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This match was not nearly as ornery as the Derby della Mole has been historically. This is only the second time the fixture has been played since 2008-09, and only the sixth time since Torino's first relegation this century after the 2002-03 season.
Before then, it had been played every season since Torino returned to Serie A in 1990-01, and before their '89-90 season in Serie B had been played yearly for 20 seasons.
Even though it's been hard fought on the field this year, it's obvious that the absence of the fixture as a regular on the calendar has sapped some of the animosity from the field, if not from the fans. Hopefully if Torino can stay up a few years, one of Italy's best rivalries can find its edge again.
I'm still not sure what purpose Antonio Conte's change from the 3-5-2 to the 3-5-1-1 serves. There are three possibilities in my eyes: 1) Conte is trying to get Paul Pogba a more regular place in the starting XI; 2) he's trying to compensate for the lack of striking quality currently on his roster; or 3) he's using the leeway of his huge lead in the standings to experiment with possible formations that will take advantage of the incoming Fernando Llorente, who is better working as a central striker than as one of a pair.
If the answer to the above question is Option 1, it's probably not that bad a thing. Until Vidal's goal, Pogba looked Juve's most dangerous man when he got the ball in the attacking third.
He missed an absolute howler on Asamoah's cross late on and scuffed a long-range half-volley in the 63rd minute that could have been another of his trademark long-distance strikes, but he was sending the ball towards the goal, which is more than could be said of Mirko Vucinic.
A last comment on the 3-5-1-1: Marchisio looked good in this match in the hole behind Vucinic, but he's not a natural trequartista and is at his most dangerous when he's running the channels along with Vidal. In important games, that's where he should be.
Vucinic looked sluggish. He's been playing as Juve's main striker ever since the debacle in the first leg of the Champions League quarters in Munich, and it may be time to give him a rest. He wasn't sharp at all on the ball and made very little impact aside from a goal that was called back for a clear offside in the 36th minute.
Asamoah's performance was an improvement on many of his post-AFCON performances. His cross to Pogba was a thing of beauty, and as Juve's attack shifted his way in the second half (they were running almost exclusively towards Lichtsteiner until he was withdrawn), he caused some problems in Torino's defense. He should be run out regularly during Juve's victory lap to really get him back into the swing of things.
Torino came into the day seven points clear of the drop zone, but upset wins by Palermo and Genoa pulled both clubs within four of i granata. With Genoa facing Pescara next week and Torino facing the daunting challenge of AC Milan at the San Siro, things could get hairy for them in the last three weeks of the season.
What had for the most part been a dull relegation fight this season is suddenly turning into a four-team fight to avoid the 18th and 19th positions