COPPA ITALIA PLAYER RATINGS: INTER 1-2 JUVENTUS

Updated: Feb 3

The Bianconeri continue their winning ways and defeat archrival Inter Milano in the confines of San Siro 2-1. Juventus host the return match on February 9th in the friendly confines of Allianz Stadium with a victory and two away goal cushion.


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


Starters


Gianluigi Buffon - 6.5

The match did not start great for the Italian legend as he let an early shot on goal by Lautaro Martinez slip past him for the opening goal to put Inter Milano up 1-0 in the 9’. But the keeper of my childhood came up in ways only Buffon knows how getting enough stops to seal the 2-1 victory for the good guys following up an early Inter score. Buffon contributed three saves, two high claims, one save from inside the box, one error that led to a shot, and eight accurate long balls.


Juan Cuadrado - 6.5

The Columbian helped get Juventus in the scoring column following the Lautaro score for Inter after he was awarded with a VAR penalty which Ronaldo was able to easily convert into a goal in the 24’. Cuadrado contributed two clearances, three interceptions, four ground duels won, two key passes, one accurate cross, eight accurate long balls, two successful dribbles, and one penalty won.

Merih Demiral - 7

The Turkish defender came up huge in the 68’ minute to save an equalizing goal by the Inter attack that had seen a previous strike deflected by Buffon, but left the goal open following the Italian’s recoil from the stop. Demiral made multiple clearances in the waning moments of the match to keep the Inter attack without reward. Demiral contributed four clearances, one blocked shot, two interceptions, two tackles, one clearance off the line, two ground duels won, four aerial duels won, one accurate long ball, and one shot on target. Demiral was penalized with a yellow card in the 14’.


Matthijs De Ligt - 6.5

De Ligt was a party to the early collapse on defense that allowed the initial Inter goal that Lautaro Martinez was able to capitalize on in the first ten minutes of the game. The Dutch returned to normal form following the breakdown and helped the Juventus defense see out a scoreless remainder of the match. De Ligt contributed two clearances, two blocked shots, six interceptions, three tackles, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, eight accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. De Ligt was penalized with a yellow card in the 47’.


Alex Sandro - 5.5

The Brazilian saw limited activity on his side of the field compared to that of De Ligt, Demiral, and Cuadrado, but helped secure the victory for the Bianconeri. Sandro contributed two interceptions, one tackle, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, two accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. Sandro was penalized with a yellow card in the 32’.

Weston McKennie - 6

The American flew a bit under the radar compared to his usual heroics Juventus fans have grown accustomed to this season as of late, but put together a solid performance. Though McKennie, would surely like to have that last shot attempt back to add to the margin of defeat over Inter. McKennie contributed one shot on target, one shot off target, two successful dribbles, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one interception, and one tackle. McKennie was substituted for Giorgio Chillini in the 90’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 6

The Uruguayan seems to do better when combined with the likes of McKennie and Arthur, instead of well… Rabiot. Bentancur contributed four accurate long balls, one shot on target, one aerial duel won, two interceptions, and one error that led to a shot. Bentancur was substituted for Arthur Melo in the 76’.


Adrien Rabiot - 6

Rabiot is well…. Rabiot, as was stated with Bentancur. The Frenchman put together a solid performance today, but there are obviously better options Juventus can pick up to play in this spot in the midfield going forward. Rabiot contributed one accurate long ball, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two interceptions, and two tackles.

Federico Bernardeschi - 6.5

The Italian player that deals with probably the most scrutiny on the team had a solid performance for the club and came up big in some early moments of the match. A good performance that is welcome depending on if Fede’s stay in Turin lasts longer than many of us expected it to. Bernardeschi contributed two key passes, two crosses, one shot on target, two successful dribbles, four ground duels won, one offsides, two interceptions, and one tackle. Bernardeschi was substituted for Danilo in the 69’.


Dejan Kulusevski - 6

The Swedish player seems to take an obvious back seat in the second striker role in concert with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo. Kulusevski contributed one successful dribble, one accurate long ball, two ground duels won. Kulusevski was substituted for Federico Chiesa in the 90’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 8

The GOAT returned in the moment Juventus needed him most: scoring a brace in a come from behind victory at the San Siro. Ronaldo scored his first goal of the match on a penalty awarded to Juan Cuadrado in the 26’. The second goal came on a beautiful shot far from goal when Handanovic had cleared the area, barely making its way inside of the right post in the 35’. Ronaldo was making efforts to gain his third and complete the hat trick, but was displeased with Pirlo’s choice to pull him late in the second half. It is difficult to disagree with the Portugese player given his performance this evening. Ronaldo contributed two goals, two shots on target, one shot off target, one successful dribble, four ground duels won, one interception, and one tackle. Ronaldo was substituted for Alvaro Morata in the 77’. Ronaldo was penalized with a yellow card for a handball in the 45’+2.



Substitutions

Danilo Luiz da Silva (↔️ Federico Bernardeschi) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Arthur Melo (↔️ Rodrigo Bentancur) - N/A

Not enough information for rating. Arthur was penalized with a yellow card in the 86’.


Alvaro Morata (↔️ Cristiano Ronaldo) - N/A

Not enough information for rating. Morata was penalized with a yellow card in the 90’+4.


Federico Chiesa (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Giorgio Chiellini (↔️ Weston McKennie) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.



Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 7

Pirlo seems to be coming into his own as a coach and is better understanding how to put together a winning performance in matches that mean the most to the club. Defeating Antonio Conte in his new home only makes it that much sweeter.



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