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 spending an uncomfortable amount of time in Juventus territory. Sandro came out of halftime with the same effort and chased down Karsdorp to shut down a potential one-on-one situation against Tek in the 48’. Sandro contributed three clearances, two interceptions, one tackle, six ground duels won, and one successful dribble. Sandro was substituted off for Matthijs De Ligt in the 85’.


Weston McKennie - 5.5

The American had one of the poorer performances on the field for the club, especially compared to recent outputs from the midfielder. Overall, McKennie did very little before being pulled early in the second half. McKennie contributed one offside and one clearance. McKennie was substituted with Juan Cuadrado in the 65’.


Arthur Melo - 6

Arthur flew a bit under the radar for this game, taking the regular ‘Rabiot’ position, but overall was serviceable in ensuring a victory for the club. Arthur contributed one key pass, three accurate long balls, one successful dribble, four ground duels won, one interception, and one tackle. Arthur was penalized with a yellow card in the 37’.

Adrien Rabiot - 6.5

You might be accustomed to my regular addressing of Rabiot’s performances as ‘forgettable’, but the Frenchman was solid today. At multiple points during the match Rabiot contributed key takeaways or found ways to move the ball down the field to get into creating position for the Bianconeri attacking front. Rabiot shut down an additional attempt at an attack in the 86’, easily taking it off of a Roma player and sending it to Szczesny. Rabiot contributed one accurate long ball, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, three clearances, one blocked shot, one interception, and four tackles.


Federico Chiesa - 5.5

For the first forty-five minutes of the match, the second leading goal scorer for the club spent most of his time getting defensive touches attempting to shut down Spinazzola. The Italian attempted to get into an offensive rhythm in the second half, but saw most of the time being sent sprawling to the turf upon coming into connection with the lightest of breezes. Chiesa contributed two accurate long balls, one successful dribble, six ground duels won, one offsides, three clearances, and three tackles.


Alvaro Morata - 6.5

Morata continues to be such a good signing of the previous summer. The Spaniard started the season hot, scoring during almost every match of the first stretch while as of late the Spaniard has shown his versatility in creating opportunities for his teammates. Morata tallied an assist on the opening score of the match in the 13’ to set up Ronaldo’s goal. Only Pjanic (7) and Dybala (6) have provided more assists than the Spaniard (5) for Cristiano Ronaldo since he became a Juventus player in 2018 Morata contributed one assist, two key passes, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, one ground duel won, two aerial duels won, one clearance, and one interception. Morata was substituted off for Dejan Kulusevski in the 65’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 7

After struggling to find the back of the net in Serie A play for an un-Cristiano-like period of time, the Portugese striker found his rhythm against Inter in the Coppa Italia semi-final on Tuesday and continued that effort against Roma with a score in the first 13’. Ronaldo attempted to continue that momentum on a strike attempt from a Morata pass in the 23’, but found the well placed shot on goal ricocheted off the post and into the ground outside of goal before being cleared away. Ronaldo finished out the half with two dangerous attacks including a shot in the 41’ that the keeper was just able to knock away. Ronaldo and Kulusevski’s running attack helped tally in the second goal on an Ibanez own goal in the 69’. Ronaldo contributed one goal, two shots on target, one shot blocked, one shot that hit the woodwork, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, four offsides, and one clearance. Ronaldo was penalized with a yellow card in the 62’.

Substitutions

Juan Cuadrado (↔️ Weston McKennie) - 6.5

Cuadrado’s creating ability remains one of the most reliable and important staples of the Juventus attack. The Columbian’s cross created the opportunity for Kulusevski and Ronaldo to force Ibanez into an own goal in the 69’. Cuadrado contributed one faux assist on the Ibanez own goal and one accurate long ball.


Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Alvaro Morata) - 6

Kulusevski and Ronaldo’s running attack helped tally in the second goal on an Ibanez own goal in the 69’. Not enough information for rating. Kulusevski contributed one faux assist on the Ibanez goal.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Matthijs De Ligt (↔️ Alex Sandro) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Merih Demiral (↔️ Leonardo Bonucci) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6.5

During the first few months of the season Juventus was losing this kind of game, now they are winning and collecting those full valuable points. Pirlo is visibly more comfortable setting the lineup and managing players when they need to be switched out while struggling or exhausted.



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