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PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 2-0 ROMA

The Old Lady’s redemption tour continued as Juventus defeated Roma 2-0 at home to claim three points and leapfrog the Giallorossi for third place in the Serie A standings. As of Saturday evening the club remains behind Inter Milano and AC Milan with 42 points to the Nerazzurri’s 47 and Rossoneri’s 46. Next up is a rematch with Inter Milano at home for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals for the opportunity to clinch a spot in the trophy matchup.


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

The Polish keeper came up huge in another must-win situation while tallying an additional clean sheet for the season. Szczesny remains one of the most underrated keepers in the game today. Tek had a huge stop in the 60’ with a save on a shot by Villar to keep the match level. In the 67’, Tek continued the streak and pulled in a screaming shot from Perez on goal. Szczesny contributed three saves, one punch, two high claims, four accurate long balls, and two clearances.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

The defensive front remains possibly the best in Serie A and helped retain another clean sheet. Though the Brazilian had a bit less to do than his compatriot, Alex Sandro. Danilo followed up the Bonucci block in the 59’ with an additional block of his own on the following attack by the squad from the Italian capitol. Danilo contributed two blocked shots, one ground duel won, and two accurate long balls.


Leonardo Bonucci - 6.5

While the Italian’s performance was shaky in the first stretch of the game, Leonardo Bonucci boosted his performance in the second. Bonucci had a huge stop on a Roma attack in the 59’ that saw a majority of the defensive front get tested and finally ended up with Tek on top of the ball as an additional precaution in case the offsides flag failed to erect itself. Bonucci mopped up a potential attack with a header to Tek in the 84’. Bonucci contributed two clearances, one blocked shot, one tackle, one ground duel won, two aerial duels won, and five accurate long balls. Bonucci was substituted off for Merih Demiral in the 85’ to spare the Italian defender from sustaining any possible injury.

Giorgio Chiellini - 7

“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The Italian might as well have quoted Mark Twain following all of the reports and urging from questioners and naysayers on the Juventus captain’s ability to contribute quality minutes to the Bianconeri defense following multiple injuries and missing a majority of the 2019/20 season. Chiello’s performances the last few weeks would like to have a word. Chiellini contributed six clearances, one interception, one aerial duel won, and one accurate long ball. You will find Chiellini’s picture next to the textbook definition of a defender.


Alex Sandro - 7

The Brazilian was a defensive stalwart during the first half of play against the Roma attack. Sandro cleared a threatening drive that saw Roma attackers slip past Bonucci and other defenders with ease in the first 10’. Sandro continued to hound Roma strikers in the 19’, not allowing the Giallorossi to get a shot off after s