PLAYER RATINGS: GENOA 1-3 VS JUVENTUS.

The Bianconeri had hoped to build on its success as they resumed league play in Italy following a dominant performance in the Champions League group play against Barcelona on Tuesday. A first half appeared to show a regression to the mean as Juventus struggled to capitalize in a period where they controlled the time of possession. The nine-time defending champions turned it around in the second half though thanks to a Paulo Dybala score combined with some well-timed Ronaldo penalties. The victory keeps the club in the scudetto hunt with 23 points, but will need help from other Serie A clubs to stall a surging AC Milan.


Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.


Starters


Wojciech Szczesny - 5

Tek did not really have much to do in this game as almost all of the first half and a majority of the second the ball remained in Juventus’ possession. Though, the first (of only three total for Genoa) shot was taken by Stefano Staturo and scored without much of an impediment from the Polish keeper. Szczesny accounted for one save and three accurate long balls.


Matthijs De Ligt - 6

One of the anomalies of the season was the play of defensive stalwart Matthijs De Ligt. The Dutch defender was not overtly bad, but the defense showed a chink in the armor during the defensive lapse that allowed for the score by Stefano Sturaro where none of the three could close out. Though chief scapegoat for the score remains Alex Sandro, who was directly responsible for not closing out and clearing on the goalscorer. De Ligt accounted for two clearances, three interceptions, one tackle, three ground duels won, and three accurate long balls. De Ligt was substituted off for Radu Dragusin at the 90’.

Leonardo Bonucci - 6.5

One deflating score in a game can skew the overview on the performance from one position group. And while I write this I observe that the equalizer minutes after Dybala’s goal to open up scoring might have just been that moment. The defense as a whole performed respectfully enough, but the breakdown by all three players in allowing Pellegrini’s cross to reach Sturaro for the tying goal was deflating. As a whole the performance by the defense on that play was compounded by McKennie and Bentancur’s inability to stop the cross before it arrived in the area of the box. Bonucci assisted in arguing with the official in the most Bonucci way possible. Leo Bonucci accounted for one clearance, four interceptions, one tackle, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, eight accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble.


Alex Sandro - 6

Alex Sandro’s performance was a bit of a debate. On one hand his stat sheet reflects respectable enough. On the other he was responsible for the two of the biggest blunders in the game. Minutes after the Paulo Dybala score to take the lead midway through the second half, the Brazilian allowed an egregious error to lead to an equalizer from Stefano Staturo created by Juventus loanee Luca Pellegrini. Sandro added to the misfortune by wasting a possession with an advantage in position by the Juventus side, attempting a shot way off target and above the goal with multiple other Juve attackers in the area in the 85’. Overall Alex Sandro contributed two interceptions, one tackle, two ground duels won, five aerial duels won, one key pass, one accurate cross, five accurate long balls, and one shot off target.


Juan Cuadrado - 7

This was the first game in three matches where the Colombian failed to tally an assist, but Cuadrado remains one of the strongest contributors to the Bianconeri on both sides of the ball. The penalty the winger won against Nicolo Rovella allowed for Cristiano Ronaldo to capitalize and retake the lead for good. Juan Cuadrado accounted for two key passes, three accurate crosses, two accurate long balls, one shot on target, one penalty won, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two interceptions, and five tackles. Cuadrado deserves to finish out his career until retirement in Turin.

Weston McKennie - 7

Hoping to make it three matches in a row with a score, McKennie started the attack with an early shot skidding just wide of the goal in a first half that saw the American take three shots, with one on target. Weston McKennie was booked for a yellow card at the 77’ for a small skirmish involved during the lineup prior to the first Ronaldo penalty. McKennie made possible the goal by Paulo Dybala to open up scoring at the 57’. McKennie accounted for one assist, three key passes, two accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, two shots off target, three ground duels won, four aerial duels won, one interception, and two tackles.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 6.5

The Uruguayan midfielder had a serviceable game against Genoa especially on the defensive end if you discount the inability to stop the cross from Luca Pellegrini for the loan Genoa score. Bentancur accounted for eight accurate long balls, one shot off target, one successful dribble, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, five interceptions, and two tackles. Rodrigo Bentancur was booked with a yellow card at the 83’.


Adrien Rabiot - 5.5

Refusing to be called forgettable this match, Adrien Rabiot started out with a bang by knocking the ball in at the 2’, but did so by using the one part of his body that is illegal in the process. Rabiot was subsequently booked with a yellow for handball and the goal was disallowed. Rabiot accounted for two accurate crosses, three ground duels won, four interceptions, and three tackles. Adrien Rabiot was substituted out for Alvaro Morata at the 67’.


Federico Chiesa - 6

The Italian national is one of the players I give the highest praise for his high level of activity and intensity. The only problem is that hustle and effort has to be combined with purpose and plenty of moments the winger will drive down the field attempting to create a cross into the box with no other Juve players in the area or to have a defender directly on him with very little difficulty in clearing his attempt. Chiesa’s awareness needs to get better. Chiesa had an unfortunate goal called offside at the 59’ when the Italian was out of position by a fraction. Chiesa accounted for three key passes, one accurate cross, one big chance created, two successful dribbles, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one blocked shot, and one tackle. Chiesa was substituted off for Federico Bernardeschi at the 84’.

Paulo Dybala - 7

Dybala started out as one of the better players of a lackluster first half delivering a team-high three key passes, but eventually completed a step toward his Juventus redemption by taking Perin on and delivering a sliding ball to the back of the net at the 57’. Dybala had an additional potential goal at the 66’ called off during what can only be described as a mess that left Ronaldo, Dybala, and McKennie questioning who exactly was called for the discrepancy. Dybala had one of the better matches of his maligned season accounting for one goal, two shots on target, three successful dribbles, four key passes, four accurate crosses, two accurate long balls, five ground duels won, one interception, and one offside call. Dybala was substituted off for Dejan Kulusevski at the 83’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 6.5

In his 100th appearance in a Bianconeri shirt, the Portugese player scored the match-sealing goal on a penalty afforded following the takedown of Juan Cuadrado by Nicolo Rovella in the 77’. Ronaldo scored an additional goal following a penalty drawn by Alvaro Morata from Genoa-loaned and Juventus-owned goalkeeper Mattia Perin in the 88’. The two penalties won the match and the points for Juventus, but his on field play was less than most have come to expect from one of the best to play the game. Unfair as it may be. Ronaldo accounted for two goals, five shots on target, one shot off target, two shots blocked, three accurate long balls, two ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and two offsides calls.

Substitutions


Adrien Rabiot (↔️ Alvaro Morata) - N/A

Not enough information for rating


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Paulo Dybala (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski) - N/A

Not enough information for rating


Radu Dragusin (↔️ Matthijs De Ligt) - N/A

Not enough information for rating


Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6

The second half was much better than the first and Juventus cannot afford to come close to losing any of these bottom of the table matches. Pirlo is still experimenting with players and plugging them into his system to see what formations work best. As long as it does not result in points being dropped, I am content with it.


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