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COPPA ITALIA PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 3 - 2 GENOA

In a match that saw the Torino side score in the opening two minutes of the game, the Bianconeri did everything in their power to make a victory against a Genoa side that was equally depleted. Thanks to some extra time heroics from a Tunisian U23 player, the Bianconeri saw their journey continue in the 2020/21 Coppa Italia.


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 - 5

The legend unfortunately allowed his age to show through some of the growing cracks in what has been the steel wall of Italy and Juventus football. The keeper and defensive front allowed two goals to get passed their line. The second goal made it obvious how much slower the keeper’s reflexes and reach have become since the days of his youth. That being said, Buffon remains one of, if not the, greatest goalkeeper of all and his ability far supersedes that of many younger goalkeepers today. Buffon contributed one punch, no saves, one accurate long ball, and one clearance.

Merih Demiral - 6

The Turkish defender and Dragusin were directly responsible for the shot allowed by Czyborra that rejuvenated the energy of the Genoa side that clawed themselves back into the game. Demiral contributed three clearances, one interception, two tackles, two ground duels won, two aerial duels won, four accurate long balls, and one shot off target. Merih Demiral was substituted for Danilo at the 65’.


Radu Dragusin - 6.5

The Romanian made his first start for the club and played the full one-hundred and twenty minutes. Dragusin proved to be a serviceable defender and was one of the better defensive players in the game. Unfortunately, Dragusin combined with Demiral and Gigi to allow the initial goal for Genoa that got the ball rolling for the opposing club. Dragusin contributed two clearances, one blocked shot, four interceptions, four tackles, five ground duels won, three aerial duels won, and five accurate long balls.

Giorgio Chiellini - 6.5

In the first minutes, the captain of many Bianconeri’s hearts delivered a beautiful pass to set up the assist for Kulusevski and the opening goal in the 2’. The Italian captain was not directly responsible for the initial goal allowed by Czyborra, but the defensive front allowed two goals and allowed the match to be equalized twice. Solid play for the aging defender, but Chiellini could only last for the first sixty minutes before being replaced. Chiellini contributed one assist, one clearance, two tackles, three ground duels won, one key pass, one accurate cross, eight accurate long balls, and one big chance created. Giorgio Chiellini was substituted for Leonardo Bonucci at the 65’.


Federico Bernardeschi - 6.5

Though it has been awhile since the player was able to have Bernardeschi had himself a solid match once again. Notably during the first seven or so minutes in the first half, the fairly or not maligned Italian player attempted many well aimed passes that his Juventus teammates unfortunately failed to capitalize. The Italian delivered some well-placed crosses that rivaled the ones Cuadrado placed for McKennie last month, but the receiving players failed to execute or the Paeari executed a save even better. Bernardeschi contributed six key passes, five accurate crosses, five accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, two shots off target, two blocked shots, one successful dribble, one big chance missed, four ground duels won, three clearances, two interceptions, and two tackles. Bernardeschi was penalized with a yellow card for an argument at the end of the match.


Wesley David de Oliveira Andrade - 5.5

Who the bleep is that?... was my initial response to seeing Wesley’s name on the starting lineup. The Brazilian right-back made his debut with the first team after making his previous three appearances for the Juventus U23 squad. The young player showed signs of struggling to catch up to the higher pac