PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 3 - 1 SASSUOLO

Following this afternoon’s 2-2 draw between Roma and Inter and Wednesday’s takedown of table leader AC Milan, the match against Sassuolo was a game of opportunity for the Bianconeri. An opportunity to catch the two teams standing between The Old Lady and the Rossoneri at the top. Following a similar trend to the match we witnessed in July an initial goal by Danilo put the Bianconeri up 1-0 on the Neroverdi, before an equalizer was allowed by the De Ligt-less defensive front. Fortunately a Frabotta-assisted goal scored by Aaron Ramsey and a last second score from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the match and points for the Torino squad in Allianz Stadium. The victory brings Juventus within one point of 3rd place Roma, four points off 2nd place Inter, and seven points off Milan.


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 - 5

What appeared to be a fairly restful night for the goalkeeper came crashing down at the 58’ when the Polish keeper, Bonucci, and Demiral all failed to close in on a pass to Defrel who easily struck for the equalizing score to put the match at 1-1. Tek contributed one save, one save from inside of the box, one accurate long ball, and conceded one goal.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 7

For the first fifty minutes of the match the defensive players for Juventus outside of Bonucci remained all but anonymous. That moment changed at the 51’ when Danilo delivered one of the biggest ‘NO...NO.. YES!’ moments of the season delivering a rocket only last seen from the player on his birthday during the July match against.. Sassuolo. Danilo contributed one goal, one assist, one clearance, one interception, six tackles, six ground duels won, one key pass, four accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, and one shot off target.

Leonardo Bonucci - 6

Bonucci played a beautiful ball on a chance for star Cristiano Ronaldo, who continued on a great run, but Sassuolo defender Chiriches made an even better defensive block at the 25’. Bonucci was a party to the disastrous breakdown by the Juventus defense that allowed the equalizing blow at the 58’ by Defrel. But Bonucci was also guilty of an almost devastating second defensive breakdown that would have allowed the Neroverdi to score a second goal, but Tek made the much needed stop. Bonucci contributed two clearances, two tackles, two ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two key passes, three accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, and one shot off target. Bonucci was penalized with a yellow card for hauling back Caputo on a flagrant foul at the 12’.


Merih Demiral - 6.5

In place of the COVID positive De Ligt, the Turkish defender stepped in amid recent rumors of a potential desire to be shipped out of Turin for a new team with more playing time. Outside of the defense’s collapse on an early equalizer the Turkish defender played his role and made good on the minutes provided. Demiral contributed two clearances, two blocked shots, two interceptions, two tackles, two ground duels won, one accurate long ball, one shot on target, one shot blocked and one big chance missed.


Gianluca Frabotta - 6

Frabotta was the latest to suffer from a gut wrenching missed opportunity Frabotta was penalized with a yellow card for pulling Muldur prior to a shot attempt on a run out, but rewarded Sassuolo with a free kick at the 71’. Frabotta later made up for the blunder by delivering a gorgeous assist to Aaron Ramsey at the 82’ that the Welshman propelled into the back of the net for the 2-1 lead. Frabotta contributed one assist, three interceptions, one key pass, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, and one shot off target.

Federico Chiesa - 6

Federico Chiesa was assaulted on a malicious challenge by Sassuolo player Obiang at the ankle that brought the Italian to tears. Surprisingly, following the attack the Italian winger found the ability to remain the game while a VAR review booked the Sassuolo player with a red card and subsequent ejection. Chiesa missed a big chance at the 66’ to retake the lead when his shot clipped the post and ricocheted away from the goal. Chiesa contributed one key pass, one shot off target, four successful dribbles, five ground duels won, one interception, and one tackle. Chiesa was substituted off for Federico Bernardeschi at the 86’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 5

The Uruguayan of 2019/20 has yet to make his permanent return to the starting lineup and his propensity to get penalized with a yellow here and there means it was a short night for the player to keep from earning a red. Bentancur contributed one key pass, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, one ground duel won, and one clearance in a half played. Bentancur was penalized with a yellow card for a foul on Duricic in the 34’. Bentancur was substituted for Adrien Rabiot at the 46’.


Arthur Melo - 5.5

The Brazilian gave up an egregiously bad pass attempt that was picked off by the Sassuolo defender in the final third of the field at the 31’ and continued to struggle to get into a strong rhythm of production for the Bianconeri. Melo contributed two key passes, three accurate long balls, one blocked shot, two ground duels won, three interceptions, and one tackle.

Weston McKennie - N/A

The American started the night out on a high note with a great play on the ball and a back heel pass at the 10’ to attempt to assist to Frabotta that unluckily had an unlucky shot deflect over the goal. Unfortunately an early injury hampered McKennie and his play for the night was cut short. Weston McKennie was substituted for Aaron Ramsey at the 19’. McKennie contributed one key pass, two successful dribbles, two ground duels won, and one interception.


Paulo Dybala - 5.5

The Argentinian played less than a half in a match that saw him sustain further injury to his knee and left the player’s immediate playing future up in the air. Dybala contributed one key pass, one accurate cross, ine accurate long ball, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, and one tackle. Dybala was substituted off for Dejan Kulusevski after suffering an injury at the 42’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 6

Ronaldo’s header just ricocheted off target at the 8’. The spell of unfortunate luck continued in the 25’ when Bonucci delivered the Portuguese star a beautiful ball, but opposing defender Chiriches chased the attacker down and was successful on the stop. Ronaldo’s poor first half showing continued as the attacker failed to finish an easy goal provided by Merih Demiral at the 45’+2. Ronaldo’s struggles continued on a missed opportunity when he was taken down by the goalkeeper early in the second half and then again at the 73’ when a beautiful pass attempt for an assist by Kulusevski was shot directly into the keeper’s arms. It was a tough night for the striker, but ended on a high note when the acclaimed scorer was able to find the back of the net in the final seconds of play at the 90+2’. Ronaldo contributed one goal, three shots on target, two shots off target, one shot blocked, four successful dribbles, two big chances missed, one key pass, one accurate long ball, four ground duels won, and two aerial duels won.

Substitutions


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Weston McKennie) - 7

Ramsey was substituted on early in the game for an injury hampered Weston McKennie at the 19’. In the 33’ Ramsey was subject of a heated spat between himself and Chiriches when the defender all but ripped the blue shirt off of the midfielder in an attempt to stop the Juventus player’s progress. Ramsey made up for Ronaldo’s off night by cashing in a wondrous assist courtesy of Frabotta at the 82’ to retake the lead against an undermanned Sassuolo. Ramsey contributed one goal, four key passes, two accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, two big chances created, one shot on target, one shot off target, two blocked shots, on successful dribble, three ground duels won, and one tackle. Ramsey was then substituted off for Alvaro Morata at the 86’.


Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Paulo Dybala) - 5.5

The Swedish player was substituted in at the end of the first half following an injury pulled Paulo Dybala from the match at the 42’. Kulusevski missed a huge chance before the break on an empty goal shooting wildly above the crossbar that could have taken a lead. Kulusevski delivered a beautiful pass attempt for an assist to Ronaldo at the 73’ that the striker failed to capitalize on and shot directly into the keeper’s waiting reach. Kulusevski contributed four key passes, one big chance created, one shot off target, one shot blocked, one successful dribble, one big chance missed, and one ground duel won. Kulusevski was booked with a yellow card for a takedown at the 79’.

Adrien Rabiot (↔️ Rodrigo Bentancur) - 5.5

Rabiot entered the match in relief for yellow card prone Bentancur at the half and had a quiet match in the midfield. Rabiot contributed one key pass, one shot off target, one successful dribble, three ground duels won, two clearances, and two tackles.


Alvaro Morata (↔️ Aaron Ramsey) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6

Given all of the struggles his star player was having as well as other injury setbacks, the Italian legend made adjustments as well as he could and grasped victory and points from the jaws of a draw.



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