Talking Points: Juve-Torino
On his return to the lineup, Douglas Costa found success early and often for Juve proving to be a formidable force down the wing. The Brazilian expertly opened the scoring early in the first half with a wonderful strike on the opening goal.
His contribution was much more than that, however, as Costa could’ve had two or three assists on another night as well as completing all six of his dribbles attempted. What a match from the Flash!
Massimiliano Allegri’s perfect TIM Cup record of advancing through every round continues as Juve reaches the semi-final for the fourth straight season. What a run it is for the Bianconeri in the Coppa Italia who will now face Atalanta in the semifinals after the upset Napoli at the San Paulo Tuesday night.
On the other side of the bracket, Lazio faces Milan meaning that if Juve advances to the final they would face either the 2016 or 2017 finalist.
Fortress Allianz Stadium
It’s now six matches in a row without allowing a goal at the Allianz Stadium for the Bianconeri after allowing five goals in the previous six matches. This defensive clamp-down was something Massimiliano Allegri called for from his side and they’ve duly delivered. Daniele Rugani was very solid on his return to the lineup while Giorgio Chiellini provided plenty of resolute cover at the back making it a relatively straight-forward night for Szczesny.
Asamoah solid all night
Another player returning to the lineup after a few matches out, Kwadwo Asamoah, had a fantastic game for the Bianconeri dominating the wing opposite to Costa.
Asamoah completed 59 of 66 passes, had the most crosses on the night with six, won eight out of ten duels and had the second-most touches of any Juventus player with 91. The Ghanaian provided even more that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.
One more battle before a break
The marathon run of nine games in 37 days for the Bianconeri will come to an end soon, but the Bianconeri still have one more hurdle to clear. They’ll travel to Sardinia for an always-tricky battle with Cagliari looking to secure three points that will take them into the winter break with a smile. This run starting on 1 December at Napoli has seen the Bianconeri go 7-1-0 finding their best form at an important time.