PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 3-0 SPEZIA

The Bianconeri bounced back following a devastating draw against Hellas Verona to collect three more points and tread water in third place. While any chance at redemption and collection of the scudetto at the end of the season seems unlikely, all the club can do is continue winning and hope for the Milan teams to falter.


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

In a rare sequence of activity for the Juventus goalkeeper in the 83’ Tek had a punch to save a threatening Spezia attack and then seconds later collected the ball off of a cross putting an end to the attack‘s possession. Szczesny was well rested through the match and was able to use that extra energy in the final seconds of play by saving a penalty shot taken by Galabinov. Szczesny contributed one save, one save from inside the box, one penalty saved, one punch, one successful runout, four accurate long balls, one clearance, and two aerial duels won.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

With an already struggling offense facing difficulty creating anything of substance, the defender decided to join in on the fun in the 38’ making progress into the penalty box and toward goal just to kick the ball diagonally away without the potential of it being a cross or shot. Danilo contributed one clearance, one interception, three tackles, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one offside, nine accurate long balls, and one successful dribble.


Merih Demiral - 6.5

Demiral had a solid deflection to send a Spezia shot toward a goal over following a breakdown on a Juventus attacking possession that turned over and turned directly into a Spezia attack. Demiral contributed two clearances, three blocked shots, two interceptions, one tackle, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, one accurate long ball, and one shot on target. Demiral was penalized with a yellow card in the 90’+6.


Alex Sandro - 6

Alex Sandro’s performance was less than memorable, but not really any fault of the Brazilians. More so due to the inability of the Spezia attack to get much going on the offensive end. That being said the stand-in captain was solid statistically. Sandro contributed five clearances, two interceptions, two tackles, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, and six accurate long balls.


Gianluca Frabotta - 5

The Italian youth was a late addition to the starting squad following an injury to Matthijs De Ligt during warmups. To make matters worse Frabotta tallied an early yellow card in the 10’ of play that will leave the player out as an option against Lazio for a defensive front already decimated by injuries. To make matters worse later in the final minutes of the half, Frabotta was visibly shaken up during a collision tallying an additional injury for the Juventus defensive staff. Frabotta contributed two tackles, two ground duels won, and one aerial duel won. Gianluca was substituted for Federico Bernardeschi in the 62’.

Federico Chiesa - 7

Chiesa had a handful of early potential opportunities to score but was only able to finish on one where even the Italian knew he was dreadfully offside in the 8’. He sustained an apparent injury in the 24’ following a tackle from Spezia’s Gyasi. After working to create during a long first half the Italian was rewarded with a well-placed cross from Bernardeschi where Chiesa was able to eventually score following an initial shot blocked by the keeper. Chiesa contributed one goal, two key passes, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, two shots on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, one successful dribble, one big chance missed, six ground duels won, one offsides, one interception, and four tackles. Federico Chiesa was substituted off for Aaron Ramsey in the 72’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 6

The Uruguayan delivered a beautiful pass in the final minutes of the match to Cristiano Ronaldo for the match sealing a 3-0 lead and an assist for himself. Bentancur contributed one assist, one key pass, four accurate long balls, one big chance created, one successful dribble, one ground duel won, five clearances, and one blocked shot.


Adrien Rabiot - 5

The Frenchman had the fairly traditional ‘there, but not all that special’ Adrien Rabiot trademark game.. Rabiot contributed three accurate long balls, one shot blocked, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one clearance, one interception, and three tackles.

Weston McKennie - 5.5

The American had a fairly anonymous game that was more remembered for the insertion of his replacement that turned the game around rather than his personal performance on the field. McKennie contributed one key pass, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, one clearance, two interceptions, and one tackle. Weston McKennie was substituted off for Alvaro Morata in the 60’.


Dejan Kulusevski - 6

Kulusevski and Chiesa did their best during the first half to create scoring opportunities for the home side; including a cross in the box in the 45’ where the Swede placed the ball neatly in reach of the goal for other players to capitalize, but no other Bianconeri in the area made it to the ball in time before it was cleared away. Kulusevski contributed four shots blocked, one successful dribble, three key passes, one accurate cross, six ground duels won one aerial duel won and two tackles. Dejan Kulusevski was substituted off for Alessandro Di Pardo in the 88’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 6.5

Ronaldo saw his first shot at a goal ricocheting off of the right post in the 41’. Another blunder saw a wasted chance in the 58’ when Ronaldo created a long pass to Kulusevski in the final third of the field, the Swedish player delivered a well-placed pass back to Ronaldo in scoring range in the box, but was clumsily kicked away without a shot attempt. In a shocking turn of events in the 77’ Ronaldo took a free kick that did not go directly into the wall, but was served by the Spezia keeper. Finally, in the 89’ the Portuguese was able to break through following a pass from Rodrigo Bentancur to deliver a great shot past the keeper for a 3-0 lead. Ronaldo contributed one goal, three shots on target, two shots off target, two shots blocked, two successful dribbles, one key pass, one accurate long ball, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two offsides, and two clearances.

Substitutions


Alvaro Morata (↔️Weston McKennie) - 7

Immediately following the insertion into the lineup Bernardeschi created and delivered a cross to Morata for a score, the referee initially called it offside but was granted the 1-0 lead following a VAR review. The call gave Morata his first Serie A goal of the season and new meaning to the Al(VAR)o meme. Morata contributed one goal, one shot on target, one key pass, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, one clearance, and one tackle.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️Gianluca Frabotta) - 7

Bernardeschi came into the field and was a huge part in creating scoring opportunities for the club. The Italian delivered both crosses beautifully to Morata and Chiesa for a goal each and was an injection of adrenaline into the maligned offense. Bernardeschi contributed one assist, three key passes, one accurate cross, two big chances created, one ground duel won, and one clearance.


Aaron Ramsey (↔️Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Alessandro Di Pardo (↔️Dejan Kulusevski) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.



Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6.5

A lackluster first half was turned around with the injection of Alvaro Morata and Federico Bernardeschi into the game immediately taking the lead. Pirlo is currently handicapped by all of the handicapped players recovering in the wings at J Medical.

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