Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic is the best of Serie A’s rest behind only Lautaro Martinez

Dusan Vlahovic scored twice and assisted for Daniele Rugani as Juventus went on to defeat Frosinone on Serie A Matchday 26 but the Canarini came so close to leaving Turin with a point.

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When all seemed lost, Juventus managed to scrape through a victory, defeating Frosinone 3-2 on Serie A Matchday 26 at the Allianz Stadium.

A brace from Dusan Vlahovic did not seem to be enough for the Bianconeri as Walid Cheddira and Marco Brescianini found the back of the net for the Canarini. However, Daniele Rugani popped out of nowhere to put the ball into the net at the back post deep into stoppage time.

Although were pressing in the second half, Frosinone can feel hardly done by as they were dangerous in the first half with their rapid attacks, and were defending well for most of the match.

Rugani saves Juventus at the end

For the vast majority of his career at Juventus, Rugani has been a player who would often be on the bench and deputise for absent players when necessary. Despite this, the 29-year-old has been a player who contribute with the odd goal from a set-piece.

The former Empoli defender started at the back due to the absences of Danilo and Alex Sandro, and his positioning on the goals could have been better. He was effective on the ball though, completing 85 out of 91 passes with 93% accuracy, and he scored the decisive goal, receiving the ball from Vlahovic and putting the ball in between the legs of Michele Cerofolini in the Frosinone goal.

Rugani now has 11 goals from 143 competitive matches, which is an impressive record for a defender that rarely starts games.

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic opens the scoring against Frosinone. (@juventusfc)

Vlahovic is the best of the rest in Serie A after Lautaro from Inter

Undoubtedly, Inter captain Lautaro Martinez has been the best striker in Serie A for 2023/24. With 20 goals scored before Matchday 26, he is head and shoulders ahead of the rest. At the moment, the only attacker that comes close to him is Dusan Vlahovic from Juventus.

The Serbia Men’s National Team striker scored twice in the first half to keep the Bianconeri in the game, and he had a few opportunities after the break to give his team the lead as well as complete his hat-trick. Although he did not score a third, he turned provider, supplying the assist for Rugani to score the winner.

Vlahovic now has 15 goals for the season, and despite being five behind Lautaro, he looks like the only player capable of gaining any ground on the Argentine.

Juventus players celebrate with Daniele Rugani after scoring against Frosinone. (@juventusfc)

Frosinone came so close to earning a surprise result

All Frosinone needed to hold on for a minute or two, and they could have left Turin with a point, but Juventus exposed a gap in the Canarini defence and won the match. Prior to that moment, it was the Ciociari exposing a makeshift Bianconeri defence.

For the first goal, Nadir Zortea was able to get around the Juve backline to supply a cross for Cheddira, and Brescianini was still able to give Frosinone the lead despite two defenders closing him down. With their pace and slick ball movement, the club from Lazio were able to unsettle La Vecchia Signora at times as well as find gaps in what is usually a tight defence.

Considering that they have a young team, it was clear that experience and naivety played a part in the Canarini conceding late. Although Eusebio Di Francesco encourages his team to be proactive, his squad needed to ensure that they defended the corner better, and thwart any potential threat.

This could be classified as a gallant defeat, but greater concentration at the end would have allowed them to return to Frosinone with at least a point.

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