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.
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 pace and skill of play the better athletes in the main club possessed. Wesley contributed one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, one shot on target, three successful dribbles, seven ground duels won, three clearances, and one tackle. Wesley was substituted for Cristiano Ronaldo in the 88’.
Arthur Melo - 6
Whether it be injury recovery induced or just conditioning, I cannot help but notice that Arthur looked plain out of shape and a step slower than the other players on the field.That being said, Arthur had a HUGE stop in extra time on what otherwise would have been a Genoa goal on the line to again level the game with three goals apiece. Arthur contributed three accurate long balls, two successful dribbles, four ground duels won, one blocked shot, two tackles, and one clearance off the line.
Rodrigo Bentancur - 5.5
At this point it feels that the Uruguayan’s second favorite pastime is football, the first being collecting yellow cards. Due to this he was pulled for Adrien Rabiot at halftime. Bentancur contributed two key passes, one big chance created, one accurate long ball, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, one clearance and one tackle. Bentancur was penalized with a yellow card at the 25’.
Manolo Portanova - 6
It felt as if fans got to see all of the U23 players. Yes, I know Portanova has played in more than a few games for the premier club already, but you get the point. If it were not for being offsides, the Italian youth would have scored his first goal of his career for the Serie A club. Portanova contributed three successful dribbles, one key pass, two accurate long balls, seven ground duels won, and one tackle. Portanova was substituted for Hamza Rafia at the 77’.
Dejan Kulusevski - 7
The Swedish sensation appeared nearing return to form that many saw and valued during his Parma days as Kulusevski capitalized from a well placed pass from a returning Giorgio Chiellini in the 2’. Kulusevski played the entirety of the match and was responsible for scoring one goal of the match and assisting on the second scored by Morata. Kulusevski contributed one goal, one assist, four shots on target, one shot blocked, three successful dribbles, three big chances missed, four key passes, two accurate long balls, one big chance created, six ground duels won, two aerial duels won, one interception, and one tackle.
Alvaro Morata - 7
Statistically, the Spaniard was the best player of the match. The striker was responsible for the second goal of the match and also assisted in the creation of the final score that sealed the deal for Juventus and Rafia in his first goal for the club. Morata contributed one goal, one assist, four shots on target, two blocked shots, two successful dribbles, one big chance missed, five key passes, two big chances created, six ground duels won, four aerial duels won, one interception, and two tackles.
Adrien Rabiot (↔️ Rodrigo Bentancur) - 5
Rabiot entered the game for Bentancur and that is about as much as I recall of Rabiot’s game. Rabiot contributed three accurate long balls, one shot on target, one shot off target, one aerial duel won, one blocked shot.
Leonardo Bonucci (↔️ Giorgio Chiellini) - 5.5
The captain exchange of the captain’s armband also came with the exchange of another goal allowed by the Juventus defensive front. Bonucci contributed three clearances, one interception, one aerial duel won, two accurate long balls, one shot on target, and one big chance missed.
Danilo Luiz da Silva (↔️ Merih Demiral) - 5.5
The rested defenders came in for a struggling line and allowed a second equalizer to send the match to overtime. Danilo contributed two clearances, one blocked shot, one tackle, two ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and three accurate long balls.
Hamza Rafia (↔️ Manolo Portanova) - 7
He won the damn game. The Tunisian player saw his first minutes with the first team and boy did he make the most of it. Rafia scored the game winning goal at the 104’ and ultimately sealed the victory for Juventus. Rafia contributed one goal, one accurate long ball, one shot on target, one shot off target, three successful dribbles, five ground duels won, and one tackle.
Cristiano Ronaldo (↔️ Wesley David de Oliveira Andrade) - N/A
Not enough information for rating.
Andrea Pirlo - 5.5
I understand players need to rest before the showdown against Inter this weekend and that the roster is decimated by injuries and COVID. But if the Coppa Italia is important and a goal Juventus strives to win; you need to put together something a little better than a handful of players from the U23 team so that I am not sweating out a result against Genoa in extra time.
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