PLAYER OF THE GAME: DEMIRAL "IL GLADIATORE"
A game between Juventus and Inter demands everything from the player on the pitch. Concentration, intensity, and hunger are qualities a Juventus player must have to perform at the highest level and all of these can describe Merih Demiral's performance today. The young center back was the best player on the field and his performance was crucial to maintain the clean sheet for the “Bianconeri”.
The Turkish international was dominant in every aspect of defense. His position was perfect, being able to help and support his teammates. In one-on-one situations, the twenty-two-year-old defender was impenetrable winning his duels against any attacker that he faced.
Moreover, Demiral was very present and constantly winning duels in the air. All this during a game in which Inter constantly crosses the ball.
But the most impressive part of the Juventus defender’s performance was the way he blocked shots. With good positioning and fast reaction, Demiral was able to block or deflect many shots that would otherwise have been dangerous for Juventus.
Everyone knew that this game was going to be a very important test for the “la Vecchia Signora” and the defense needed to be great. The Turkish central defender was crucial in this sense. Every Juventus fan dreams of a team that fights and shows “grinta” and Demiral fought until the end.