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PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 0-1 BENEVENTO

It’s over. Kill the talk of any possible run to save the season and the scudetto. The nine-year Serie A championship run ends completely as this Juventus squad has regressed throughout the season to get to the point where they are today. There is little evidence this club does anything that can resemble practice week to week between matches. The team had a full week to rest and showed up today with little to no effort or desire to win. The only question that truly remains for the season is will the club even finish in the top four of Serie A and qualify for the Champions League?


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 - 5.5

The Juventus keeper had very little to do for the majority of the match as Juventus controlled seventy-three percent of the possession and Benevento did little to create an attack against the home team. In a fashion only Juventus squad can produce, the club did the away side a favor and donated a pathetically poor pass directly to Gaich who easily tucked away from the shot on the Polish keeper for the score. Szczesny contributed one high claim, four accurate long balls, and one goal allowed.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 4.5

The entire squad was terrible, but Danilo tossed away a handful of opportunities for easy goals due to his own inability to take a shot on goal. His aim was so errant and lazy he deserves to be banned from taking shots altogether. Danilo had a huge opportunity for an early goal inside the box, but was a step too slow on his shot and allowed the Benevento defense to collapse on him to easily block the shot in the 22’. Danilo contributed one clearance, two ground duels won, one key pass, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, one shot off target, one shot blocked, two successful dribbles, and two big chances missed.


Leonardo Bonucci - 5.5

It was a tale of two halves, but all ended in the club as a whole playing terribly. The defense did well to lockdown a dangerous Benevento attack in the 40’ and get the last-second stop where otherwise Sczcesny was left vulnerable. Bonucci stopped an additional dangerous run in the 41’ deflecting a potential shot toward goal. Bonucci picked Lapadula’s pocket on another threatening Benevento attack that shut down what felt like an insurmountable potential score given Juventus’ anemic offense. But Bonucci failed to stop the breakdown initiated by Arthur’s lazy pass in the box that allowed Gaich to score fairly easily. Bonucci contributed one clearance, one blocked shot, two interceptions, one tackle, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, seven accurate long balls, two shots off target, one shot blocked, and two successful dribbles.

Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5

At this point in the season, there is very little to still be said. Losing to a bottom feeder like Benevento at home is a team effort in mediocrity. A usual reliable presence, the Dutch defender did very little to reflect the defensive stalwart and optional creator Juventus fans have grown to love. Following the revoked penalty for a Benevento handball, the corner delivered to De Ligt for the header was on target, but the Benevento keeper saved the shot in the 36’. De Ligt contributed three clearances, one blocked shot, two tackles, four ground duels won, nine aerial duels won, three accurate long balls, two shots on target, and one successful dribble.