What main factor played in last night’s game, factor of losing or factor of Bayern?
Well it could not be the losing one as Juve showed recently against the big gun, so it could only be Bayern. Am I disappointed? Yes I have to admit this, I so wanted Juve to win this one as to give more impotence to the Inter game but it was not to be.
I was working so I cannot comment on the game but from what I have read it took 50 minutes before Juve’s first attempt at scoring, from the reports Bologna had far more attempts at scoring than Juve, no surprise there then when it reads Juve got away with a draw.
This result will give Napoli more fire against Milan a victory would put them back on top of the pile, I know there more games left but all the same we will most probably be chasing first spot once again, but never say never a miracle might happen and Napoli suffer a home defeat, what would give Milan more impotence if Sampdoria beat Inter in Milan (miracle) a win for Milan would catapult them over their cousins Inter.
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As their streak came to an end at 15 consecutive victories, Juventus were left frustrated after being held to a goalless draw at Bologna with Simone Zaza struggling to make an impact. The Italian striker was promoted to the starting line-up by Massimiliano Allegri on Friday night, with Paulo Dybala rested ahead of next week’s clash with Bayern Munich. However, along with the majority of his teammates, he was unable to produce the inspiring bit of play to break the deadlock on a disappointing night for the league leaders.
Goalkeeper and Defence
Gianluigi Buffon – 6.5 A quiet night for the shot-stopper as Bologna were unable to produce any clear-cut opportunities aside from a Mattia Destro chance in the first half.
Stephan Lichtsteiner – 6 An energetic performance from the full-back as he dealt with his defensive duties with minimal fuss while breaking forward at every opportunity.
Andrea Barzagli – 6 A solid performance from the Italian international as he kept Destro quiet for the most part and was alert to any danger posed by the home side.
Leonardo Bonucci – 6.5 Similarly to Barzagli, he produced a commanding performance in the heart of the Juve defence to limit Bologna to few chances. Also assured in possession as the visitors continued to build from the back.
Patrice Evra – 6 Should have done better with a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the early stages of the game, and was kept on his toes by the likes of Luca Rizzo and Anthony Mounier.
Stefano Sturaro – 5.5 A combative effort from the midfielder as he was handed an opportunity to impress by Allegri, but he was unable to combine his hard work with composure on the ball.
Claudio Marchisio – 6 The Italian midfielder continues to play a crucial role for the Bianconeri, as he provided defensive coverage when required but was also able to set the tempo and gain a foothold in the battle in the middle of the pitch.
Roberto Pereyra – 5.5 A difficult night for the Argentine as he struggled with a lack of match fitness having made his first start in some time. However, he will be relieved to return to the pitch and will now hope that he can improve with more playing time.
Paul Pogba – 5.5 From a critical point of view, the Frenchman wasn’t decisive enough in the final third in a game that needed a spark and piece of magic. Nevertheless, he battled hard for his teammates and played an important part in securing a point.
Simone Zaza – 5 After his heroics against Napoli combined with Allegri looking ahead at next week’s encounter with Bayern Munich, Zaza was given a chance to impress from the start on Friday night. However, he had little effect on the game in an overall disappointing performance.
Alvaro Morata – 6.5 A tireless effort from the Spaniard as his movement and direct running down the left flank caused Bologna problems. All that was missing was a goal which would have wrapped up an impressive display.
Juan Cuadrado – 5.5 Constantly tried to make something happen following his introduction at half time, as his dribbling and runs down the right added a different threat for the visitors.
Paulo Dybala – 6 Rested with one eye on Bayern next week, and was unable to get up to the speed of the game to have a decisive impact off the bench even though he looked threatening.