Juventus defeat Empoli 1-0 - Player ratings

Juventus' 1-0 win over Empoli demonstrated the exact reason why they are the undisputed success story of Serie A. They may not always be beautiful and they may not necessarily be better than the opponent they face but they have the experience and the players required to play a practical game, grinding out wins even when they don't merit maximum points.

Empoli were excellent. Terrifying on the counterattack, they were risky yet ambitious as they pushed Juventus and controlled the ball effectively. However, the Old Lady only required one moment of brilliance to turn the game.

Mario Mandzukic hadn't managed a goal for Juve in 2016 but Marco Giampaolo's side were vulnerable to his strengths; for all their mesmeric passing ability, Empoli are fragile against forwards who offer an aerial presence. 

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