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PLAYER RATINGS: AC MILAN 1 - 3 JUVENTUS.

In their greatest challenge of the 2020/21 season the Bianconeri showed up ready to play and then some. The club defeated the Rossoneri of AC Milan in what would typically be less than friendly confines of San Siro Stadium. Fantastic performances by Federico Chiesa and Wojciech Szczesny contributed to what might be remembered as the most pivotal moment of the season. The 3-1 victory brought the club three points closer to the table leaders and moved the Torino club to fourth place in the standings.


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 - 8

An early defensive letdown allowed Tek to step up and get a save on a huge chance by Calhanoglu in the 7’. Szczesny recorded a huge stop against Leao twenty minutes later in the 27’ and again on a direct shot on goal in the 34’. Calhanoglu continued to pepper the goal and Tek earned his pay during the first forty minutes of the match. Unfortunately the clean sheet in the first half was stolen when a foul against Rabiot remained uncalled and allowed a run out goal score by Calabria that Tek was unable to stop in the 41’. The positive effort from the keeper continued with a fantastic save on Dallot in the 47’. Tek padded his stats with an additional save on Calhanoglu in the 84’. Szczesny contributed eight saves, three saves from inside of the box, and six accurate long balls.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

While unfortunately allowing more shots on goal to be taken and making Tek work for his paycheck far more than he is used to, the defensive group and the goalkeeper did enough to walk away with an impressive win. Danilo contributed two clearances, four tackles, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and five accurate long balls. Danilo was penalized with a highly questionable yellow for tapping the ball out of an AC Milan run out in the 72’.

Matthijs De Ligt - 6

The defense, while not overly impressive, made its presence felt thanks to the contributions made by the Dutch defender and held the current leading club in Serie A to one goal. De Ligt contributed one clearance, one blocked shot, one interception, two tackles, two ground duels won, five aerial duels won, two key passes, one accurate cross, and three accurate long balls.


Leonardo Bonucci - 6

The Juventus captain headlined a crew of defenders that held their own against the team at the top of the table, only giving up one goal on a shot that should not have even been allowed to be taken. Holding a strong Milan team to one goal is always a welcome outcome. Bonucci contributed five clearances, one interception, one tackle, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, one accurate cross, one accurate long balls, and one big chance created.


Gianluca Frabotta - 5.5

The defense did enough to leave San Siro with a hard earned win, and while showing some growing pains Frabotta played his part to bolster his stock for any potential suitors during the January mercato. Frabotta contributed two interceptions, one tackle, two ground duels won, one key pass, one big chance created, and one shot off target. Gianluca Frabotta was substituted for Merih Demiral in the 87’.

Federico Chiesa - 8

From the shot off the crossbar in the 15’ to the header attempt at 17’, Freddy Church is the Juventus player the club has needed. The energy and hustle is beautiful to watch and Juventus’ latest addition refused to be denied capitalizing on a beautiful shot at the 18’. The man came back with it in the 62’ and abused Donnarumma for the score. Chiesa contributed two goals, one key pass, one accurate cross, three shots on target, two shots off target, and three ground duels won. Federico Chiesa was substituted for Dejan Kulusevski at the 63’.