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Juventus player ratings v Chievo: Vidal focused, former Arsenal-linked youngster shines

Massimiliano Allegri's reign as Juventus coach got off to a winning start as the Bianconeri dominated Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona, but needed an own goal to claim a 1-0 victory.

Gianluigi Buffon 6.5/10 - Had nothing to do for nearly the entire game, but came up with a brilliant reaction save to deny Maxi Lopez the equaliser late on.

Martin Caceres 7/10 - Got his head to Tevez’s early corner at the back post to force a Chievo own goal that proved to be the winner. Never found himself too troubled at the back.

Leonardo Bonucci 6/10 - The Italian’s distribution was relatively precise. Gave away several sloppy fouls, however, looking ungainly in the tackle at times.

Angelo Ogbonna 6.5/10 - A solid start to the campaign for Ogbonna, who struggled to assert himself in his first season at Juventus. Won all his aerial battles and completed 93% of his passes, taking 101 touches in total.

Stephan Lichtsteiner 7.5/10 - Unstoppable down the right flank, giving Cristiano Biraghi fits. A constant threat bombing forward, the Swiss international provided some tantalising service that his team-mates couldn’t capitalise on.

Arturo Vidal 7/10 - Didn’t look distracted by the saga surrounding his future in the slightest. Had a goal-bound effort cleared off the line and hit the post as well. Crucial to Juventus’s dominance in covering cast swaths of ground.

Claudio Marchisio 6.5/10 - Facilitated play in midfield, taking the most touches of any Bianconeri player with 113. Opened up space for Vidal and Pogba to get forward and rarely conceded possession. Didn’t provide the type of incisive long balls Andrea Pirlo is known for.

Paul Pogba 7/10 - A force of nature, per usual. Fired several efforts just wide of the mark and didn’t give Chievo a moment’s peace in midfield, defensively or offensively.

Kwadwo Asamoah 6/10 - A solid display from the Ghanaian, though unremarkable. Did enough to show for the time being he should be Allegri’s first-choice left wing-back over Patrice Evra.

Kingsley Coman 7/10 - Creative, energetic and assertive, the 18-year-old shone on his debut - a dynamic forward with superb talent. Juventus will be pleased to have beaten the likes of Arsenal to his signature.

Carlos Tevez 7/10 - Combined wonderfully with Coman and pulled the strings in attack. Denied by the crossbar in the first half but was industrious as ever throughout. Looked well motivated for the new season despite not getting on the scoresheet.


Fernando Llorente (68’) 6.5/10 - Came off the bench and immediately caused problem with his physicality. Had a pair of good chances, but was unable to finish either.

Roberto Pereyra (86’ for) 6/10 - Made his Juventus debut with a late cameo in place of Vidal. Small body of work, but will be happy to have gotten his feet wet with the champions.

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