PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 4 - 1 UDINESE

Following what can only be described as an embarrassment against Fiorentina, the Bianconeri returned to action in the friendly confines of Allianz Stadium. Udinese came out swinging on a disallowed goal by potential Juventus target Rodrigo de Paul. But the Bianconeri rebounded following the VAR disallowance and closed out the match with a 3-0 victory and three points as the club claws its way back up the table. The match was a perfect rebound and a much needed tune-up for the upcoming showdown with top of the table rival AC Milan as Juve resumed its assault for Scudetto number ten in a row.


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 - 5.5

Tek started his day getting saved by VAR for what feels like the first time after a handball assist allowed Rodrigo de Paul to score a cancelled goal at the 10’. Shortly after the Ronaldo score, the Polish keeper cleaned up on his own collecting the last ditch effort shot at the 32’ made by the greatest Italian footballer name in the sport, Kevin Lasagna. Szczesny collected another hazardous shot on goal at the 62’. Tek and Bonucci combined for a great stop on a cross from Udinese at the 76’ to attempt to keep the sheet clean. Unfortunately, a late breakdown allowed a Zeegelaar goal to crash the defensive party. Tek contributed two saves, two saves from inside the box, two accurate long balls, and one interception.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 7

See the first sentence for Bonucci to summarize the entire defense on the first play. Danilo overall had a decent match and was one of the reasons with (surprisingly) Bonucci that the defense came close to keeping a clean sheet. Danilo contributed one assist, three clearances, one blocked shot, five interceptions, two tackles, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, three key passes, six accurate long balls, and one big chance created.

Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5

See the first sentence for Bonucci to summarize the entire defense on the first play. Not to be overly critical, but it felt like the Dutch defender and a lot of the defense played this match on autopilot, even allowing that final goal to ruin the clean sheet. De Ligt contributed two clearances, one interception, three tackles, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and two accurate long balls. De Ligt was penalized with a yellow card at the 64’.


Leonardo Bonucci - 6

The defense as a group started out shaky, as if the ghosts of Fiorentina continued to weigh on the club past the holiday break. A disallowed goal traveled past each defender before it found its way into the back of the net courtesy of Rodrigo de Paul. Following the early discrepancy the captain worked to redeem himself following the Fiorentina throttling the defense endured. Bonucci contributed three clearances, two blocked shots, two interceptions, one ground duel won, two aerial duels won, and one blocked shot. Bonucci was substituted off for Captain Giogio Chiellini at the 83’.


Alex Sandro - 5.5

See the first sentence for Bonucci to summarize the entire defense on the first play. Every match there also seems to be one or two players that, while not particularly bad, are forgettable on the field. Sandro won that distinction today. Sandro contributed two interceptions, one tackle, two ground duels won, two key passes, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, and one big chance created. Alex Sandro was substituted out for Gianluca Frabotta at the 83’.

Weston McKennie - 5.5

Weston McKennie had a bit of a regression game for the rising fan favorite and was pulled fairly early in the second half. The American contributed one key pass, one ground duel won, two clearance, three interceptions, and one tackle. McKennie was booked with a yellow card for a lunge on Samir at the 33’. McKennie was substituted for Arthur Melo at the 65’.


Federico Chiesa - 8

Chiesa began the match combining an assist attempt that Ramsey failed to capitalize on with a yellow card moments later for pulling the arm of an attacking Udinese player. Federico Chiesa continued to show Juventus fans why he is on a path to be the next Italian great at the club, finishing a beautiful drive delivered from Cristiano Ronaldo to double the club’s lead over Udinese at the 49’. Chiesa contributed one goal, three key passes, two accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, two big chances created, two shots on target, one shot off target, two shots blocked, five ground duels won, one offsides call, and two tackles.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 7

The Uruguayan is returning to form as one of the most reliable members of a rebuilding midfield group. Bentancur contributed one assist, four key passes, one accurate long ball, four accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, four ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two clearances, one interception, and three tackles.

Aaron Ramsey - 6.5

Ramsey started the game by missing a gift of a chance at an early goal in the 7’ when Chiesa collected a Dybala deflection for an attempted earned assist. Ramsey earned an assist for the Ronaldo goal at the 33’. Regardless of the outcome, Ramsey had a beautiful play on the ball after getting a shot blocked at the 53’, collected himself and the ball while surrounded by defenders, and finished the goal alone. Unfortunately the deflected shot hit the Wales native’s arm and VAR then disallowed the goal. Ramsey contributed one disallowed goal, one assist, two key passes, one accurate cross, three long balls, one big chance created, three shots on target, one shot blocked, five ground duels won, one clearance, one interception, three tackles, and one error that led to a shot.


Paulo Dybala- 5

It is a shame to say this and it is a statement all Juventus fans know to be true, but this season’s Paulo Dybala is a ghost of his 19/20 self. The Argentinian looks lost on the pitch and any attack he makes against the opposing defense is easily dismantled before a meaningful advance can take place. At times it feels as if there are three teams out on the pitch: Juventus, Udinese, and Pualo Dybala doing whatever it is on his own…. And here comes the fourth wall break, yes, I wrote this prior to the late game ending goal scored by Dybala. It was great, I loved it. He needs more of this to get back to the Paulo we enjoyed last season, but it remains that the prior ninety minutes were less than good. That being said I hope this gives him some much needed confidence going forward. Dybala contributed one goal, two shots on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, two key passes, four accurate long balls, seven ground duels won, and two tackles.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 8.5

The solid early effort on a shot just wide of the goal at the 4’, but got it done on a beautiful run out to open up legal scoring at the 31’. Ronaldo assisted in Chiesa’s early second half goal with a great delivery at the 49’. The Portugese striker tallied in his second goal of the evening at the 70’ to add the exclamation to the much needed victory. Ronaldo contributed two goals, one assist, two shots on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, two key passes, one accurate cross, one big chance created, five ground duels won, and one tackle.


Substitutions


Arthur Melo (↔️ Weston McKennie) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

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Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Aaron Ramsey) - N/A

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Giorgio Chiellini (↔️ Leonardo Bonucci) - N/A

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Gianluca Frabotta (↔️ Alex Sandro) - N/A

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Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 7

A solid return to form for a Pirlo-coached side that was embarrassed off their own field the last time they took to the pitch before Christmas. The true test of growth for player and coach comes Wednesday when the club travels to Milan to take on the Rossoneri.


Follow Justin Soforo on Twitter @JustinSoforo


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