What an absolute dumpster fire of a game. Everything that could go wrong absolutely did and the club is on a two-loss skid against less than the glorious competition. A single away goal by Federico Chiesa salvaged the least it could in a game where everything went awry. Not sure there is much else that needs to be said. Quite possibly the worst Juventus performance since the Fiorentina debacle. The second leg will be played in Turin at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday, March 9th.
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 - 4.5
You either laugh or you cry. The early action by Szczesny and Bentancur to gift the home club an immediate goal was hilarious and flat-out sad. While most of the blame is on the Uruguayan, the other party has to have the awareness to clear it the hell away before the damage is done. Tek decided he was not embarrassed enough with the play from the first half and gave up another immediate goal from the start of play in the second half to put the home squad up 2-0 on Juve. Szczesny contributed three saves, two successful runs out, two saves from inside the box, one error led to a shot, two accurate long balls, three clearances, and one ground duel won.
Danilo Luiz da Silva - 5.5
The defense performed sufficiently for the first half as the initial goal was a blunderous gift from Bentancur, but the first minute of play in the second half was a team effort by the defensive front coordinated to do absolutely nothing and allow the deficit to be doubled. Danilo contributed two clearances, one interception, two tackles, four ground duels won, two aerial duels won, seven accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. Danilo was penalized with a yellow card in the 81’ and will miss the next leg of Champions League play.
Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5
The entire defense remained asleep during the start of the second half and collapsed to allow another early-minute start of half goal by Marega for Porto. De Ligt contributed one blocked shot, one interception, three ground duels won, four aerial duels won, ten accurate long balls, one shot blocked, and one successful dribble. De Ligt was penalized with a yellow card in the 63’.
Giorgio Chiellini - 5
The Italian barely made it through a majority of the first half before calling it quits and requesting a substitution for Merih Demiral in the 35’. Chiellini contributed one clearance, one aerial duel won, and two accurate long balls.
Alex Sandro - 4.5
The Brazilian was granted the captain’s armband when Chiellini was pulled in the 35’ of play. And there is no way you can convince me that he deserves it with the lack of awareness in play combined with the lack of leadership skills on the field. No place was this more evident than midway through the first half when the player watched Ronaldo save possession and begin to move the ball down the left side of the field where the player was standing and, instead of moving out of the way or assisting in the forward progress, remained in place and single-handedly took Ronaldo’s attack down himself. Horrendous. Sandro contributed one clearance, one tackle, two ground duels won, three aerial duels won, one key pass, one accurate cross, and three accurate long balls. Sandro was penalized with a yellow card in the 90’+2.