PLAYER RATINGS: PARMA 0-4 JUVENTUS.

After a deflating draw against an Atalanta side that Juventus had all but defeated, the Torino side came out with something to prove against fourteenth place Parma. The Bianconeri were firing on all cylinders as the defending champions defeated the Emilia-Romagna-based club while holding onto a clean sheet. Three points raise the club closer to their goal of catching current Serie A leaders, AC Milan.


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 - 7

Gigi Buffon did Gigi Buffon things early in the first half stopping a threatening Parma runout that otherwise was all but destined to make its way into goal. Buffon followed it up with an additional beautiful stop at the line on a shot by Kucka shortly after the Ronaldo second score. And of course he did it again, standing tall on a great one-on-one stop on the shot from a Parma attacker to keep the clean sheet. Buffon contributed four saves, two punches, two saves from inside the box, one accurate long ball, and three clearances.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6.5

Danilo was the best rated defensive player of the line for the match. You will hear this all season from me, but the most important statistic any defense can have is the bottom line of the clean sheet. They got it. Danilo contributed two clearances, four interceptions, one ground duel won, one key pass, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. Danilo was penalized with a yellow card at the 40’.


Matthijs De Ligt - 6.5

You do not need an additional summary of De Ligt’s play from me, the Dutch defender is a human brick wall. The defensive prodigy also had a disallowed boot at the 54’ after it was determined that the ball had exited play prior to De Ligt’s strike. De Ligt contributed two clearances, one interception, two tackles, four ground duels won, one accurate long ball, one shot off target, and a clean sheet.

Leonardo Bonucci - 5.5

The Juventus and Italian captain did not produce a game worth writing home about, but the bottom line for the defense remains to keep a clean sheet. In the end he contributed to that. Bonucci contributed one clearance, one interception, three aerial duels won, one shot off target, one shot blocked, and one big chance missed. Bonucci was substituted for Juan Cuadrado at the 76’.


Alex Sandro - 6

The Brazilian has become a reliable contributor to the squad since his return from injury and has had a noticeable improvement under Pirlo’s tutelage compared to some of the maligned performances during the Sarri season. The club was able to start the scoring earlier this evening thanks, in part, to the early delivery by Alex Sando at the 23’ to ex-Parma star Dejan Kulusevski for the goal. Sandro contributed two key passes, two accurate crosses, one accurate long ball, one shot off target, three successful dribbles, six ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one interception, and two tackles.


Weston McKennie - 5.5

Least memorable (and I avoid saying worst, mainly because as a whole this game went as well as we could imagine for the Bianconeri given recent outcomes) was from the American that was just voted the USMNT Player of the Year. McKennie contributed two key passes, one big chance created, one shot blocked, and two clearances. McKennie was substituted for Manolo Portanova at the 76’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 7.5

As the season continues, so does the maturation of midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. Slowly but surely the defensive midfielder is returning to form that Juventus fans grew accustomed to watching during the 2019/20 season. The Uruguayan had a great run and attempt to score, but failed to put enough power on his shot that was collected by Sepe at the 19’. Bentancur contributed three key passes, three accurate crosses, nine accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, one shot off target, eight ground duels won, one clearance, one interception, and six tackles. Bentancur was the non-scoring Man of the Match.

Aaron Ramsey - 5.5

Ramsey assisted Cristiano Ronaldo with his second goal of the match after delivering the pass to the Portugese player that allowed for the club to go up 3-0. Ramsey contributed one assist, two key passes, three accurate long balls, one shot on target, two ground duels won, and three interceptions. Aaron Ramsey was substituted for Federico Bernardeschi at the 68’.


Dejan Kulusevski - 6.5

It was the perfect storyline matchup for Dejan Kulusevski to come into his previous team’s stadium and perform like the Kulu of 2019. The Swedish youth showed a flash of his 2019/20 offensive self by coming in early against his old club at the 23’ and scored the initial goal. Kulusevski contributed one goal, one key pass, one ground duel won, one shot on target, and one ground duel won.


Alvaro Morata - 7

Morata started the match with a beautiful cross directly on target for Ronaldo’s header to score the second goal at the 26’. After a long game with many chances missed and making the last Alvaro Morata score feel like it was during his last match in the 2016 season, the Spanish striker found the back of the net to push the victory to a 4-0 margin. Morata contributed one goal, two assists, one shot on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, two key passes, one accurate cross, two big chances created, five ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one clearance, and one blocked shot.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 8

He’s back. After back to back underwhelming performances the Ronaldo we all know and love showed up in the 26’ and connected with an Alvaro Morata cross to capitalize with a header to put the club up 2-0 over Parma early. Ronaldo doubled up on his goal scoring early in the second half with an assist from Aaron Ramsey at the 48’. Ronaldo contributed two goals, two shots on target, three shots off target, one big chance missed, two key passes, one accurate cross, one accurate long ball, four ground duels won, one clearance, one tackle, and overtook Pele in total goals scored. Ronaldo was substituted for Federico Chiesa at the 82’ before he could come up with another hat trick in his career.

Substitutions


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Aaron Ramsey) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Juan Cuadrado (↔️ Leonardo Bonucci) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Manolo Portanova (↔️ Weston McKennie) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Federico Chiesa (↔️ Cristiano Ronaldo) - N/A

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Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6.5

The team came out and put together a fairly dominating performance putting away a bottom third of the table team the way the nine time defending champions should.


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