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Gonzalo Higuain's demotion against Torino could be a concern for Juventus

Gonzalo Higuain was dropped for Juventus' win over Torino.

Another lights-out performance from Paulo Dybala -- and an equally impressive turn from Miralem Pjanic -- meant that Gonzalo Higuain's demotion to the bench in Juventus' 4-0 derby win over Torino was somewhat overshadowed. Juve played well, though the game was largely downhill for them after Daniele Baselli's red card halfway through the first half.

Allegri said it was "normal" to rest a star (even a $100 million star like Higuain) when he wasn't in tip-top shape and there were plenty of fixtures coming up. It was a remarkably grown-up thing to say and spoke volumes about how secure he feels in his post (and given what he's done for the club, rightly so). It could also have backfired badly.

Now, the ball is in Higuain's court. He's not his usual self right now and a game off won't hurt him. If anything, from Juve's perspective, better that Higuain hits his lows now than later in the campaign when the stakes are higher.

Click here to read more of Marcotti's thoughts on what occurred in European football over the previous week.

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