We are not dead yet! Juventus continued its quest to cling to life and remain in the running to finish with a top-four spot and save a potential Champions League birth. Juve now needs some help from the likes for Fiorentina or *gulp* Hellas Verona to draw or defeat Napoli in the coming week. Fino Alla fine!
Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.
Wojciech Szczesny - 6
Szczesny was easily defeated by Romelu Lukaku in the 35’ with a penalty kick that leveled against Juventus’ narrow lead. Tek got lucky on a shanked Lautaro Martinez shot toward the goal in the 51’, but the shot just flew barely high of the crossbar. The Polish keeper made a solid save in the 58’ on the free-kick by Eriksen after the Bianconeri were set to play down a man. Tek made a massive save in the 82’ when a Vecino header was placed directly on goal. Szczesny contributed two saves, one successful run out, one save from inside the box, ten accurate long balls, and one clearance.
Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6
Danilo took a deep shot toward the goal in the 32’, but was far wide left of the goal and out of reach for Ronaldo to get into position to capitalize on a potential assist. Danilo gave an embarrassingly poor attempt at a shot from inside of the box that ricocheted off of his foot far away from goal. Danilo contributed two clearances, three ground duels won, one key pass, two accurate crosses, two accurate long balls, two shots off target, one successful dribble, and one big chance missed.
Matthijs De Ligt - 6.5
A poorly run De Ligt defense caught Martinez’s backheel in the box with his foot and gifted Inter with a penalty that Lukaku easily beat Szczesny on in the 35’. The Dutch defender came up huge in the 74’ clearing a ball directly in front of the goal line before Martinez could tuck it away, but also left himself open to the spikes of Lautaro Martinez's boot. De Ligt continued to deliver two huge clearances in the final fifteen minutes of the match. De Ligt contributed two clearances, three interceptions, one tackle, one penalty committed, five ground duels won, and one accurate long ball.
Giorgio Chiellini - 6
Chiellini petitioned for and received a penalty following a VAR review of actions inside the box where Darmian gave a solid American football-style tackle on the defender. Chiellini came up big on a defensive breakdown by Danilo and saw Szczesny vacating the goal. The Inter attacker was in range and the ball was falling in toward the direction of the goal in the 47’, but Chiellini saved the moment and headed the ball back out towards the Brazilian for clearance. In the worst possible turn of events at the end of the match, Chiellini was given a yellow card for holding on Lukaku while also delivering a poor clearance that ended up rolling into the Juventus goal and gifting the 2-2 equalizer to Inter in the 84’. Chiellini contributed two clearances, two blocked shots, six interceptions, one own goal, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, five accurate long balls, and one penalty won. Chiellini was penalized with a yellow card in the 85’.
Alex Sandro - 5.5
Alex Sandro wins today’s forgettable performance of the day. Whether that is a positive or a negative thing can be taken either way. He didn’t deliver two huge goals like in the past, but also did not shoot the team in the foot today either. Sandro contributed one clearance and four accurate long balls.
Juan Cuadrado - 8
The Colombian came up absolutely monstrously in the final moments of extra time in the first half and bombed a stunner into a goal to return the lead to Juventus 2-1 at the half. Following the absolute breakdown at the end of the game by Giorgio Chiellini and the Juventus defense, Juan Cuadrado stepped up and said “I’m winning this f--king thing.” Cuadrado earned a penalty on an attack he made inside the box and then tucked away from the penalty kick on his own to give Juventus the late 3-2 lead. Juan Cuadrado was the man of the match. Cuadrado contributed two goals, two key passes, two accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, two shots on target, one successful dribble, one penalty won, seven ground duels won one clearance, and two interceptions. Cuadrado was penalized with a yellow card in the 90’.
Rodrigo Bentancur - 4.5
In the laughable call of the day moment for Juventus, the referee decided to call a weak shoulder into the fragile Romelu Lukaku. Giving Juventus a deficit of one man for the remaining thirty-five minutes of regulation. Bentancur contributed two accurate long balls, one ground duel won, one interception, and one tackle. Bentancur was penalized with a yellow card in the 20’, then a second yellow card and sent off with a red in the 55’ for a shouldering on Lukaku.
Adrien Rabiot - 6.5
Rabiot thwarted an Inter attack when things were getting nerve-wracking in the 33’ and was able to poke the ball away and set for a clean clearance. Rabiot attempted a header on a cross delivered in the box at the 45’+1, but was too slow and saved by Handanovic. Rabiot contributed two accurate long balls, one shot on target, two successful dribbles, seven ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and four tackles.
Federico Chiesa - 5.5
The Italian winger has been given praise throughout the season for his energetic style of play and contributions on the field, but in the spirit of remaining unbiased, the player has looked to be a shadow of his former self since returning from his latest injury. Even when he's not contributing as the second-highest scorer of the squad, Chiesa can usually be witnessed creating for his teammates and wearing the other team down with his running. Though for a majority of the match his activity appeared to occur in no man’s land. Chiesa contributed one key pass, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, one shot off target, two shots blocked, one ground duel won, and one tackle. Chiesa was substituted off for Merih Demiral in the 70’.
Dejan Kulusevski - 4.5
I would say this decision was perplexing, but honestly after seeing so many questionable decisions this season the decision to start Kulusevski over Morata or Dybala alongside Ronaldo is just par for the course. Unfortunately, I found myself to be correct as Kulu delivered a listful performance for a majority of the first half of the play. The Swedish player started out by bumbling away an early chance on goal in the 12’, but was placed directly in the path for Skriniar to clear away. In the 39’ minute Ronaldo single-handedly dribbled into the box taking three defenders on by himself while attempting to set up and assist on the goal, and the Swede embarrassingly sat back and failed to give any sign of intent to back up the attack that would have surely set up for a shot on goal. Kulusevski did deliver the pass that set up that final shot and goal by Cuadrado before halftime. Kulusevski contributed two shots blocked, one big chance missed, and one key pass. Kulusevski was penalized with a yellow card in the 13’. Dejan Kulusevski was substituted off for Weston McKennie in the 58’.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 6
Ronaldo came up huge following a VAR review that awarded Juventus with a penalty kick in the 24’ where the keeper saved the initial penalty kick, but Ronaldo continued on the follow-through to put back the opening score of the match. For all of the bluster Ronaldo receives from this column in matches where it is deserved, his coach made one of the greatest headscratchers of a move when he pulled the Portuguese star right in the heat of the biggest moments of the season. Ronaldo contributed one goal, two shots on target, two successful dribbles, one penalty miss, one key pass, and two ground duels won. Ronaldo was substituted off for Alvaro Morata in the 70’.
Weston McKennie (↔️ Dejan Kulusevski) - N/A
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Merih Demiral (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A
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Merih Demiral (↔️ Cristiano Ronaldo) - N/A
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Andrea Pirlo - 6
I was disrespecting Pirlo’s decisions throughout the match, especially the decision to pull Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Chiesa from the match midway through the second half, but his defensive plan worked in the end. Granted, it was given from the heroics of Juan Cuadrado in the end. Though I stand by my critique to start Dejan Kulusevski and wasting Paulo Dybala's talents and previous successes against Inter.
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