Juventus player ratings v Roma: Vidal on song, Tevez shows his class

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Juventus walked away from the Stadio Olimpico with a favourable result on Monday, securing a 1-1 draw that sees them remain nine points in from of Roma in Serie A with 13 games left to play.

Gianluigi Buffon (6/10) – Had absolutely nothing to do until Kostas Manolas’ header in the 72nd minute forced him into a save low to his left. Was beaten soon after by Seydou Keita’s header, but couldn’t do much about it. Faced only three shots on target in total, with Roma barely getting a whiff of goal until late in the day.

Martin Caceres (6/10) – Reliable per usual, until a crucial moment. Did excellently to help repress Jose Holebas and Adem Ljajic, allowing Stephan Lichtsteiner the luxury to get forward. However, was unable to properly mark Seydou Keita on Roma’s equaliser, outmuscled and beaten to the ball by the Malian.

Leonardo Bonucci (7/10) – Kept the three-man back line pressed up against Roma’s forwards to limit space, was physical with any intruder entering his area. Made sure any danger from balls into the box was cleaned up efficiently. Sprung the counter with his trademark passes from deep several times, completing six of 12 long balls attempted.

Giorgio Chiellini (6/10) – In line with a campaign that has seen plenty of uncharacteristic errors from the Italian, Chiellini played a central role in seeing a potential win slip away. Lunged in on Juan Iturbe to give away the free-kick that led to Roma’s equaliser in a move belying his experience. Was relatively clean otherwise.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (6.5/10) – As would be expected from a former Lazio man, Lichsteiner was a thorn in Roma’s side. Forced Holebas into several awkward positions, but wasn’t able to produce a killer cross that the forwards could take advantage of.

Arturo Vidal (7/10) – Looked closer to his usual self than in other recent performances. Harassed his midfield counterparts and was quick to turn defence into attack when given the opportunity. Nearly opened the scoring himself before bursting forward to force Vasilis Torosidis into picking up his second yellow card – and affording Carlos Tevez the chance to stroke home the opener from a dead ball situation.

Claudio Marchisio (6.5/10) – Got on the ball the most of any Juventus midfielder, in line with his deputising for Andrea Pirlo. Added a hard-running dimension to the role as well, shielding the defence and providing thrust to attacking moves on the counter.

Roberto Pereyra (6.5/10) – Offered direct support to Tevez and Morata, something that is lacking when the Argentine is not on the pitch. Found spaces in behind the Roma full-backs on several occasions when they had pressed up too high, leaving the Roma centre-backs to compensate and defend on the back foot. Not clinical enough in the penalty area.

Patrice Evra (6/10) – Picked his moments well, showing his experience. Never too over eager to get forward, hanging back for the most part to make sure the likes of Gervinho couldn’t use pace to get in behind and cause panic. Was left for dead by Torosidis on one occasion and forced into a bad foul, resulting in a booking.

Carlos Tevez (7/10) – Seized on the ball in trademark style whenever possible, kick-starting the counter attack and often entirely bypassing the Roma midfield. Fired in an early warning shot and a strike that wasn’t far off just before half-time. Confirmed his class with a brilliant free-kick of the Pirlo variety after Torosidis was dismissed, adding insult to injury for Roma.

Alvaro Morata (5.5/10) – Hung on the shoulder of the last man, but never found the perfect moment to spring the offside trap and get involved. Oppressed by the physicality of Kostas Manolas and committed five fouls largely as a result of his frustration.

Substitutes

Kingsley Coman (n/a) – Entered to force Roma to respect the threat of the counter as the Giallorossi searched for a late winner. Took on a whole legion of defenders in his only real involvement of note, eventually closed down by his adversaries.

Simone Padoin (n/a) – Came on in second half stoppages for Lichsteiner and was only on the pitch for around 120 seconds.

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