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.
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’.
Rodrigo Bentancur - 4.5
The Uruguayan struggled from the start of the match, completing more passes to Milan players than to those on his own squad. To be frank, the majority of his play was flat out bad. Bentancur was penalized for a weaker takedown of Theo Hernandez than the hit laid out on Rabiot in the first half with a yellow card at the 50’. Bentancur contributed two accurate long balls, eight ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two clearances, one blocked shot, one interception, one tackle, but lost possession fourteen times. Rodrigo Bentancur was substituted out for Arthur Melo at the 74’.
Adrien Rabiot - 6
The highlight moment for Rabiot (unfortunately not caused by his own play) was when the Frenchman was absolutely abused on a foul by Calhanoglu that VAR and Italian referees refused to acknowledge which allowed the equalizing goal for Milan at 1-1. It was an egregious no call: you know it, I know it, they know it, and God knows it. Rabiot contributed one accurate long ball, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two clearances, one blocked shot, and one tackle.
Aaron Ramsey - 6
Overall a quiet match for the midfielder from Wales, but Ramsey threw away a golden opportunity on a slice that was barely close to being even aimed at the target in the 56’ when the outcome of the match was still highly contested. Ramsey contributed three accurate long balls, one shot on target, one shot off target, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two tackles, and one error that led to a shot. The Welshman was substituted for Federico Bernardeschi in the 74’.
Paulo Dybala - 7
Last season’s Juve Prince seems to have regained a little bit of confidence following the last minute goal against Udinese and nowhere was that more evident than in the assist pass delivered to Federico Chiesa for the opening goal in the 18’. Dybala additionally assisted Chiesa on his second goal of the match to take and retain the lead in the 62’. Dybala contributed two assists, two blocked shots, three key passes, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, five ground duels won, and one aerial duel won. The Argentinian was substituted for Weston McKennie in the 63’.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 5.5
I made mention on Twitter that following the equalizing goal by Calabria and halftime it was up to Ronaldo to earn that paycheck. A statement I recalled stating frequently in the 2019/20 season that, for the most part, Ronaldo made good on. Fortunately the club did not need any late game heroics from the Portugese star in a somewhat disappointing performance from the player. Ronaldo contributed two shots blocked, three key passes, one big chance created, six ground duels won, and one clearance.
Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Paulo Dybala) - 6.5
In limited minutes, Kulusevski played a pivotal role in putting this match away with the assist delivered to Weston McKennie for the third and final goal of the match. Kulusevski contributed one assist, one key pass, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and one tackle.
Weston McKennie (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - 7
After a missed chance on goal on a pass from Ronaldo in the 71’ the American found his target and match sealing goal on an assist from Dejan Kulusevski in the 76’. Not sure even he would have dreamed that he would have such a monumental score in a pivotal match for the Bianconeri in his first season with the club, but McKennie is going to be loved here for a long time. McKennie contributed one goal, two shots on target, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and one clearance in twenty-six minutes played.
Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Aaron Ramsey) - N/A
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Arthur Melo (↔️ Rodrigo Bentancur) - N/A
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Merih Demiral (↔️ Gianluca Frabotta) - N/A
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Andrea Pirlo - 8
In Il Maestro’s first match as the coach of Juventus against his former club, the man who spent most of his career with the Rossoneri, handed the home team a 3-1 defeat and the first loss of the season. A victory for the Bianconeri that keeps scudetto hopes alive for another day. Most of the calls by the Maestro and the injection of Weston McKennie into the match were well received, but the most questionable of his calls was pulling his assist and goals scoring combo of Dybala and Chiesa following the second goal of the match. In the end, it worked out and their replacements chipped in an additional match sealing goal. Not bad for his first season as a manager.
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