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Derby della Mole: Juventus - Torino Player Ratings.

The Bianconeri appeared to be continuing the club’s freefall by trailing to one of the bottomfeeders of the league for a majority of the match and struggling to get any kind of rhythm going on the offensive side of the ball. The only way to describe this match is: a sigh of relief. A draw or a loss to one of the worst teams in the league and you are currently reading a scathing piece cleaving every aspect of every player currently wearing the black and white, questioning the future of beloved player turned coach Andrea Pirlo, and the inevitable conclusion of a historic run of Serie A titles going back to 2011. But it did not, and ending as such, one walks away with a feeling of just that... a sigh of relief.


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

Starters


Wojciech Szczesny - 6

The Polish goalkeeper started the match on a sour note as he and the Bianconeri defense allowed a Torino corner to be tapped in uncontested by N’Koulou at the 9’. A slight redemption shortly after, Tek had a huge save at the 14’ on a goal that seemed destined to that point to reach the back of the net and would have put the Bianconeri down 2-0 early in the first half. Szczesny followed it up with another solid stop of a shot on goal by Italian nation Andrea Belotti at the 29’. Szczesny accounted for one save, one punch, one save from inside of the box, three accurate long balls, two clearances, one aerial duel won, and one goal conceded.


Juan Cuadrado - 8

He started slow, but Juan Cuadrado was arguably the most important player of the match following Juventus’ last minute(s) victory in the Derby della Mole. I was leaning towards a lower score, but observing his statistical analysis and input truly put into perspective how the Colombian was the only great player of the match. I thoroughly enjoyed Cuadrado’s ground defense in the wall set up at the 53’ during a Torino free kick. Cuadrado had a score recalled by VAR for a ridiculous call against Bonucci in an offside position for goalkeeper interference at the 57’. Cuadrado had a hand (or leg) in each of the goals scored tonight, regardless of if they were called back by VAR. Cuadrado assisted Weston McKennie in scoring the first goal of his Juventus career when he perfectly placed a pass to the American midfielder for a header to bring the match level at the 77’. Cuadrado later finished the cycle by delivering a pass to Juventus captain Leonardo Bonucci for a header to salvage a win at the 89’. Cuadrado accounted for two assists, one clearance, three interceptions, one tackle, eight ground duels won, one aerial duel won, four key passes, three accurate crosses, seven accurate long balls, three big chances, one shot off target, and five dribbles. Without Juan Cuadrado this game is another dud in a long line of duds. Put some respek on his name.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 4.5

Since the Pirlo era started Danilo has been one of the more improved players on the field. Unfortunately, this was not one of those games as the Brazilian played one of his worst more forgettable games since the season started. Danilo contributed one interception, three aerial duels won, and lost possession ten times. Danilo was substituted for Alex Sandro at the 71’.


Leonardo Bonucci - 6.5

The captain wasted an almost automatic chance created on a Dybala free kick by heading the ball sky high over the goal at the 41’. Bonucci on the receiving end of a hilariously bad VAR call for being on an offside position with goalkeeper interference to negate the Cuadrado goal at the 57’. VAR is trash and always will be trash. But Bonucci had the ultimate redemption at the 89’ when he scored the game sealing goal on a header delivered by the same man whose goal he had unfortuna