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.
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 - 5.5
Bernardeschi delivered a beautiful through the pass in the 9’ to Ronaldo that the Portuguese player was held from progressing, otherwise would have been a huge opportunity for an early score. But things became a lot less beautiful in the remaining thirty-eight minutes of the first half. The Italian continued to attempt to create but was unable to find any success in the second half. Bernardeschi contributed three key passes, three accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, one shot off target, two successful dribbles, two ground duels won, and one interception. Bernardeschi was substituted for Weston McKennie in the 63’.
Rodrigo Bentancur - 5.5
In the 21’, Bentancur made a great stop to save a run off of a clumsy Juve pass that turned into a Napoli interception. But the Juventus midfield continues to struggle to create much of anything to get the club into a prominent scoring position and does its best to make a 1-0 deficit feel mountainous. The Uruguayan contributed one accurate long ball, two aerial duels won, one blocked shot, and one interception. Bentancur was substituted for Dejan Kulusevski in the 72’.
Adrien Rabiot - 6
The Frenchman continues to be a serviceable midfielder for the club, which says a lot more about the player than it would have a year ago. Rabiot contributed two accurate long balls, two shots off target, five ground duels won, two aerial duels won, one interception, and four tackles. Rabiot was penalized with a yellow card in the 90’+3 and will miss the Crotone match.
Federico Chiesa - 6.5
Chiesa made multiple questionable actions in the first half including a terrible shot attempt that was far and continued at the start of the second half, booting a pass far left and out of bounds at the 48’. In a show of frustration, Chiesa booted a shot way off and above goal in the 90’+5. But for the most part, the Italian charted out as the best performing member of the club this evening, which all in all says very little. Chiesa contributed four key passes, five accurate crosses, four accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, three shots off target, four successful dribbles, six ground duels won, and two interceptions.
Alvaro Morata - 6
The Spaniard seems to be years away from the player Juventus fans grew to rely on in the early weeks of the season, scoring almost at will. Morata had a potential equalizer wiped off when Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini was ruled offside in the 61’. Morata then made Meret look like Buffon in his prime delivering a shot the keeper stopped from equalizing with his faltering shins in the 86’. Morata contributed one shot on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, one big chance missed, four key passes, and one interception.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 6
Stop me if you have heard this before: Ronaldo free-kick directly into the wall at 45’+2. Because: of course. During a terrible defensive lapse by Napoli, Ronaldo failed to put any power into a shot on goal, gifting the save to the Napoli keeper by placing it directly into his chest in the 49’. The Portuguese star continued to make Meret look like a star in the 89’, delivering a header directly into his waiting mitts. Ronaldo contributed four shots on target, three shots off target, two shots blocked, two successful dribbles, one big chance missed, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and four offsides.
Alex Sandro (↔️ Juan Cuadrado) - 6
Sandro entered the match at halftime replacing the injured Cuadrado. In the 67’ Sandro delivered a great delivery (or shot off-target) that had the potential to equalize if Ronaldo only finds the slightest of touches. Alex Sandro did well to stop a dangerous Napoli attack in the 70’ and clear the ball away. Sandro contributed one clearance, one tackle, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, and one shot off target.
Weston McKennie (↔️ Federico Bernardeschi) - N/A
Not enough information for rating.
Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Rodrigo Bentancur) - N/A
Not enough information for rating.
Andrea Pirlo - 5.5
The squad did its best to make the sinking ship that is Gattuso’s Napoli look indomitable. Players could not make a simple accurate pass, everything was wide and every Pirlo’s group did their best to save his old friend another few days as the man in charge of Gli Azzurri.
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