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Torino 0-2 Juventus REVIEW: Bianconeri Purge Nightmare Era at the Stadio Olimpico

Arturo Vidal downs Torino

Juventus traveled to the Stadio Olimpico di Torino for the first “away” derby match since the Juventus Stadium was built. The Bianconeri were looking to move 3 points closer to the title, whereas the Toro sought to add a few points to their efforts to remain safe, as well as win the derby for fan pride. The Toro hadn’t beaten Juventus in over 15 years, and the record remained so when Vidal bagged a brilliant goal off the volley in the 85th minute. Local boy Claudio Marchisio sealed the encounter in stoppage time, bagging his 3rd goal against the local rivals.

MATCH ANALYSIS      from Football Italia

Juventus left it very late indeed, but Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio beat Torino in the Derby della Mole. They now require just one point to take the title.

This was the 186th Derby di Torino and both sides had plenty to play for under the pouring rain. Juve could close in on their second consecutive Scudetto, while the Granata wanted to break away from the relegation zone. Antonio Conte stuck with the 3-5-1-1 that allows Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba to play together behind Mirko Vucinic, missing Mauricio Isla, Simone Pepe and Nicolas Anelka.

Toro surprisingly dropped Paulo Vitor Barreto for Riccardo Meggiorini and Rolando Bianchi, while Giuseppe Vives and Mattia Darmian were suspended. Andrea Barzagli marked his 100th appearance for Juventus in all competition. Toro hadn’t scored in their last seven meetings with Juve.

Mirko Vucinic should’ve opened the scoring after 11 minutes when he sprung the offside trap, but pulled his angled drive across the face of goal. Arturo Vidal’s header was over the bar from a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross and a Claudio Marchisio curler was beaten away. Juve started to pour forward, but Vucinic first and then Pogba were denied from close range, as Kamil Glik flew himself at the follow-up for effectively a goalline clearance. Toro finally threatened after 25 minutes with Rolando Bianchi’s header from a corner and Giorgio Chiellini prevented Alessio Cerci’s assist from reaching Riccardo Meggiorini.

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Marchisio had the ball in the net, but play had already been halted for an offside position, then Pogba’s header was into Jean-Francois Gillet’s arms. Gigi Buffon made his first save on 42 minutes, flying to palm a Mario Alberto Santana screamer out from under the bar with one strong hand. There was a row before the corner could be taken, as both Lichtsteiner and Meggiorini were booked.

After the restart Vucinic’s shot was deflected off target by Migjen Basha. Torino were denied a penalty in the final stages, as Cerci flashed a ball across the six-yard box and Jonathas couldn’t get on the end of it because he was being held back by Leonardo Bonucci. Pogba hit the side-netting from point-blank range when he surprised the Toro defence to pop up at the back post.

Juve finally broke the deadlock in the final moments, as Arturo Vidal gathered from 20 metres and smashed a half-volley with his right foot that slotted past Gillet into the near bottom corner of the net. The late goal sparked wild celebrations on the Bianconeri bench.

Torino went down to 10 men, as Kamil Glik – who had already been sent off in the Derby earlier this season – received a second yellow card. Marchisio made the result safe when Andrea Pirlo’s free kick was nodded back into the six-yard box for the midfielder’s volley. Federico Peluso came on for the final minutes and appeared to fracture his nose in an aerial collision.

LE PAGELLE     by Aaron Giambattista

Buffon 6.5 - Torino only managed 3 shots the entire match, 2 of them on target, but Santana’s curling effort was a screamer of a shot. Buffon was equal to it, tipping it over the bar. Other than that, had little to do.


Barzagli 6.5 - Read the game excellently. Bonucci and Chiellini played in stopper-roles, typically marking a man tightly and robbing them of the ball, but Barza was more of a sweeper, breaking up attacking plays and distributing the ball well. A good game.

Bonucci 6 - Very similar game to the Milan one- did everything right, except for one incident. Could’ve very easily been called for a penalty for his shirt-tug on Jonathas late in the game, which would’ve dramatically changed the result. Good performance otherwise.

Chiellini 6.5- Quite often, Keyser Giorgio dominates his area physically, going face-to-face with attackers like Mandzukic of Bayern. There wasn’t a direct opponent playing physical on his flank, so it wasn’t a typical physical performance, but he more than covered his left side of the field.


Lichtsteiner 6 - Did his job down the flank. Was always first into a fight, but Stephan, despite being quite a hothead, somehow knows exactly his limits. He gets into arguments all the time, but never gets a red card. A bit of an off game but largely a positive influence on the flank.

’74 Caceres s.v. -Delightful to see Martin back on the field after his car accident.

Vidal 7.5 - Has entered a period of sensational form, just as he did last spring when he demolished Roma and Napoli. The match winner in the last 3 matches now, he scored a genius golazo in the 85th minute to down the Toro. In absolute top form right now, one of the best midfielders on the planet.

Pirlo 6.0 - A quiet game. Meggiorini and to a lesser extent Gazzi tried to close him down, but as we’ve seen so often this season, opponents who focus on Pirlo only free up Vidal and the other central midfielder to wreak havoc. Sure enough, Pogba and Vidal had great games.

Arturo-Vidal-black-and-whitePogba 7.0 - A truly great performance from the young Frenchman, who continues to impress. How unbelievable is it that not only is someone as young as him playing consistently, but he has a coach willing to alter his entire formation to make sure a 20-year old gets on the pitch! Recovered balls in midfield, moved up the pitch, and does so with physicality and class. An incredible talent.

Asamoah 5.5 - Clearly improving over the last few months but still nowhere the player we saw in the early Fall. I think that Asamoah form is an exception, not a rule, and that he’s ultimately not suited to be a wingback full-time. He can do a job, as he did against Torino, but won’t offer what we really need from a wingback- crossing and width.

’91 Peluso s.v. - Against Milan he got 36 minutes of play, against Torino he managed a tad more and managed to get a smack in the face as a thank you.


Marchisio 6.5 - Conte may be advised to not start Marchisio as an attacking midfielder in the next game, because he’s alternated between great games and poor ones the next week. Fantastic against Lazio, poor vs Milan, and solid vs Torino. His runs into the box caused Torino a lot of issues, and capped a decent evening off with a goal late on. 3rd goal in the last 2 derbies against Torino.


Vucinic 5 - Never managed to make great runs like Marchisio, and never really threatened Torino’s goal. Missed a golden opportunity. Has been in very poor form for some time now.

’74 Quagliarella 6.5 - Did more in 15 minutes than Vucinic did in 75. Moved central and wide, stretching Torino’s defense, and provided a nice cushioned header for Marchisio to hammer in.


Antonio Conte 6 - Torino was very well equipped to battle Juventus, last fall, it took a Glik red card in the middle of the match before Torino ceded supremacy. It’s no surprise, given that Ventura inherited Conte’s Bari and knows his tactics well. Juventus struggled to open up Torino, even possibly conceding a penalty late, but a great bit of play from a great player locked up the derby and the title. 3-5-1-1 is still too defensive for my taste- we have all the possession in the world, and the midfield movement does trouble the opposition, but it puts too much pressure on our midfielders to be cynical in finishing.

Conte and Vidal

ANALYSIS WRAP-UP      by Aaron Giambattista

This was the first derby played at the Stadio Olimpico with separate homes since 2006, when Juventus moved out of the Delle Alpi and into the Stadio Olimpico to built the Juventus Stadium. The Stadio Olimpico di Torino proved to be an exceptional disappointment for Juventus- it saw Juve’s first Serie B campaign, Juve’s false dawn under Claudio Ranieri, and the depressing era under Ferrara, Zaccheroni, and Delneri, where the team couldn’t manage a clean sheet to save its life.

Juventus opened a new stadium under Antonio Conte, winning its first silverware since moving to the cursed ground of the Olimpico. In its first year, the Juventus Stadium showed the rebirth of the club, from a stadium point of view, a financial point of view, and of course, a sporting point of view. Juventus left Torino’s stadium and won an unbeaten title in the opening of our new home.

This derby was very cathartic for Juventus fans who endured those terrible years. With the team on the verge of a second consecutive Scudetto, the boys traveled away to the Stadio Olimpico and purged the bitter memories with a 2-0 victory that nearly seals the title. The Stadio Olimpico is now Torino’s home, and we have defeated them on their turf.

Next weekend, Juventus returns home to our stadium. 1 point will seal our 31st Scudetto on May 5th, of course a famous date for Antonio Conte and all Juventus fans. And the team took that step towards the title by visiting our old depressing stadium and defeating our inferior local rivals.

Bravo Ragazzi!

 


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