (6.5), Di Francesco (N/A), Colombo (N/A), Rodríguez (N/A).
Juventus: Szczesny (7); Cuadrado (6), Gatti (7), Danilo (6), Alex Sandro (6.5); McKennie (5), Miretti (6), Rabiot (6); Soulè (6), Milik (6.5), Kostic (7).
Substitutes: Fagioli (8), Kean (6.5), Iling-Junior (7), Bonucci (N/A).
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder