Had little or nothing to do in the second half but his contribution to the victory was crucial, with the Italy captain denying Ilicic on three separate occasions during the opening 45 minutes. As solid and reliable as ever.
Like his central defensive partner, he looked far more solid in the second period but he was caught out of position several times during the first half. His distribution was poor and also mistimed a couple of tackles.
Terrific game from the full-back. His distribution at times was poor but he was a constant threat down the right-hand side and his pass through for Matri’s goal was sublime.
Switched off a couple of times during the first half but improved as the game went on.
The Italy international has not always looked comfortable at full-back this season but he was one of Juve’s better players on the day. His crossing was not always 100 per cent accurate but he picked out Pepe for the opener with aplomb and was always a willing runner on the left wing.
Not a spectacular or particularly eye-catching display from the Chilean but was quietly effective in the Juve midfield alongside Marchisio and Pirlo.
Combined well with Lichtsteiner on the right-hand side as Juve caused Palermo all sorts of problems during the first half. Took his goal well but faded as an attacking force as the game wore on.
Yet another impressive display at the heart of the Juventus midfield form the peerless Pirlo. Produced some characteristically wondrous passes, twice releasing Vucinic with terrific balls, and was cruelly denied his first goal for the club by the post.
Tremendously industrious effort from Marchisio. Broke up a number of Palermo attacks and his endeavour was rewarded with the killer third goal, the midfielder finishing coolly after being picked out by Vucinic.
Endured a frustrating first half but finished clinically when a chance finally came his way early in the second half. His dummy for Marchisio’s goal was equally impressive.
Squandered a fine chance when picked out by Lichtsteiner during the first half but was unlucky with a fine effort from the edge of the box during the second period. A real menace on the left-hand side but he remains frustratingly inconsistent and profligate.
Was repeatedly left exposed by his central defenders and could not be held accountable for any of the goals he conceded.
Was undoubtedly overworked because of a lack of protection from the midfield but he was pulled out of position too many times.
Showed plenty of fight and did his best to get forward whenever possible but he was completely overwhelmed by Pepe and Lichtsteiner, particularly during the first half.
A shocking performance from the central defender, who lost Pepe for the game’s opening goal. His difficult afternoon was mercifully brought to an end early as he was hauled off 15 minutes into the second half.
Struggled to contain Vucinic and was booked in the closing stages of what was a difficult afternoon for the Palermo full-back.
Made absolutely no impact on the game as Palermo’s midfield struggled dismally to contain their Juventus counterparts.
Looked out of his depth throughout the game and failed miserably to impose himself on the proceedings
Horribly profligate. It could have been a very different game had the Slovenian taken just one of three gilt-edged opportunities which came his way during the first half.
Another Palermo player who simply stood and watched as the game passed him by.
A desperately ineffective performance and, in truth, confirmation that he was actually playing only came when he was substituted during the break.
A trying afternoon for the former Juve forward, who was booed throughout the game. Slashed at the few chances which came his way but he did create two fine openings for Ilicic.
- 30 M. Storari
- 11 P. De Ceglie
Introduced into the action 13 minutes from the end and did not have sufficient time to make his mark.
- 24 E. Giaccherini
- 17 E. Elia
Came on for Vucinic midway through the second half and showed some nice touches and held the ball up well. Will be desperate for more game time but that seems unlikely given Matri’s current form.
A. Del Piero
Received a tremendous ovation when he was thrown on in the closing stages and had a half-chance at the death but his impact was unsurprisingly minimal.
- 99 F. Benussi
- 2 A. Mantovani
- 6 E. Muñoz
- 26 I. Lores
- 20 A. Acquah
F. Della Rocca
Came on for Cetto on the hour but didn’t manage to get himself into the game at all.
Replaced Bertolo at the break as Devis Mangia tried to freshen things up but didn’t really get the chance to show what he can do.