Following two disastrous 2-0 defeats the pressure was on Juventus to deliver in the "Derby d'Italia." Lose here and they would be eight points adrift of Internazionale FC. Ciro Ferrara chose yet another new formation for La Vecchia Signora, this time a 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond.
The tactical gamble paid off as a high-tempo, pressing game flustered Jose Mourinho's team, leading to an inspired 2-1 victory that breathes live into not only the Bianconeri, but into the whole Serie A season.
Gianluigi Buffon: 6.5
Made a great save early from Walter Samuel, very little to do from then on. Showed great sportsmanship to admit he conceded a corner the officials missed. Not to blame for the Eto'o goal; a queue of unmarked Inter players left him no chance.
Martin Caceres: 7.5
Growing every game, Juve's right back problem is a thing of the past. Assured in defence, and able to push forward to provide width down the right. Provided some good crosses and seems full of the "grinta" Juventus defenders are expected to have.
Fabio Grosso: 6
First game back after injury, playing his former team was never going to be easy. Was pushed back by Zanetti's running so offered less than usual in attack, but the defence looks much more solid with him there over Molinaro.
Giorgio Chiellini: 8
For the first time in a long time, he wasn't Juve's only defender today, but he was still the Old Lady's best. Milito barely had a chance, Eto'o was subdued. The man in the mask is as tough as they come and has shown consistently brilliant form all season.
Fabio Cannavaro: 6.5
Playing the team who cast him out as a spent force five seasons ago always seems to focus the Italy captain, and today was no different. Old and sluggish against Cagliari, this was more like the 2006 vintage, confident, tough, and one-half of a formidable partnership with Chiellini.
Momo Sissoko: 7.5
Seems to be the lungs of the team at the moment. When he plays, Juve run more, work harder, and give opponents no time to play. His long range effort was spilled to Marchisio for the winner, but it was his control of the midfield that gave his side the platform to build the victory.
Felipe Melo: 6
Returned to the lineup, he may or may not have given Juve the lead with a goal that everyone seems to be unable to assign with any conviction. Given a late red card for his swinging elbows, which were dangerous—although Balotelli made the most of it. Better than his last few performances but still way off his best.
Claudio Marchisio: 8
If Sissoko is the lungs of this side, the Turin-born youngster is its beating heart. Adds a different dimension to Ferrara's midfield when available, he has been sorely missed. Plays great at both ends of the pitch, scoring the winner with an amazing piece of skill, then a goal line clearance from Balotelli to save the points. PLAYER OF THE DAY
Finally found some spaces to play in, looked more like €25m of player tonight. His cross set up the opener, and he tormented Inter in the second half. Perhaps this is the formation to best use the Brazilian and see his best?
Alessandro Del Piero: 6.5
Still not fully fit, il Capitano was still able to put in a decent effort, and him playing created more room for Amauri and Diego to benefit from. Drew plenty of fouls, made a number of good touches, but withdrawn early, as he visibly tired in the second half.
Full of running, lots of effort, happy to chase down lost causes, its amazing what knowing there are other strikers available does to a man! Looked like a return to form from a player who has let the team down in recent weeks. A constant threat to Inter, he was much improved tonight.
One of Juve's mos consistent players so far this term, accepted the coaches decision to bench him, came on and was as good as he has been all year.
Only given 10 minutes to shut out Inter. Job done.
No time to have any influence on the game.