Did everything right for the home side between the sticks, thwarting Juventus time and time again with his acrobatics and command of his area. His world-class save from Vucinic early in the first half was the main highlight of an impressive display, as he was the one person keeping the scoreline down.
Simply could not cope with the Juve machine when the ball was around the box, especially in the first half onslaught. Was guilty of allowing Matri to give him the slip multiple times, though the Juventus striker's profligacy meant that his lapses were not as exposed as often as they should have been.
Like his central defensive partner, he looked shaky whenever Juventus looked to attack, and will probably be grateful to his goalkeeper for being there to clean up his mistakes.
Left Pepe far too much space on the flanks in the first half, and was caught ball-watching on a few occasions as Juventus attacked in waves. Additionally, he lost sight of Lichtsteiner at the far post in the buildup to the opener, which gave the Juventus full back the time he needed to head home.
Made one or two bursts to make the Juventus defense think, but otherwise he was mainly used to man the flanks in his own half. Taken off with a quarter of an hour to go.
With little time or space to make something happen on the wing, his contribution was limited to providing an extra body to defend out wide. Substituted just after the hour mark.
Had an intriguing battle with Vucinic as they tussled more than once, but kept a better watch on the Montenegrin than Peluso did on Pepe down the opposite flank. Booked on the stroke of half-time for complaining after a free kick was awarded to Juventus.
Did not have a productive time of it in the center of the park, giving possession away cheaply far too many times and generally never getting to grips with the game.
- 11 M. Moralez
Was cut to ribbons at times in the first half as Juventus ran rings around the Atalanta midfield. However, he improved after the break and made a steady finish to the game.
Pickings were extremely slim for him up front, with his one half-chance volleyed wide in the first half. Worked hard at chasing down lost causes, but did not have enough quality or support to make anything happen.
The veteran keeper was never really in any danger from Atalanta, and handled his business between the posts with confidence to keep a clean sheet.
P. De Ceglie
Rarely tested defensively so he looked to get forward often, especially in the first half offensive avalanche. Provided a decent outlet on the left but should have done better when he headed Pirlo’s free kick over from a great position.
Produced a couple of spectacular clearances from dead ball situations to snuff out the Atalanta threat in the air, and generally held his own in the center of defense.
Made several timely interceptions, and even though he was caught out of position once or twice, had a solid game.
The full back was very aggressive defensively, hardly allowing the Atalanta wide men time or space to get their bearings. Broke the deadlock with a nifty header after Pirlo’s brilliant pass, but picked up a silly yellow card for complaining.
For most of the game, he executed his role well, cleaning up all the loose ends in midfield. Nearly opened the scoring just before halftime with a howitzer from 30 yards out that cannoned back off the crossbar.
As ever, the veteran midfielder dictated play with his incisive passing, and initiated many a Juventus attack in this fashion. His gorgeous through ball helped finally break Atalanta’s resistance and allow Lichtsteinier to head in the opener.
Subdued outing for the midfielder, who did not contribute much outside of one or two clever passes, and was replaced at halftime.
At times he was his side’s most dangerous outlet in the first half, constantly finding space on the wings while putting a few chances on a plate for his profligate teammates. However, there was to be no direct reward for his endeavor, and he was taken off in the second half.
The Montenegrin was not a constant threat from out wide, but there were moments when his deliveries into the box caused the Atalanta defense a few problems. Withdrawn with four minutes to go.
Left his shooting boots in the locker room, providing a catalog of terrible misses on the night. The Italian should have had a hat trick, but his radar was off as he wasted a slew of Juventus chances.
- 30 M. Storari
Late cameo off the bench.
Another inspired substitution by Conte, Marrone helped put the icing on the cake with a sumptuous pass for Giaccherini to score. Almost had a goal himself, but for the fingertips of Consigli.
- 27 M. Krasić
Made a definitive impact off the bench, combining with fellow substitute Marrone to volley Juventus into an unassailable two-goal lead at the end of a great move.
- 10 A. Del Piero
- 23 M. Borriello