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PLAYER RATINGS: NAPOLI 1-0 JUVENTUS

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Back into the pit of misery. In 90’+ minutes the Bianconero did all they could to save Rino Gattuso’s job and quite possibly put the final nail in the 10th scudetto coffin. With the way that Milan and Inter are performing in Serie A, lacking any sort of usual blunders against the mid to lower-tier clubs in the league, it looks even less likely that the club will be able to regain the ground it is already missing to clinch top spot.


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

The Polish keeper had very little to do during this game as the Napoli attack created very little for the club to have to worry about, but in the one moment of need (granted penalties are coin flip games of chance), Tek allowed the Insigne penalty score that won the match for the worst club in Italy. Szczesny contributed one save and two accurate long balls.


Juan Cuadrado - 5.5

The Colombian attempted to create something in the first half but was hampered by an injury that would see him pulled from the action. Cuadrado contributed one interception, one tackle, two ground duels won, one offsides, and one key pass. The Colombian was substituted for Alex Sandro at the start of the second half as it appeared he had aggravated an injury. Cuadrado was penalized with a yellow card in the 44’ for a takedown of Chucky Lozano.


Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5

The Dutch defender and the defense were far from the problem for the club tonight, but De Ligt did very little to help the club move forward in creating goal-scoring opportunities given the lack of production from the Napoli attack. De Ligt contributed two clearances, one blocked shot, one interception, one tackle, two ground duels won, three aerial duels won, four accurate long balls and one blocked shot.


Giorgio Chiellini - 6

The Italian captain had a less than a great chain of events in the first half for Chiellini as he gave up a penalty in the 29’ receiving a yellow card for a hand to the face of a Napoli attacker in the box and giving Lorenzo Insigne his 100th goal for the side from the Detroit of Italy. Chiellini was offside for the potential equalizer in the 61’ for the Morata goal that canceled it out. The Italian was a bit of an anomaly to rate because he had one of the better overall statistical performances for the club, but also committed the two most egregious mistakes that led to the defeat. Chiellini contributed two blocked shots, four interceptions, four tackles, one penalty committed, five ground duels won, three aerial duels won, one offsides, five accurate long balls, and one shot off target.

Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

The defense was anything but the reason for the loss. But as the majority of the game went, in the waning minutes when Juventus needed to create most, the Brazilian eased a pass directly to the Napoli defender for the takeaway in the 87’. Danilo contributed one clearance, two interceptions, three tackles, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, one accurate long ball, one shot blocked, and one successful dribble.


Federico Bernardeschi -</