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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 3-2 PORTO (4-4)

The Champions League dream for the 2020/21 season died a hard death today as the club lost (4-4) on aggregate away goals. The club took fans on a ride from low to high, climbing even higher, to freefall on a laughable free-kick goal that sucked all of the energy out of the room. Andrea Pirlo’s first year as the manager of Juventus has been as difficult as many Bianconeri fans expected, but he is far from the only one to blame. The big question remains of how long Cristiano Ronaldo will ride out a rebuild of this proportion. Do Juventus fans care? He has not exactly panned out as the reverent Champions League savior that had propelled him into fame. What legacy will Pirlo’s first season leave in Turin? Am I asking too many abstract questions? Only time will tell.


Don’t even ask about ratings for the substitutes. This loss was exhausting enough getting through the starters.


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 was kept on his toes as he was peppered with shots early and throughout the first half, eventually culminating in the early score for Porto via an overly generous penalty kick granted in the 19’. Tek made a solid save on a shot in the 93’ of extra time to keep Porto from adding an additional score to their tally. The Polish keeper kept the heroics going in the 98’ snagging what appeared to be a staggering header with ease. But any possible hope that Chiesa had given the club died as the entire Juventus wall failed to stop a Diogo Leite free-kick and then to complete the breakdown the ball skidded past Szczesny and into the net. Szczesny contributed five saves, two successful run-outs, one high claim, three saves from inside the box, three accurate long balls, one tackle, one ground duel won, and one aerial duel won.


Juan Cuadrado - 6.5

The Columbian was an inch away from a game-sealing goal that ricocheted off of the crossbar in the 90’+3, unfortunate but impressive given that Cuadrado took the shot off of his left foot. Cuadrado delivered the assist to Chiesa for the second score of the match that appeared to bring the club much closer to going to penalty kicks. Cuadrado contributed one assist, six tackles, sixteen ground duels won, twelve key passes, fifteen accurate crosses, five accurate long balls, three big chances created, one shot off target, six successful dribbles, and one shot that hit the woodwork.


Merih Demiral - 4.5

The Turkish defender continued his habit of playing overly aggressively and putting himself in bad positions to get carded left and right, yet somehow Demiral was not one of the four players to receive a yellow card this evening. But even worse, he was penalized with a penalty kick for Porto that in the end gave the win to the Portuguese club. Demiral contributed two clearances, one interception, one penalty committed, one ground duel won, and four aerial duels won.

Leonardo Bonucci - 5.5

Not quite sure a Champions League elimination match while playing from behind is an ideal situation for any player to return from injury. But it is a situation that the Italian captain sh