2020/21 SUPERCOPPA ITALIANA PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 2 - 0 NAPOLI
What a magnificent bounce back for the Bianconeri following the wet blanket that was the Derby d’Italia. Juventus defeated Napoli 2-0 thanks to two bellissimo goals delivered by Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata to send Aurelio De Laurentiis back to Italian Detroit trophyless. The victory seals the first trophy for manager Andrea Pirlo and gets the club back on a good track as they try to right the ship in the scudetto race. But for now, it is a beautiful evening to celebrate Juventus’ latest hardware addition to the trophy case.
Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.
Wojciech Szczesny - 7
Tek had a massive stop in the 21’ on a dangerous Napoli attack and was assisted by a Chiellini clearance to maintain the scoreless tie. At point blank range from Lozano, Szczesny stood his ground and deflected the header away for a great save in the 28’. Tek had a monumental save goal off of his foot in the 90’+4’ to keep Napoli scoreless in the Supercoppa Italiana. The Poliash keeper is one of the most underrated keepers in Serie A and European football. Szczesny contributed three saves, one successful run out, two saves from inside of the box, and four accurate long balls.
Juan Cuadrado - 7
The Columbian saw game minutes for the first time in days following a recent recovery from COVID-19. Cuadrado showed exactly why his presence was missed so much on the pitch; creating opportunities on the offensive end and cracking down to get a defensive stop on Lozano in the 43’ following an Insigne run out. Cuadrado showed off his prowess and awareness, capping off the match with a last second dish to Alvaro Morata for the victory cigar. It is good to have Juan back in the fold. His presence is necessary for the success of the club this season. Cuadrado contributed one assist, one clearance, three interceptions, two tackles, nine ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two key passes, one accurate cross, six accurate long balls, one big chance created, and five successful dribbles.
Leonardo Bonucci - 6.5
Bonucci had a quiet first half, but delivered a beautifully placed pass to Ronaldo at the 36’ that the striker was unable to create a score out of. Though a limited action by the defender, it is this kind of creativity that is much needed in the Juventus midfield. The Bonucci, Chiellini, and Danilol combo held the Napoli attack scoreless, sealing a clean sheet in a hardware match. Bonucci contributed one clearance, one blocked shot, one interception, one tackle, one ground duel won, nine accurate long balls, and one shot off target.
Giorgio Chiellini - 6.5
Captain Kong took a brutal elbow to the face in the first 17’ of the Supercoppa, but refused to allow the damage suffered to hinder his play on the field. Chiellini combined with Tek to save and clear a dangerous Napoli strike in the 21’. The Chiellini, Bonucci, and Danilo combo kept a clean sheet to help win the club its latest trophy. Chiellini contributed six clearances, one interception, one ground duel won, and two aerial duels won.
Danilo Luiz da Silva - 5.5
The Brazilian defender wins today’s anonymous player of the match. I faintly remember Danilo participating in a handful of plays, but overall the player was less than memorable. Granted that might be due to the