Jersey Swap: Andrea Favilli
Favilli roasted Ryan Johansson throughout the first half and took advantage of a terrible Sven Ulreich mistake to score a brace and lead his team to victory. It was a solid performance and definitely gives him something to build upon before Cristiano Ronaldo shows up in Turin.
Tip of the Cap: Woo-Yeong Jeong
I thought Jeong had a terrible miss in the second half when he shanked a relatively wide open net after Kwasi Wriedt forced the goalkeeper into a solid save. However, after that play, he found himself in the game. A winger by trade, Jeong occupied a space mostly just ahead of Arjen Robben in a weird formation. I was impressed with a majority of his crosses into the box, and thought he performed well, all things considered.
Golf Clap: Serge Gnabry
I thought Gnabry had a solid outing for the most part. He was dangerous with the ball at his feet, forcing a few decent saves out of Mattia Perin. I’m excited to see what he can do with a full squad on the field with him. If these first two matches are an indication of how the season is going to go, it certainly looks like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are the third and fourth best wingers in the squad.
Standing Ovation: David Alaba
Why am I putting Alaba here? Due to the injury suffered by Javi Martinez in the first half, Alaba was thrust into playing more than a hour in the match, when he was only expecting to play one half. He had to step into a centerback void due to there being no other senior team ones in the squad. It was a difficult spot to run into the match cold, but Alaba did a good job and held the team, albeit a stronger version, together for a solid second half performance.
Meister of the Match: Kingsley Coman
I don’t do a good job of hiding my love for what Coman does on the field. He’s the future of this team, and I expect him to take over that starting role out wide this year. Coman wasn’t wearing his shooting boots in this one, but his ability to get into dangerous positions seemingly at will against Juventus is a good sign of things to come from this year. If Robert Lewandowski is playing at his normal level up top during the season, watch out for Coman to have a truly remarkable breakout year.