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’.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

The grouping of Danilo, Chiellini, and Bonucci continued their defensive success and clinched back to back clean sheets following the victory in the Supercoppa. Danilo contributed one clearance, two interceptions, one tackle, two ground duels won, one key pass, and one shot blocked.


Federico Bernardeschi - 5.5

The Italian’s scoring struggles continued as Bernardeschi saw a rebound shot following a Skorupski save on Cristiano Ronaldo kicked directly into the keeper’s readjusted mitts in the 28’. This was following a horrendous shot miles over goal in the 17’. Bernardeschi contributed one key pass, one accurate cross, two shots on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, one successful dribble, one big chance missed, one ground duel won, and one offsides call. Federico Bernardeschi was substituted for Alvaro Morata in the 69’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 6

The Uruguayan had a decent performance that seemingly had any usual obvious deficiencies supported by the terrific play of Arthur and Weston McKennie. Bentancur contributed two key passes, one accurate long ball, one shot off target, one successful dribble, four ground duels won, one clearance, one blocked shot, and three interceptions.

Arthur Melo - 7

Arthur saw his great play from the previous match against Napoli rewarded as the midfielder took a shot from deep and found the back of the net in the 15’ to tally his first goal as a Juventus player. Arthur’s fantastic play saved one big defensive possession and then helped create plays at midfield that others in his position group would let slip away with a lazy pass. Arthur contributed one goal, three key passes, four accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, three successful dribbles, four ground duels won, and one interception. Arthur was substituted for Adrien Rabiot in the 78’.


Weston McKennie - 7

Late in the first half, the American had a potential goal off a cross ripped away from him by the (stop me if you have heard this before against Juventus) superb play of the opposition’s goalkeeper. The American was rewarded in the 72’ as McKennie thundered a header to the back post off of a Juan Cuadrado cross for the second goal of the match, both by… midfield players! McKennie contributed one goal, three key passes, two shots on target, three shots off target, two successful dribbles, four ground duels won, four aerial duels won, one clearance, and two interceptions. Weston McKennie was substituted for Merih Demiral in the 90’+3’.


Dejan Kulusevski - 5

Dejan Kulusevski saw a continuation of the Napoli match where the Swedish player struggled to get anything going while playing as a striker alongside Ronaldo. In the 65’ the Swede was taken down inside of the box to no avail by the referee, who was determined to not give a penalty all match. Dejan Kulusevski contributed one successful dribble, one key pass, one ground duel won, and took no shots on goal. Kulusevski received a yellow card at the 21’ and will now miss the Sampdoria game for suspension.

Cristiano Ronaldo - 6

Cristiano Ronaldo began today’s game tallying an assist on the Arthur Melo goal in the 15’. Ronaldo had a shot on target saved by Skorupski in the 28’. Unfortunately, the Portugese was unable to get much else going as it pertains to his typical offensive ways and his frustration could be seen. Ronaldo contributed assist, three shots on target, two shots blocked, one successful dribble, one big chance missed, two key passes, three accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, two ground duels won, and one offsides call.


Substitutions:

Alvaro Morata (↔️ Federico Bernardeschi) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Matthijs De LIgt (↔️ Leonardo Bonucci) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Adrien Rabiot (↔️ Arthur Melo) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Merih Demiral (↔️ Weston McKennie) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach:

Andrea Pirlo - 6.5

Pirlo had a solid match against Bologna and while I will never fully understand his substitution patterns, here’s to hoping that the additions of Arthur and Weston McKennie to the starting lineup in the midfield is one that remains for a majority of the season.



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