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.
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.
Federico Bernardeschi - 4.5
I have been trying to come up with new and creative ways to say that each player played poorly, but that is just it. The club as a whole was terrible. Bernardeschi delivered a fairly poor cross in the 52’ flying above the potential Juventus targets in the area, and while it was bad Danilo came in on the other end to make the Italian’s cross look average as he booted his cross attempt to the left and away from any being with a pulse. Bernardeschi contributed two interceptions, two ground duels won one aerial duel won, three key passes, four accurate crosses, seven accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. Bernardeschi was penalized with a yellow card in the 17’.
Federico Chiesa - 5.5
The Italian was fairly absent for a majority of the first half but attempted to dial in on creating in the second. Like everything the club attempted to, it was a massive failure. Chiesa attempted to earn a penalty on the takedown inside of the box in the 70’, but upon replay, it was fairly obvious his past history for going down easy came back to haunt him on the no-call that the Italian may have worked a little extra to sell. Chiesa contributed two key passes, two accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, two ground duels won, one offsides, and two tackles.
Arthur Melo - 4
For the majority of the match, the Brazilian was a solid bulldog in the midfield. But all of that changed in the second half when the Brazilian made the most egregious of mistakes. Arthur sent a terrible pass across his own box to Danilo in the 69’ and the club right in the pathway of Benevento’s Gaich who was able to intercept possession and finish for the first goal of the match in the 69’. Arthur contributed one key pass, four accurate long balls, two successful dribbles, five ground duels own, one clearance, one interception, one tackle, and one error that led to a goal. Arthur Melo was substituted off for Rodrigo Bentancur in the 73’.
Adrien Rabiot - 4.5
The Frenchman returned to his usual forgettable performance leaving you scratching your head attempting to recall a play of significance involving the player. Rabiot contributed one accurate long ball, four ground duels won, five aerial duels won, one interception, and two tackles. Rabiot was substituted off for Weston McKennie in the 73’.
Dejan Kulusevski - 5
The Swedish player looked a bit more comfortable in the winger position but continued attempting to create with very little success getting the ball to strikers in the proper moments while complicating matters even more by failing to have any sense of a feel on creating for his own shot. Kulusevski had his best opportunity for a shot for a goal in the 58’, but took it too wide and slid left of the far post. Kulusevski contributed three key passes, two accurate crosses, one shot off target, one shot blocked, six successful dribbles, nine ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one offsides, and three tackles.
Alvaro Morata - 4.5
The Spaniard continues to leak confidence down the stretch and has looked like a shadow of his early-season self. Morata had a solid runout in the 33’ but saw his shot run directly into the Benevento keeper for the stop. An additional shot attempt was given when the De Ligt header was deflected in the 36’, but the Spaniard sent the shot errantly over the crossbar. Morata contributed one shot on target, one shot off target, one successful dribble, one big chance missed, one key pass, five ground duels won, three aerial duels won, one offsides, one clearance, and two tackles.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 5.5
Prior to the match beginning the Portuguese star received a commemorative jersey from Andrea Agnelli with the designation G.O.A.T. on the back and number 770 to celebrate his new goal record as the most prolific scorer in history. Ronaldo had an early opportunity to add on to that record in the 2’, but the shot ran wide of the post. Ronaldo found the back of the net in the 38’, but was offside and the goal was waved off. Obligatory Ronaldo free-kick into the wall update in the 52’. Ronaldo followed up an additional free-kick directly into the wall in the final fifteen minutes of the game just to keep the ratio up. Ronaldo contributed four shots on target, three shots off target, two shots blocked, three successful dribbles, one big chance missed, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and two offsides.
Rodrigo Bentancur (↔️ Arthur Melo) - N/A
Not enough information for rating.
Weston McKennie (↔️ Adrien Rabiot) - N/A
Not enough information for rating.
Andrea Pirlo - 3
What exactly does Pirlo do with the squad during practice? Is there even an idea or a plan for tactics to be implemented with this club? The regression of the effort and mentality of this club is a glaring problem and an indictment on the coach. At this point the only thing left for the club to win is the Coppa Italia final. That is where we are at and I entertain no delusion the club can even complete that goal.
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