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 should have been prepared to come in and make the difference. The defense did very little to give their number one support throughout the first half as Szczesny was peppered with shots, that fortunately, he was able to stop rather than allow the club to be put in a deeper hole. Bonucci contributed one blocked shot, one tackle, one ground duel, one aerial duel, nine accurate long balls, and one blocked shot. Leonardo Bonucci was substituted for Matthijs De Ligt in the 75’.


Alex Sandro - 5.5

The Brazilian had a huge stop and clearance in the 110’ to save a potential win for Porto when the remainder of the defense had turned into stone. There is not much else positive to say that the Brazilian did for the club today. Sandro contributed one clearance, two interceptions, two ground duels won, four aerial duels won, three key passes, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, and one successful dribble.


Aaron Ramsey - 5

To be frank, Aaron Ramsey had no place staying in the game for as long as he did today. This was just not Ramsey’s game. From the header that was missing that extra force to the multiple plays where Ramsey was easily three or four steps slower than needed. Aaron Ramsey contributed one key pass, one accurate cross, one shot on target, one shot off target, two aerial duels won, one offside called, and two clearances. Aaron Ramsey was substituted out for Weston McKennie in the 75’.

Arthur Melo - 7

Arthur’s return shows just how much Juventus missed him while he was out with injury. The Brazilian is the workhorse that has been missing in the Juventus midfield. Arthur continued to bulldog the against the Porto attack by finding ways to regain possession and keep the ball moving in Juve’s direction. Arthur contributed one key pass, ten accurate long balls, two shots blocked, five ground duels won, and three tackles. Arthur was substituted off for Dejan Kulusevski in the 102’.


Adrien Rabiot - 6

Rabiot wasted a late meaningful possession in the 87’ when he decided to take a deep errant shot wide over the goal instead of attempting to create something for his teammates. Rabiot ended up having a slight redemption scoring the third goal of the match in the 117’, but the club was already behind an additional goal on aggregate. The Frenchman contributed one goal, two key passes, one accurate cross, four accurate long balls, two big chances created, three shots on target, two shots off target, two ground duels won, four aerial duels won, two clearances, one interception, and one tackle.


Federico Chiesa - 7.5

No one player on the field epitomizes the Juventus ‘fino alla fine’ mentality more than the Italian youth that joined the club over the summer. No player has the heart and the passion for the club that Chiesa exhibits, but most importantly, no other plays with the energy that Chiesa plays with on the field. Pure grinta. Chiesa was constantly chasing and creating and was rewarded with an early second-half goal assisted by Ronaldo in the 49’ to get the home club on the scoreboard. The Italian kept fighting after being delivered a beautiful cross from Juan Cuadrado in the 63’ was able to bring the series level 3-3 apiece. Chiesa contributed two goals, one accurate long ball, three shots on target, one shot off target, three successful dribbles, one shot that hit the woodwork, two big chances missed, four ground duels won, three offsides call, and one tackle. Federico Chiesa was substituted off for Federico Bernardeschi in the 102’.

Alvaro Morata - 5

This was a game of missed opportunities for Alvaro Morata. Every chance he got he was just inches away from making a game-changing play. Morata had a huge opportunity created by Cuadrado inside the 3’ on a cross for a header that the Porto keeper just made a miraculous save on. Morata was the unfortunate culprit of multiple missed opportunities including a missed header opportunity in the 78’ and a missed attempt to even hit the ball on a shot in the 82’. Morata was offside on a goal scored off an Arthur pass in the 90’+1 that otherwise would have won the match for the club at that moment. Morata contributed four shots on target, two successful dribbles, two big chances missed, one key pass, three ground duels won, and one offside call.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 4

The Portuguese star failed to show up for the spotlight moment he was purchased for in 2018. In a must-win situation for the sport’s biggest prize, the Champions League, the star faded quicker than Antonio Conte’s hairline. Ronaldo delivered a great semi-assist to Federico Chiesa for the first Juventus score in the opening minutes of the first half in the 49’. Ronaldo tried to play Morata on the header off of a Cuadrado cross in the 78’, but the Spaniard was not expecting it and the play died shortly after. Outside of that the player many call the greatest of all time failed to make his presence felt in any meaningful facet of the match. Argue that Ronaldo is such a target that he gathers the majority of the attention all you want, but having a target on the back of Michael Jordan’s head never stopped him from getting his. Do better. Ronaldo contributed one assist, two shots on target, one shot off target, two shots blocked, one key pass, two accurate long balls, three ground duels own, two aerial duels won, two offsides called, and on an interception.


Substitutions

Matthijs De Ligt (↔️ Leonardo Bonucci) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Weston McKennie (↔️ Aaron Ramsey) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Arthur Melo) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.



Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 4

This one is going to sting for a long time. Federico Chiesa did everything he could to save the club from the pit the club dug themselves into in the first leg, but the Demiral penalty and the pathetic defending on the free-kick attempt left the team where they are now. Out of the Champions League. The difficult first season, in a rebuilding year, with a first-time head coach

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