Juventus and Sassuolo will meet for the sixth time at Allianz Stadium this Sunday. Here are the players that have left their mark in the previous five matches, in which the Bianconeri have always prevailed.
In the 2014-15 match, Marco Storari is the man between the sticks, coming away with a crucial clean sheet on the night by keeping a certain Simone Zaza at bay. The striker would swap Sassuolo for Juventus the following season.
The last Juve-Sassuolo was Pol Lirola’s first time back at Allianz Stadium since departing the Bianconeri for the Neroverdi in 2016. The Spaniard made his debut in Serie A with Sassuolo to build upon his fruitful experience with Juventus’ Primavera.
Of the 16 goals scored at home against Sassuolo, Federico Peluso remains the only Italian to have claimed one of them, deflecting a free-kick from Carlos Tevez into the back of the net.
That came in the teams’ very first meeting in December 2013 – a 4-0 victory for the Bianconeri. From the following season, Peluso would exchange the black and white for the black and green of Sassuolo.
A Bianconero to the core, Luca Marrone spent the 2013/14 season on loan with Sassuolo and played against Juventus in that 4-0 defeat for the Neroverdi. Marrone would return to Turin the following campaign.
With nine minutes on the clock, Alex Sandro picked up the pieces following a melee in the penalty area to hammer home and hand Juve the lead in their last win over Sassuolo. It set the tone for what would be an unforgettable 7-0 triumph over the Neroverdi.
With the scores goalless up until the 82ndminute, it would take something special to separate the sides in the toughest home match against Sassuolo so far.
With the ball bouncing around the edge of area, up stepped Paul Pogba, who with his right foot, arrowed a rocket of a shot into the bottom corner to claim a hard-fought victory.
Two games, two goals. That is Miralem Pjanic’s record to date against Sassuolo at the Stadium. His first strike against the Neroverdi saw him sweep home on the rebound after his initial shot hit the crossbar. His second was vintage Pjanic, firing into the corner with power and precision from outside the area.
Two goals in just three minutes. Sami Khedira’s quickfire brace sent the Bianconeri well on their way to the 7-0 win last time out against Sassuolo. The German's second strike was especially breathtaking, as he latched onto Pjanic’s pinpoint pass, surging into open space behind the Neroverdi defence before sending a purposeful, low drive into the bottom corner.
You’d be hard-pressed to see a sweeter strike of a football at Allianz Stadium. Paulo Dybala’s decisive goal in 2015-16 was simply a joy to behold.
A hat-trick in the first Juve-Sassuolo at the Stadium, Carlos Tevez unquestionably stole the show with a typically ruthless performance in front of goal. Constantly racing into positions from which he kept punishing the Serie A newcomers, this was Tevez at his tenacious best.
Another Argentine to have left his indelible mark in past Juve-Sassuolo encounters: Gonzalo Higuain netted his first of many braces for the Bianconeri in the 3-1 win of September 2016.
Then in February 2018, Pipita made the match ball his by hitting a glorious second-half hat-trick. His five goals against the Neroverdi make him Juve’s top scorer against this Sunday’s opponents.