Juventus vs Bologna Player Ratings: Vlahovic Rediscovers His Touch

At the half-empty Allianz Stadium in Turin, Juventus were hellbent on putting their campaign back on track when they hosted Bologna who were still searching for the first win under Thiago Motta. The Bianconeri roasted their Emilian visitors with three unanswered goals courtesy of Filip Kositc, Dusan Vlahovic and Arek Milik, and could have even added more to their tally. So here are our player ratings for the encounter between Juventus and Bologna in the 8th round of Serie A.

Juventus (4-4-2)

Wojciech Szczesny – 6

On his return from injury, the Pole was literally a bystander, with the visitors never truly threatening his goal.

Danilo – 7

A solid display from former Manchester City man who kept Sansone and Vignato quiet while also surging forward occasionally.

Leonardo Bonucci – 7

Aside from a couple of scares early in the second half, the Juventus captain was in a splendid form, marshalling the backline with confidence and picking up his teammates with clever passes from the back.

Gleison Bremer – 7

The former Torino man had to put his shrewdness, physical strength and defensive skills into play in order to win a tough duel against the relentless Arnautovic. He can be proud with this one.

Alex Sandro – 6.5

The declining Brazilian put up an encouraging performance against Bologna. Didn’t allow Orsolini much space to cause damage, and made some positive contribution when going forward, including a sublime cross for McKennie. However, he almost gifted the opposition a goal when losing possession cheaply late in the match.

Weston McKennie – 6.5

The USMNT star formed a solid right side alongside Danilo. Wasted a good chance early on when he headed the ball straight at Skorupski, but made up for it by providing a fabulous assist for Vlahovic.

Manuel Locatelli – 6

The Euro 2020 winner made his return from injury and appeared to be in a good physical shape. Helped Juventus in bossing the middle of the park, but wasn’t always accurate in his passing.

Adrien Rabiot – 6.5

Another midfielder who made his return following a spell on the sidelines. The Frenchman looked energetic and enthusiastic, but his touch abandoned him on some occasions. Nevertheless he did well in his personal duel against Schouten.

Filip Kostic – 7.5

The Serbian enjoyed his finest outing since joining Juventus in the summer. Broke the deadlock with a lovely finish from a tight angle, and had an important role to play in his side’s second goal. Was also generous in his defensive contribution.

Arkadiusz Milik – 7.5

The former Napoli man sent a couple of warnings for Skorupski before smashing an unstoppable shot to grab the Bianconeri’s third of the night. The post denied him a deserved brace. Put Vlahovic on goal with a brilliant through ball.

Dusan Vlahovic – 7.5

On the back of a negative period, the former Fiorentina striker was in a dire need for a remarkable performance. Provided the assist for his compatriot Kostic on the first goal, before taking his header past Skorupski for his side’s second. But will be disappointed for missing the chance to double his personal tally.

Juventus Substitutes

Juan Cuadrado – 6

Aside from his unorthodox assist for Milik, the Colombian hardly made himself noticed during his second half cameo before picking up Sandro with a nice cross. Wasted a chance with a wayward shot in added time.

Leandro Paredes – 6

The former PSG man kept the ball ticking in the middle of the park without complicating matters. Could have gotten an assist to his name but Milik’s header crashed against the post.

Mattia De Sciglio – 5.5

The fullback made very little impact during his outing.

Fabio Miretti – 6

The teenager gave Bologna some problems with his dangerous runs towards the box.

Moise Kean – 6

Although a section of Juventus supporters jeered him while entering the pitch, it proved to be a positive and energetic cameo from the young striker.

Bologna (4-2-3-1)

Lukasz Skorupski – 5

The former Roma custodian could have arguably done better on the first two goals, as not much power was behind them. Did well to parry away Milik’s shot in the first half, but the latter returned the favor after the break.

Lorenzo Di Silvestri – 5

A tough night for the veteran fullback who couldn’t close in on Kostic to prevent the first goal.

Joaquin Sosa – 6

A courageous display from the young Uruguayan defender who made some timely tackles. Wasn’t afraid to engage against Vlahovic and Milik.

Kevin Bonifazi – 5.5

The former Udinese man started well, but eventually failed to contain the Old Lady’s attacking duo who ran riot after the break.

Charalampos Lykogiannis – 5

The former Cagliari left-back couldn’t leave his mark while going forward, neither with his crossing nor his shooting.

Jerdy Schouten – 5.5

The Dutch midfielder is usually Bologna’s unsung hero, but couldn’t control the tempo in the middle of the park, with Rabiot pressuring him every time he had the ball at his feet.

Nicolas Dominguez – 5

The tough-tacking midfielder was second best to his Juventus counterparts and offered little for Motta’s side.

Riccardo Orsolini – 4.5

A poor display from the winger against his old employers. Spent half of the match objecting the referee’s decisions, and was wasteful whenever provided with the chance to inflict damage.

Roberto Soriano – 5

The Bologna captain couldn’t link up the midfield with the attack as he usually does. Was easily dispossessed by Bonucci and Bremer. Tried to rescue his team ahead of the second Juventus goal, but had no chance in the air against Vlahovic.

Nicola Sansone – 4.5

Bologna’s other out-of-sort winger. The former Sassuolo man couldn’t find his way around Danilo, and lost the ball that led to the Old Lady’s opener.

Marko Arnautovic – 6

The Austrian striker was isolated for 90 minutes, but his incredible work rate is enough to earn him a favorable grade. Despite his relatively advanced age and his superstar status at Bologna, he was always the first to track back, running his socks off for the club’s cause.

Bologna Substitutes

Gary Medel – 6

The Chilean veteran solidified the Rossoblu’s middle of the park, albeit the cause was already lost at the time of his introduction.

Andrea Cambiaso – 6

The Juventus loanee is originally a left-back but still made a positive impact for Bologna on the right lane. He had his side’s most dangerous chance in the match his shot was deflected out by Alex Sandro.

Emanuele Vignato – 5

The young winger replaced the ineffective Sansone but to no avail.

Michel Aebischer – N/A

Lewis Ferguson – N/A

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