On Wednesday night, Juventus defeated Torino 4-0 in the Coppa Italia to once again demonstrate their incredible recovery from the early part of the season. While Torino were forced to play with only 10 men for practically the entire second half, they were convincingly defeated by a Bianconeri side that indulged in squad rotation, demonstrating the variety of skill that manager Massimiliano Allegri has at his disposal.
Opting to give Daniele Rugani his first start for the Bianconeri, the young defender touted to be the future of Italy's defence played a mature game at the back. Level-headed and elegant, what most impressed the critics was how well the youngster adapted to the tactics. Well-versed in the art of defending as part of a four-man backline, the ex-Empoli star proved that he could also manage as part of a three-man backline. Required to cover more ground, he remained concentrated and calm as he batted away Torino's attacking threats.