Mature Pogba breaks Milan
They all count’, as they say, and if Paul Pogba’s goal that gave Juventus a 2-1 win against Milan at San Siro was slightly fortunate, it was a just reward for his stunning free kick that rattled the post just five minutes earlier.The home side gave the Champions – who at times looked in danger of losing the game – their toughest test in the league for some time, with a raised performance from Mario Balotelli in particular creating several clear cut chances for the Rossoneri.During the first half, the improvement shown by Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side made it seem as though Juventus might struggle to extend their unbeaten record, which has lasted since the Turin derby victory on October 31.
Only a draw with Bologna has tarnished this incredible winning run, and after going behind to a headed goal from Milan defender Alex, the Bianconeri were on the back foot.Without the attacking threat of the injured Paulo Dybala, Juventus were lacking a creative element up front, and so after some recent criticism it was their star midfielder that stepped up to the plate to win the game for the Old Lady.With a passing accuracy of 85%, two key passes, three crosses and three shots – in addition to supplying the match winner – the Frenchman put in a vital shift when his team needed it the most.“Today we did well and proved we are a mature side. It’s a deserved victory,’Pogba told Mediaset Premium. “We all work to defend together.
People talked so much at the start of the season, but we had time to come back.”It was not only a mature performance from his team, but his own display that showed discipline – in stark contrast to last week’s 1-0 win – when the Bianconeri once again sealed a victory despite a less than convincing showing against Empoli.Coach Massimiliano Allegri has not shied away from cutting through the hype surrounding the player, (easy way to see fifa coins) and has made comments to the Press when there has been opportunity to offer constructive criticism.
“There was a moment when Alvaro Morata and Pogba were playing as individuals and at this stage any little error can be costly,’the Coach warned after a narrow victory over Empoli. “We have to play simple and improve in controlling the ball.”Perhaps those words were well received by the 23-year-old, as he even helped the team defensively, making five tackles – more than any other player on the field – and one clearance. The Coach will no doubt be pleased that his player put in such an all-round performance after hearing the previous week’s feedback.With Juventus now nine points ahead of Napoli – pending their result against Hellas Verona on Sunday – the Scudetto is now within touching distance. If Paul Pogba can continue to build on the maturity of tonight’s performance, his team may be crowned champions of Serie A sooner rather than later.