Player of the Game against Bologna: Weston McKennie
“Grinta” is an Italian word that is constantly used to describe players who give it all on the field. Those who are willing to run after every ball and to fight with the opponent until the last blow of the whistle. Weston McKennie has become that fighting spirit in Juventus' midfield.
Since his arrival from Shalke, the North American has given the “Bianconeri” much-needed physicality and work rate, which was one of the aspects that Pirlo consider very important in his presentation with the team.
Against Bologna, McKennie was everywhere and his work was simply extraordinary in both the defensive and the offensive side. The Texas’s midfielder was crucial for the defensive. He was helping Cuadrado on the right side, who was constantly going forward and back. By not letting Bologna explode that right side on transition, Juventus's defensive stability was very clear throughout many moments of the game.
He also was crucial in maintaining a constant pressure that helped Juventus get the ball back and go on the counter. Offensively McKennie was crucial in creating space with his movement and being a treat inside the area taking into consideration that the “Bianconeri” didn’t play with any number 9.
And even on the counter the North American was always present giving "la Vecchia Signora" another option when transitioning from defense to attack. In some moments Juventus' counters were created by the defensive work of McKennie. He constantly destroyed the “Rosublu's association, which was their most dangerous weapon.
On set pieces, McKennie has become one of Juventus' best players by constantly attacking the ball and creating chances for him and his teammates.
Weston McKennie has become one of the “Bianconeri” most important players and his impact cannot be understated. The twenty-two-year-old midfielder has become a fan favorite not only for his ability but also for the effort he puts in showing “Grinta” in every game from the beginning to the end.