Alex Sandro nets 7/10 for Juventus after Gonzalo Higuain injury

Alex Sandro nets 7/10 for Juventus after Gonzalo Higuain injury
From ESPN - February 18, 2018

Alex Sandro scored the only goal of the game in the Derby della Mole as Juventus defeated Torino 1-0 to earn all three points.

While Torino started well, looking to profit from any Juve mistakes, they soon faded. Juventus lost Gonzalo Higuain to injury early in the game and were forced to play without a reference point but soon took control of the game. Their character and ability to control when not pressed and harried allowed them to take the advantage.

Predictable, slow and void of intensity, Torino looked for crumbs and only really elevated their level of the game at the end but pitted against the Old Lady's winning demeanour, they lost another derby.


Sandro interpreted his new role very well and proved to be one of the best players on the pitch. His performance offers Allegri another solution should the squad suffer more injuries going forward.


The injuries are worrying as Juventus cannot afford to lose Higuain for long considering Paulo Dybala is only just coming back from injury while Federico Bernardeschi may well be out for a while. Considering his good performances today and in recent weeks, his absence will be keenly felt should he miss extended time.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Forced to deal with several injuries, Massimiliano Allegri had to reshuffle the pack when he lost even more players during the game yet his side continue to win, relying on their experience, strength in character and tactical understanding to exert control and collect points.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK, Wojciech Szczesny 6 -- Called upon only twice in which he responded with care and concentration, otherwise allowed to relax.

DF Mattia De Sciglio, 6 -- Prioritised his defensive work and worked hard to ensure safety at the back. Not much of a presence going forward but rather accurate with his distribution of the ball and with his tackles.

DF Daniele Rugani, 6 -- Again, question marks surrounding the player's ability to play with composure but made some important clearances and halted Andrea Belotti.


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