On Sunday’s biggest stage, watched by hundreds of millions worldwide, in what might have been a pivotal moment in the outcome of the season and the scudetto race; Juventus defecated their metaphorical pants. What was witnessed on the field today was nothing short of embarrassing and should be unacceptable in Pirlo’s and Paratici’s eyes. Time to move on and figure out some way to right the ship because up next on Wednesday: Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana, a team that decimated Fiorentina 6-0 today.
Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.
Wojciech Szczesny - 6.5
Following the allowance of the Vidal goal early, Szczesny had a huge deflection on Lukaku shot on target in the 24’ which was followed up with a lucky miss by Lautaro Martinez. Tek followed up with a huge stop on an undefended Lukaku shot in the 38’. More heroics ensued, stopping a Lukaku header, collecting himself, and scooping up a followup Inter shot in the 41’. Tek was doing all he could with what the remaining ten players were allowing. Szczesny contributed three saves, two punches, one save from inside of the box, two clearances, two accurate long balls, and two aerial duels won.
Danilo Luiz da Silva - 5
The Danilo of 2019/20 returned with a vengeance. Danilo was beaten early in position for an Arturo ‘Judas’ Vidal header to give Inter the 1-0 lead in the 12’. The Brazilian struggled to contribute anything of worth to the Juventus front in a pivotal match against the club’s biggest rival. Danilo contributed two clearances, one interception, one ground duel won, two aerial duels won, four accurate long balls, and one successful dribble.
Giorgio Chiellini - 6.5
The thirty-six year old was the best player on the field. The Italian legend knows what it means to be Bianconeri and at this point appears to be the only one playing with the heart of a Juventus player. Chiellini is up in his age, but in the 32’ Chiellini showed why he is the unquestioned captain; getting beat on an early ball to Lukaku, but finding his footing and correcting around to cut the ball away from the Belgian attacker on what otherwise would have been an open runout with Sczcesny alone. Chiellini contributed two clearances, one interception, two ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and four accurate long balls.