Adrien Rabiot is having arguably the best season of his career and his brace was enough to give Juventus a 3-2 victory against Sampdoria on Serie A Matchday 26.
The 27-year-old found the back of the net in each half to take his seasonal tally to nine goals in 31 competitive games in 2022/23 with seven of them coming in the league. It seems that the France international is going to leave as a free agent at the end of the campaign and he is saving the best for last.
Never before has he scored this many goals for Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, and adding this scoring prowess to his game will benefit whichever club has him next season.
Juventus can thank Rabiot for the victory
Gleison Bremer and Rabiot put Juventus 2-0 up with headers, but Tommaso Augello and Filip Djuricic scored twice in a matter of minutes to level the scores for the Blucerchiati.
The Frenchman made it 3-2 in the second half, but Dusan Vlahovic hit the post with a penalty, which could have add more gloss to the win. Substitute Matias Soule added the fourth goal but it was not an easy win to obtain.
Rabiot’s second strike seemed to cause some controversy as the ball made contact with his left arm but the goal stood despite a VAR review. He also provided a delightful lobbed pass for Vlahovic but Sampdoria‘s 19-year-old goalkeeper Martin Turk, debuting for Samp since joining on loan from Parma, denied the Serbian.
Juventus are seventh in Serie A albeit with a 15-point penalty but the win might not have been possible without the touch of the Frenchman.
Sampdoria show some fight against Juventus
It has been a nightmare season for Sampdoria, and despite their goalkeeper and captain Emil Audero being unavailable, the Blucerchiati demonstrated the fighting spirit that had been lacking in many of their performances throughout 2022/23.
Juventus were able to score twice in the first half with consummate ease and the Blucerchiati looked like they were going to be annihilated, but Il Doria were able to rapidly turn the game around with goals from Augello and Djuricic.
A debatable goal from Rabiot allowed the Bianconeri to regain the lead but Sampdoria showed that they are no walkover despite their struggles on and off the pitch.