PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 3-1 GENOA

The quest for futility continues as the Bianconero win another match to retain their position in the top four of the league and thus in the Champions League. The victory puts the club at 62 points as of writing this and in sole possession of the third place. One point behind AC Milan and twelve off of Inter Milano. Next up is Atalanta, next Sunday 04/18 at 9:00 pm.


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 - 6

A defensive breakdown allowed former Juventus target Gianluca Scamacca to score a header in the opening moments of the second half to cut the Genoa deficit to one. Tek had a huge save on a potential equalizer in the 55’. Otherwise, the keeper and defense held firm and assisted in sealing the Juventus victory. Szczesny contributed two saves, one punch, one save from inside the box, two accurate long balls, and one clearance.


Juan Cuadrado - 6

The Colombian started off the match strong by delivering the opening score assist to Dejan Kulusevski for the goal in the 4’. Cuadrado contributed one assist, one clearance, one interception, one tackle, four ground duels won, two key passes, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, and three successful dribbles. Juan Cuadrado was substituted off for Alex Sandro at halftime. Cuadrado was penalized with a yellow card in the 20’ for a handball.


Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5

Scamacca may have gotten away with a push on the back of De Ligt at the beginning of the second half that allowed the Genoan club to get on the board. The defense remained sturdy and held on throughout the following minutes of the second half that saw a surge in an attack by Genoa, keeping any potential equalizers at bay. De Ligt contributed three clearances, one blocked shot, two tackles, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, six accurate long balls, and one shot on target.

Giorgio Chiellini - 6

The defense held strong under the captainship of Chiellini barring the early second-half breakdown against Scamacca’s header, though the score may have been assisted by a bit of unfair play pushing down De Ligt and opening up the necessary space. Chiellini contributed four clearances, one interception, two ground duels own, one aerial duel won, five accurate long balls, and one successful dribble.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

Danilo delivered a spectacular assist pass to Weston McKennie in the 71’ that set up a runout and eventual third score for the club. Danilo contributed one assist, five clearances, one blocked shot, one interception, one aerial duel won, three key passes, two accurate long balls, and one big chance created.


Dejan Kulusevski - 6.5

The Swedish player started the match on a high note scoring the opening goal of the match and gaining the club a 1-0 lead. Kulusevski contributed one goal, one key pass, two accurate crosses, two shots on target, one successful dribble, three ground duels own, one aerial duel won, and one interception. Dejan Kulusevski was substituted off for Weston McKennie in the 68’. Kulusevski was penalized with a yellow card in the 37’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 6

There is always that one player I almost always have no recollection of on the pitch that day. The fault is more than likely my own, but Rodrigo wins that award today. Bentancur contributed five key passes, two accurate crosses, four accurate long balls, two successful dribbles, one aerial duel won, two ground duels won, and one clearance.


Adrien Rabiot - 6

Rabiot is showing his consistency in the position of a defensive midfielder, though offensive output and creativity is still lacking. Rabiot contributed one key pass, one accurate long ball, one shot on target, two shots off target, three successful dribbles, eight ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two interceptions, and four tackles. Adrien Rabiot was substituted off for Aaron Ramsey in the 84’.

Federico Chiesa - 6

The Italian started a sequence of events that eventually led to the second score of the match as Chiesa had an initial shot blocked which led to a Ronaldo ricochet, and an eventual score by Morata. The score was all made possible by the instrumental hustle and effort in winning the ball and setting up the additional shots to be taken. Chiesa contributed one key pass, one accurate long ball, three shots on target, one shot blocked, two successful dribbles, one big chance missed, three ground duels won, and one clearance. Federico Chiesa was substituted off for Arthur Melo in the 74’.


Alvaro Morata - 6.5

The Spaniard was finally able to find his groove in the 22’ after a sequence of events that saw Federico Chiesa’s shot blocked by Perin, the following shot by Ronaldo deflected off the post, and finally, Morata finished the faux Ronaldo assist for the second score of the match. Morata contributed one goal, one shot on target, two shots off target, two key passes, three ground duels won, one clearance, and two tackles.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 5.5

The star striker struggled to make much happen early in the match but was assisted by strong scoring performances by Dejan Kulusevski, Alvaro Morata, and Weston McKennie to comfortably seal the victory for the club. Ronaldo, desperate to get on the scoring sheet, just barely missed a header away from in the 90’+1 and followed it up missing a pass attempt from Chiellini in the following moments to try to get something to pad his current Serie A goalscorer lead. Ronaldo contributed two shots on target, three shots off target, one shot blocked, five successful dribbles, one hit the woodwork, one big chance missed, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, seven ground duels won, and one clearance.


Substitutions


Alex Sandro (↔️ Juan Cuadrado) - 5.5

A shot by Alex Sandro was deflected by Perin up and over the crossbar as the Brazilian attempted to add a fourth goal of the match for the club. Sandro contributed two clearances, one interception, one tackle, one ground duel won, one key pass, three accurate long balls, one shot on target, one shot blocked, and one big chance missed. Alex Sandro was penalized with a yellow card in the 82’.


Weston McKennie (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski) - 6.5

The American came on in the 68’ and did not take long to make a splash. In the 71’, McKennie was the recipient of a solid deep pass from Danilo that put the player in position for a runout and goal score. Genoa players were sure of offside on the goal, but the referee and VAR confirmed that it was a legal score. McKennie contributed


Paulo Dybala (↔️ Alvaro Morata) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Arthur Melo (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Adrien Rabiot) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6

I will never truly understand the value Andrea Pirlo sees in starting Adrien Rabiot and even Bentancur consistently. Especially while leaving Arthur and Weston McKennie on the bench. McKennie proved the point when he was inserted into the match and almost immediately injected another goal-scoring performance into the game. Overall it was a coaching performance that did enough to win the game, but has Maestro actually put together a plan for growth and development for the club in the long run?



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