COPPA ITALIA PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 4 - 0 SPAL

The Bianconero breezed their way into the Coppa Italia semi finals with a 4-0 victory over SPAL to set up a rematch with rival Inter Milano... *tries to contain laughter about name change*


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

The returning king retook his rightful place wearing the captain’s armband. And that was about as much effort and sweat he had to contribute from there on out. Buffon claimed a clean sheet and contributed one save, one accurate long ball, and one clearance.


Radu Dragusin - 6.5

The Romanian player was a part of a solid rejuvenated defensive front that gave fans a potential look at what the back line could consist of once Bonucci and Chiellini call it quits. A clean sheet in Coppa Italia play is a good start. Dragusin contributed one clearance, one blocked shot, three interceptions, one tackle, one ground duel won, one key pass, and two accurate long balls.

Merih Demiral - 6.5

Juventus fans finally got to see the M&M defense together again and it paid off well enough for the club. Only main critique was that in the first few minutes of the match Demiral failed to maintain control of the ball and had it easily stripped from his possession by SPAL attackers. Demiral contributed two clearances, three interceptions, two aerial duels won, one offside, and two accurate long balls.


Matthijs De Ligt - 7

There really is not too much about the defense and I am starting to get redundant at this point. But the defense was good and kept a clean sheet. Man, is it great to have a healthy De Ligt back though. De Ligt contributed two clearances, two tackles, two ground duels won, two aerial duels won, one key pass, seven accurate long balls, and one shot off target.


Gianluca Frabotta - 7

Gianluca Frabotta broke his Juventus scoring fast in the 33’ off of a Dejan Kulusevski assist, rocketing a shot into the back of the net. The Italian contributed one goal, one interception, one tackle, two ground duels won, two key passes, two accurate long balls, two shots on target, one shot off target , and one successful dribble. Frabotta was substituted off for Alex Sandro in the 67’.


Federico Bernardeschi - 5.5

In a Coppa Italia match where he was named Vice Captain to Gigi Buffon, the Italian showed very little of the potential that was witnessed during the last international break.?Bernardeschi contributed two accurate crosses, one successful dribble, one ground duel won, and one offiside. Bernardeschi was substituted off for Alessandro Di Pardo for the start of the second half.

Nicolò Fagioli - 6.5

Making his start for the Italian flagship, the youth showed that he was more than capable of balling with the men. In the 29’, Fagioli came up big on a lapse that led to a SPAL attack far outnumbering Juventus with red shirts, but the youth cooly stole possession and cleared it out of the area. Fagioli continued his potential during the 78’ when he delivered a beautiful pass to Aaron Ramsey that the Welshman failed to do anything with. Fagioli contributed two key passes, one successful dribble, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one clearance, and one tackle. Fagioli was substituted off for Weston McKennie in the 87’.


Adrien Rabiot - 7

Rabiot quietly had one of his best performances of the season. Adrien Rabiot won a penalty after receiving contact from a SPAL defender and getting an initial yellow card overturned thanks to VAR in the 14’. Rabiot contributed one key pass, three accurate long balls, one shot on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, two successful dribbles, one penalty won, six ground duels won, four aerial duels won, one blocked shot, one interception, and three tackles. Rabiot was penalized with a yellow card in the 85’.


Aaron Ramsey - 6

Ramsey missed a heartbreaking shot just off goal into the outside net in the 31’ for what would have been his first Coppa Italia score. Ramsey contributed five key passes, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, one shot on target, one shot off target, one successful dribble, two ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and one interception.


Dejan Kulusevski - 7.5

Albeit against an underwhelming SPAL side, the Swedish player had one of his better performances and looked more comfortable in the second striker position. Dejan Kulusevski did the dirty work and created the opportunity for Italian youth Gianluca Frabotta to finish on his first goal for the top flight Juventus squad in the 33’. After a scoring drought since the Parma match, the Swede was able to get back in the scoring column thanks to a beautiful pass from Federico Chiesa in the 78’. Kulusevski contributed one goal, one assist, four shots on target, two shots off target, one shot blocked, two successful dribbles, one key pass, one accurate cross, three ground duels won, and one tackle.

Alvaro Morata - 7

Alvaro scored the first goal of the match on a penalty earned by Rabiot in the 15’, strongly selling the shot with an extended stutter step. Morata contributed one goal, two shots on target, one shot off target, one successful dribble, three key passes, two accurate long balls, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, and one offside. Alvaro Morata was substituted for Federico Chiesa in the 67’.

Substitutions


Federico Chiesa (↔️ Alvaro Morata) - 7

Chiesa came in and helped secure an initial goal for Kulusevski with a solid assist in the 78’ to put the club up 3-0. The player then got one for himself, walking in an assist from Da Graca in the final seconds of the match. Chiesa contributed one goal, one assist, one shot on target, one shot off target, three successful dribbles, two key passes, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, and three ground duels won. Chiesa was penalized with a yellow card in the 81’.


Alessandro Di Pardo (↔️ Federico Bernardeschi) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Alex Sandro (↔️ Gianluca Frabotta) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Cosimo Marca Da Graca (↔️ Merih Demiral) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Weston McKennie (↔️ Nicolò Fagioli) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 7

I can admit when I am wrong, and I have to do it here. Pre-match I questioned the starting lineup and the decision to bring in so many young faces into what essentially was a playoff game. Regardless, Fagioli proved his worth and the club cruiser to a 4-0 victory under Pirlo’s instruction.



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