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 unfortunately negated, Juan Cuadrado. Bonucci scored one goal, had two aerial duels won, six accurate long balls, one shot on target, and three shots off target.

Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5

De Ligt usually receives nothing of praise on my end, but even the Dutch Hulk is not absolved of sin against rival Torino. De Ligt was one of the defenders that was in closest proximity to the goal at the 9’ that failed to close in prior to the N’Koulou score. Compared to his typical statistics this night was poor for De Ligt: he contributed one clearance, one interception, one ground duel won, and five aerial duels won. Matthijs De Ligt was booked with a yellow card for a foul at the 72’.


Adrien Rabiot - 5.5

I feel like I write the same summary every game, but almost every match I feel that Rabiot gives yet another forgettable performance. Maybe I am biased against the French player and I need to spend more time focused on his performances, because I know he is capable of having a big game as we witnessed at the end of last season. Rabiot contributed one accurate cross, four ground duels won, three aerial duels won, one blocked shot, and four tackles. Rabiot was substituted off for Weston McKennie at the 71’.


Dejan Kulusevski - 4.5

The club is in a state of rejuvenation and growth and that is expected with new players. Though Kulusevski is one of the newcomers with the most hope and hype given his experience in the league at Parma and success scoring against Serie A defenses, we still have yet to see the young Swede take off while wearing the black and white shirt. We saw hints at his potential in the first few games of the season, but he has since seemed to regress with the rest of the midfield. Kulusevski contributed two ground duels won and two tackles. Dejan also attempted a cross aimed towards the goal at the 18’, but was cleanly cleared by Italian goalkeeper Sirigu before Juventus teammates could attempt a header. Dejan Kulusevski was booked with a yellow card for a foul at the 51’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 5.5

Bentancur seems to be a shadow of himself from the bright spots of last season. During the 2019-20 season the Uruguayan appeared to be the one untouchable piece of the otherwise diseased midfield. Yet, it seems the midfielder has succumbed to the same plague the rest of his teammates suffered. Giving little effort in his runs during the middle portion of the first half combined with lazy passes that are easily picked off by the Torino defense will decimate any sort of production on the other ends of the field. To be fair, Bentancur did get a solid stop on what appeared to be another runout by the Torino attack at the end of the first half, intercepting and clearing a pass clear of an open run at the 45’. And from there he cleaned his game up a bit. Bentancur blocked one shot, had two interceptions, two tackles, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and two key passes.

Federico Chiesa - 5.5

Federico Chiesa did not follow up his Champions League goalscoring debut with a similar performance in the Derby della Mole. As opposed to his usual energetic attitude, the Italian’s pace of play was notably more lethargic on the field this evening. Chiesa one key pass, one shot on target, one shot off target, six ground duels won, two aerial duels won, one interception, and three tackles.


Paulo Dybala - 5

Dybal still cannot seem to find a return to form of the offensive player we saw most of last season. It is growing more and more difficult to defend his performances for a player that was presumed to be the heir apparent to the captain’s armband, the number 10 shirt, and that I have even on occasion titled him the Juve Prince. Unfortunately most of Dybala’s play of late has been fairly forgettable. Dybala contributed one shot on target, two blocked shots, three accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, three ground duels won, and two tackles. Dybala was substituted off for Federico Bernardeschi at the 90’+1.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 5

Ronaldo kicked off this game with an erratic shot off target soaring high above the goal that would portend the effort the team would give for the majority of the first half. As much as I respect and agree that he is probably the greatest footballer to ever play the sport; Ronaldo was all but invisible for most of the match and disappeared in the moments he was needed most. If you are looking for a Ronaldo fan blog post to blame all of the other Juve players, this ain’t it. Ronaldo accounted for one shot off target, two shots blocked, three ground duels won, and one aerial duel won.

Substitutions


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski) - 5.5

Aaron Ramsey was substituted in for Kulusevski at the 57’. In limited minutes Ramsey accounted for one key pass, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one tackle.


Alex Sandro (↔️ Danilo Luiz da Silva) - 5

Alex Sandro was substituted in for Danilo at the 71’. In limited minutes Sandro accounted for one clearance, one aerial duel won, and one shot off target.

Weston McKennie (↔️ Adrien Rabiot) - 6.5

McKennie was substituted in for Rabiot at the 71’. The American entered the match and scored the initial ‘legal’ goal that brought the game level and set up for the eventual victory in the Derby della Mole. It was an inspiring header to be the first American goal ever scored for the Juventus club. McKennie scored one goal, had one assist, one ground duel won, one interception, and one tackle in limited minutes played this evening.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Paulo Dybala) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach


Andrea Pirlo - 6

A first 75’ where a Juventus side played horrifically bad against a struggling Torino cannot be forgotten, but can be forgiven when the outcome is a win and 3 points. Pirlo made the adjustments that led to a comeback with a match-leveling goal by Weston McKennie after he was substituted in for Adrien Rabiot. The midfield still has a long way to go (and potentially still another player or two) before Juventus can be back where they need to be on the table.


Also, Carlo Pinsoglio (did not play) received a red card for running out onto the field and celebrating the game-winning goal scored by Bonucci. Which is great.


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