I begin one of two Serie A matches that I am covering today with the Turin Derby that happened on Saturday night at the Allianz Stadium.Torino for a while had held on to their lead through Nkoulou from the 9th minute of the match. But Juventus would not die.Goald from substitute American Weston McKennie in the 77th minute and defender Bonucci with one minute of the 90 remaining turned the derby on its head.
Let me start by saying I do not think prodigy Kulusevski and Dybala can start in the same team. I SAID IT. They are too similar in their direct style. I know Pirlo wants to accomodate both in the same team but what suffers with his 4-4-2 formation is the deliveries into the box for his striker. Kulusevski if played on the right wing will tend to want to cut inside the defender and possibly go for goal himself not delivery a telling cross to lets say Ronaldo. Dybala is a natural number 10 he will feel at home in a 4-3-3. Back to the match now. Nkoulou found himself with the ball at his feet after it somehow bounced off a Juve defender from a corner for a shock lead for the strugglers. I am particularly impressed by their captain and talisman Bellotti who puts in a shift in defending and attacking as well.Being a hotly contested derby that this is I am not surprised at the robust tackling that happened in the match.
Enrico Chiesa’s son Federico was menacing on the left flank. He however met a brick wall in form of Lyanco who had a splendid game. In fact the back 3 of Torino deserves special mention despite going down. Cuadrado thought he had put Juve level with a shot into a crowded box on the edge of the box but Bonucci was adjudged to be offside and obstructing the keepers’s vision. CORRECT DECISION.With 15 minutes to go urgency was now creeping into Juve play.On 77 minutes McKennie struck with an unmarked header after a peach of a cross from Cuadrado who was having a blast in this match.Another delivery from the heavens from Cuadrado allowed Bonucci to score the winner for 2-1. Substitute goalkeeper Pinsoglio was sent off on the touch line without coming into the match for allegedly screaming to the ref”disallow that goal to” in a sarcastic remark to Bonucci’s goal. Talk about sensitive referees.