CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYER RATINGS: PORTO 2-1 JUVENTUS

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.


Starters


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.


Federico Chiesa - 6

He had far from a great game, but thank the football gods for Chiesa’s away goal scored in the 82’ to salvage something for the club to try to make up in the home leg. Chiesa contributed one goal, three accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, two shots on target, one shot blocked, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and two tackles.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 4.5

An absolute piss poor excuse of a starting two minutes to the match saw the Uruguayan lack any sort of awareness to the Porto attack with passes between the midfielder and the goalkeeper was easily knocked in by Porto’s Taremi. Bentancur compounded this with a blunder of a pass attempt in the 20’ of Juventus’ earliest possible goal attempt to Weston McKennie that was guided directly into the keeper's hands. Bentancur improved later into the match with some positive play, but the damage had already been done. Bentancur contributed three key passes, three accurate crosses, three accurate long balls, one shot off target, two successful dribbles, five ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two clearances, three interceptions, two tackles, and one huge error that led to a goal.

Adrien Rabiot - 6.5

The Frenchman almost had the goal of his career with a Ronaldo-Esque bicycle kick shot on goal that was unfortunately saved by Marchesin in the 42’. But as of late either Rabiot is playing better or the rest of the team is falling to his level of play, the Frenchman statistically rated out as one of the better players of the match. That is not saying much. Rabiot set up the assist to Federico Chiesa for the only score of the match that at least saved an away goal for the club. Rabiot contributed one assist, three key passes, one accurate cross, five accurate long balls, four ground duels won, two aerial duels won, one clearance, three interceptions, and two tackles.


Weston McKennie - 5

The American was par for the course for the club today and contributed very little of coincidence. McKennie contributed one key pass, two accurate long balls, two ground duels won, and two tackles. Weston McKennie was substituted off for Alvaro Morata in the 63’.


Dejan Kulusevski - 5.5

I fail to understand the decision to start the Swede over Alvaro Morata, who has had the most success for the club so far this season in Champions League play. Kulusevski continues to struggle in the striker role aside from Ronaldo and does very little as of late to assist in creating for the attack. Kulusevski contributed one successful dribble, one accurate long ball, three ground duels won, and one blocked shot. Kulusevski was substituted off for Aaron Ramsey in the 77’.

Cristiano Ronaldo - 6

Ronaldo spent the majority of the match in a state of desperation as his Juventus teammates failed to make any progress in moving the ball into the final third of the field, let alone attempt to create for one of the most prolific scorers in the sport’s history. I watched what might be described as the most hilarious sequence of events in the 61’. Ronaldo stole the ball back to save possession from the Porto defense, attempted to move the ball forward, and Alex Sandro who watching the entire time decided to just stand in place in the way of Ronaldo’s forward progress to sabotage the attack. That is the Juventus team attack in summation. Then to end things the final attack by Ronaldo felt surely to earn a penalty after being trampled over by Zadiu Sanusi, but the referee refused to go to VAR and check. Everything was bad today. Ronaldo contributed one shot on target, three successful dribbles, two key passes, and four ground duels won.

Substitutions

Merih Demiral (↔️ Giorgio Chiellini) - 5.5

The Turkish defender was called onto the field to replace captain Giorgio Chiellini when the Italian aggravated another injury in the 35’. As much as any player on the field at the start of the second half, Demiral was beaten by Marega for the goal that put the club up 2-0 in the 46’. Demiral contributed one clearance, one interception, one tackle, one ground duel won, two aerial duels won, one shot on target, and one shot off target. Demiral was penalized with a yellow card in the 87’.


Alvaro Morata (↔️ Weston McKennie) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.



Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 5

What is going on with the program at this point? With the momentum, the club was riding high earlier in the month with some solid victories against Inter and Milan, then laid absolute eggs against Napoli and now against Porto in the Champions League. Starting Kulusevski over Morata in the other striker role was questionable. Il Maestro better become just that in a hurry and turn this slide around before Seria A play returns on Monday as the club cannot afford to drop more points to the likes of Crotone.



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