Federico Chiesa gave one of the best performances in recent memory in Juventus’ 3-2 away win over Spezia in Serie A last night.
This came after a summer of rumours linking him to Liverpool.
In fact, reliable journalist Florian Plettenberg even claimed that the Reds had a bid rejected for the winger, believed to be in the region of £85m.
While Jurgen Klopp clearly wanted the player badly, Juve held firm. They had no intention of selling what is probably their best player.
And the Old Lady fans can be grateful for this fact, as who knows where they would be without him.
With the Italian only making two substitute appearances before last night due to fitness issues, Juve have been struggling. Even after the win over Spezia, they only sit in 13th.
It was their first league victory of the season and they were lucky to pick up the three points.
In fact, if it wasn’t for Chiesa, they likely wouldn’t have.
Chiesa the driving force in comeback win
Despite taking the lead through Moise Kean, Juventus found themselves 2-1 down after 49 minutes. It looked as if they were heading for yet another disastrous result.
That was until Chiesa stepped up.
He pressed a Spezia player out by the corner flag, won the ball after a battle and drove into the box. He fed Alvaro Morata, who held it up, before the ball broke to Chiesa again and he hammered it home after a beautiful nutmeg on the defender.
It was the desire and aggression in the lead-up that was as impressive as the finish. It was inspirational, to say the least, and his side responded by winning the game five minutes later through a Mattijs de Ligt volley.
Max Allegri’s side held on for the win, and there was no doubting Fede Chiesa’s influence.
Aside from his goal, he completed more dribbles, created more chances and won more duels than anyone on the pitch.
Five of his seven dribbles were successful. It just shows how determined he was to cause problems, as he was constantly looking to drive at the defence.
It wasn’t headless running either, as he also had a final ball. He made a huge eight key passes in his 84 minutes.
Yet his attitude was summed up best with his off-the-ball work rate. He won a huge 12 duels and won four of his six attempted tackles.
It was Steven Gerrard-like the way that he inspired his side to a huge comeback win.
He is going right to the top because he has the quality and the mentality to match.
It is easy to see why Liverpool wanted him. Hopefully, they will continue their pursuit next summer.