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PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 2 - 0 BOLOGNA

In a game that saw Juventus have the potential to go up by four goals before halftime, the Bianconeri failed to capitalize on multiple early opportunities outside of the commencing goal by Arthur. A cushion was added by the Weston McKennie header midway through the second half that saw one of the more surprising statistics in a long while occur: the Juventus midfield created the majority of the offensive output and all of the scoring. Juventus picked up three much needed points in the standings and capitalized on the outcomes of rival Serie A clubs in the table.


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 - 7

Tek saw his first real action as a keeper in the 48’ when, in somewhat hilarious form given the outcome, an errant header away was put directly toward goal by Cuadrado and had to be saved by the keeper. Bologna saw their first chances in the second half and in the first ten minutes into the 56’ the Polish keeper was tested with multiple shots on target that Tek saved away. Tek checked off another clean sheet for the season. Szczesny contributed three saves, one punch, one high claim, two saves from inside of the box, seven accurate long balls, and one clearance.


Juan Cuadrado - 7

In un-Cuadrado like fashion, the Columbian wasted a solid possession in the 32’ on a run out that saw a running Ronaldo ignored for a shot off target that skidded the ground just past the right post. In the 48’ Cuadrado kept Szczesny on his toes as the player headed a potential own goal at the keeper on a defensive play that, luckily, the Polish player saved. Cuadrado saw a shot actually shot on the opposing keeper’s goal denied at the 60’. Juan Cuadrado eventually linked up with Weston McKennie in the 72’ to tally an assist for the second goal of the game. Cuadrado had a few blunders throughout the match, but overall continued to put in another solid performance overall. Cuadrado contributed one assist, one clearance, one interception, three tackles, eleven ground duels won, three key passes, two accurate crosses, two accurate long balls, three big chances created, one shot on target, two shots off target, one shot blocked, four successful dribbles, and one big chance missed.

Leonardo Bonucci - 6.5

The combination of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini still has some bloom on that rose. The defensive front combined with the Polish phenom held Bologna scoreless to help secure the three much needed points for the Torino side. Bonucci contributed two clearances, three tackles, four ground duels won, and three accurate long balls. Leonardo Bonucci was substituted off for Matthijs De Ligt in the 78’.


Giorgio Chiellini - 6.5

The captain played in his fourth match in a row, a statistic even the biggest Chiellini fan would be surprised to state given the status of the player’s struggles returning from injury. The captain combined with the defensive front to confirm a scoreless match for Bologna. Chiellini contributed six clearances, one interception, and three aerial duels won. Chiellini was penalized with a yellow card in the 47’.