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PLAYER RATINGS: JUVENTUS 3-1 PARMA

I began writing this article before halftime planning to open with a comment on how Bianconeri fans were seeing something they have not seen in almost over a decade: a Juventus team quit on the season. And for the first forty minutes, it appeared that the squad was doing just that. Fortuitously, the squad made a massive turnaround to seal the 3-1 victory through the remaining time this matchday and remained secure enough in the top four of the league. If that falters even a little in the coming weeks I wonder if Agnelli will feel pressured to make a move. Especially following the Super League travesty fans have endured the last 48 hours or so. Next up is a redemption match against Fiorentina in Florence on Sunday following the 3-0 drubbing they serve Juventus at home earlier this season.


Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.


Starters


Gianluigi Buffon - 6

Not completely his fault, but the Italian legend was in a poor position and unable to stop the free kick taken by Brugman for the opening score of the match in the 25’. Buffon easily tapped over a header by Karamoh in the 81’ that was dangerous all the same. Buffon contributed one save, one save from inside of the box, five accurate long balls, and one ground duel won.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6.5

Danilo gave a great challenge on Gervinho in the 59’ on an attack by the Parma striker that seemed sure to strike a dangerous chord with the Juventus defense, but the Brazilian cooly picked the player’s pocket and subsided any Juve alarms. The Brazilian also gave more than an effort to deliver some crosses into the box to attempt to set up his teammates for an additional goal. Danilo contributed two clearances, five tackles, five ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two key passes, two accurate crosses, three accurate long balls, and one big chance created.


Matthijs De Ligt - 7.5

De Ligt received the cross from Cuadrado’s corner in the 33’ and headed it into the box perfectly timed with Alex Sandro’s run across and was able to capitalize for the goal and tallying an assist for De Ligt. Matthijs De Ligt scored his first goal of the season later in the match off of a Cuadrado corner that was perfectly placed for the Dutchman to head into the goal. De Ligt had a solid additional takeaway and clearance in the 86’ to save a dangerous Parma assault. De Ligt contributed one goal, one assist, eight clearances, one interception, one ground duel won, four aerial duels won, one key pass, four accurate long balls, one shot on target, and one successful dribble.


Leonardo Bonucci - 6

The Italian captain had about as vanilla of a game as I can recall, nothing too terrible, yet nothing great to write home about either. Bonucci played a header in the 36’ on a cross from Alex Sandro went just wide and left of the goal post in a time where the goal was a necessity. Bonucci contributed one interception, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, five accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one big chance missed.


Alex Sandro - 8

Alex Sandro scored the first goal for Juventus in the 44’, delivered from a Matthijs De Ligt header that was placed perfectly for the Brazilian to collect and deliver the equalizer to the back of the net. And he wasn’t done there. Early in the second half, Cuadrado delivered a cross in the box toward Paulo Dybala, but it fortuitously traveled past the Argentinian and into Sandro’s well-placed grasp where he was able to easily tap the ball in for the leading goal in the 47’. Sandro’s first-ever brace for the club. Sandro contributed two goals, two clearances, one tackle, five ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two key passes, one accurate cross, five accurate long balls, one big chance created, two shots on target, one shot off target, and two successful dribbles.


Juan Cuadrado - 7

Juan Cuadrado thrives in the midfield and I would argue he should remain there leaving his position starting in the defense so that he can continue to focus on delivering crosses and corner kicks as per his specialty. The corner kick from Juan Cuadrado set up for the chain of events that led to the eventual equalizer by Alex Sandro in the 33’ following the cross that connected with Matthijs