One could be a bit critical and point the finger at him for parrying Vucinic’s effort into the path of Matri, allowing the substitute to score. Otherwise, he did nothing wrong, and produced one or two fine stops to keep his side in the game till the very end.
For the most part, he was marshalled into submission by the diligent Lichtsteiner, but escaped near the end to tee up Pasquato with a great cross for Lecce’s best chance of the match.
Began the match well, keeping close watch on Quagliarella, but found things more difficult once Matri came on, and struggled to track the striker or communicate effectively with his defensive colleagues.
The Genoa loanee made his presence felt in the air today, getting his head to almost every ball above chest height that Juventus manufactured, while proving to be a menace at the other end of the pitch as he attacked the ball on set-pieces.
Juventus gave away free-kicks regularly, allowing Oddo numerous opportunities to make something happen from the dead ball. One or two deliveries caused problems, but Lecce were ultimately unable to register anything from his set-pieces. Saw yellow for a thumping challenge on Pepe in the first half.
As the match progressed, he found it more and more difficult to deal with Vucinic and keep up with the general flow of Juventus’s offensive movement. Substituted with eight minutes to go.
Apart from spurning the first chance of the match with an unmarked shot from a free kick into Buffon’s arms, Giacomazzi was overrun by the superior Juventus midfield, and found himself chasing shadows for the majority of the contest.
Lasted barely five minutes on the pitch before hobbling off with an injury.
Started the match on form, with his fearlessness and incisive running ensuring that the Juventus backline could not rest easy. The Colombian was involved in most of the hosts' good work in the opening half but did not influence proceedings quite as much after the interval, and was booked for scything down Pepe near the touchline on an attempted break.
Did not find much space to operate for most of the game and, when he did, he took too long to make up his mind, which led to openings going up in smoke. Went close with a goal-bound effort that was stopped by the legs of Bonucci.
D. Di Michele
Looked lively throughout the game with a willingness to run at the Juventus defence, and was able to skip past his marker with ease on more than one occasion. Tested Buffon with a drive from distance at the end of the first half but apart from that effort, his end product was deplorable, with two promising Lecce attacks halted by his erratic shooting at the end of the move. Taken off in the second half.
Did his part in ensuring the victory, with two quality saves from Giacomazzi and Di Michele a particular highlight. The veteran keeper will be pleased with his performance and his clean sheet.
Not the most convincing of outings from the Italy international, who caused a few hairs to stand on end with his failure to track the elusive Cuadrado in the first-half, added to his seeming willingness to concede cheap free kicks in his own half, one of which led to a booking in the 64th minute.
Was beaten a bit too easily by Di Michele whenever the two squared up on the pitch, but made up for it with a few last-ditch headers on a few of Lecce’s numerous set piece opportunities.
A relatively quiet game for the centre back this afternoon, but he did have to be alert to make a crucial block on Muriel’s goalbound strike, especially with Buffon struggling to recover.
Solid and dependable down the right flank, the full-back made sure that Mesbah was not given any space to operate, and stuck to his task for the full 90 minutes. Went forward on occasion, including one overlapping run that led to shouts for a penalty after he was felled on the byline.
Kept things organised in midfield, and worked well in tandem with Pirlo and Marchisio to subdue Lecce. Chose to get involved in a spot of handbags with Olivera, for which both players were duly booked.
Bossed the midfield today, showing off his impressive range of passing to set numerous Juventus attacks in motion. Was simply a cut above his Lecce counterparts in the centre of the park.
Hit or miss would be the kind way to describe his distribution today, though he did force two Lecce players into the book after his bursting runs from midfield left them with no choice but to hack him down.
A terrier on both ends of the ball, the Italian never stopped running and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet after seeing his shot saved by Benassi after a great overlapping run onto Pirlo’s through ball.
His afternoon lasted only 23 minutes as he failed to make a case for a place in the plans of Antonio Conte. Ballooned one shot high and wide before picking up what appeared to be a facial injury which he could not play through.
Did not have much joy cutting in from out wide to start, but played with more confidence after the first goal, which came about after his shot was not gathered cleanly by Benassi. Played a few delightful crosses from the flanks and went close again in the second half, with his rasping drive flashing inches wide of the far post.
- 27 Júlio Sérgio
- 13 S. Ferrario
- 28 D. Brivio
- 91 A. Bertolacci
Early substitute for the injured Strasser, but his most notable moment was a silly altercation with Vidal that saw both players booked. Had one embarrassing moment when he headed out for a throw-in from a great position at the edge of the six-yard area.
Given an eight minute cameo but failed to make anything happen.
Came on in the 73rd minute and fired a great chance at an equaliser for Lecce inches wide of the far post late on.
- 30 M. Storari
P. De Ceglie
Given a brief run out
- 27 M. Krasić
- 24 E. Giaccherini
A late cameo.
- 10 A. Del Piero
Came on for the injured Quagliarella 23 minutes in and made an instant impact. First firing straight into Benassi’s arms from a gilt-edged position inside the area, before nodding home the rebound from Benassi’s save on Vucinic to give the visitors first blood in the 27th minute.