PLAYER RATINGS: SAMPDORIA 0-2 JUVENTUS

Juventus continued the club's winning streak dispatching the Blucerchiati (2-0) on the road with potentially the prime Bianconeri starting configuration of the year. Matthijs De Ligt being the one player arguably deserving to be inserted in the eleven man squad. The victory moves the Old Lady into third place with 39 points having played nineteen games in the Serie A table as of Saturday evening.


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 - 6.5

The Polish keeper was only challenged twice with shots on target and only six total shots during the match, but the underrated Juventus keeper tallied another clean sheet for the good guys. Notably, Tek saved a dangerous cross into the area with Sampdoria attacking in the 73’ to keep the home team scoreless. Szczesny contributed one save, one punch, one save from inside of the box, four accurate long balls, and one clearance.


Juan Cuadrado - 7

Cuadrado suffered a harsh cranial collision with Augello in the 49’ that saw both players shaken up, but both were able to continue on after the Sampdoria player was bandaged up. Cuadrado continues to be the most unselfish player on the squad, creating for Aaron Ramsey with a no look pass for the goal assist on the run out in the 90’+1’. Juanny Cuads: Glue Guy. Cuadrado contributed one assist, two clearances, one tackle, three ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, five accurate long balls, one big chance created, and two successful dribbles.

Leonardo Bonucci - 6.5

At one point the announcer called Bonucci the ‘master of defensive arts’. While many would argue against this claim, the Italian’s defense has looked improved since the return of defensive stalwart and his brother in arms, Giogio Chilellini. Whether it is Chiellio covering up Bonucci’s warts or not, the defense looks better when the pair are together. Bonucci contributed two clearances, four interceptions, two tackles, two ground duels won, one aerial duel won, and six accurate long balls.


Giorgio Chiellini - 7

The Juventus defense continued to improve following the return of the club’s second most experienced member. No where was this more evident than when Chiellini went King Kong on a Quagliarella shot in the 55’ that surely saved an equalizing goal from the former Juventus player. Chiellini contributed six clearances, two blocked shots, one interception, two aerial duels won, and four accurate long balls.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

The Brazilian had a quiet game in a strong overall performance for the defense. For the most part this might be attributed to the limited chances created by the Sampdoria attacking front, but the defense held a Serie A club scoreless once again. Danilo contributed two clearances, three interceptions, one ground duel won, one accurate cross, and one shot off target.

Federico Chiesa - 7

Alongside the addition of McKennie, Chiesa continues to show his worth on the pitch and proving the ‘Bernardeschi 2.0’ claimers wrong. Chiesa scored the opening goal of the match on a beautifully orchestrated attack assisted by Alvaro Morata in the 20’. The Italian has been directly involved in eleven goals thus far this season with seven goals scored and four assists. Chiesa contributed one goal, three key passes, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, one shot on target, one shot off target, one ground duel won, and one interception. Chiesa was substituted off for Alex Sandro in the 84’.


Arthur Melo - 6

The Brazilian midfielder continues to show why he is an adept replacement for Adrien Rabiot in the starting lineup. While far from perfect, Arthur continues to develop as a workhorse producing alongside Bentancur and McKennie. Arthur contributed one key pass, five accurate long balls, three successful dribbles, and six ground duels won Arthur was substituted for Aaron Ramsey in the 83’.


Rodrigo Bentancur - 6.5

Outside of airing out a poorly aimed pass wide out of bounds in the 73’, Rodrigo Bentancur put together a serviceable performance for the Bianconeri. The Uruguayan contributed seven accurate long balls, one successful dribble, six ground duels won, four aerial duels won, two clearances, one blocked shot, one interceptions, and three tackles. Bentancur was penalized with a yellow card in the 37’ and will now miss the Roma match due to suspension. Bentancur was substituted for Adrien Rabiot in the 75’.

Weston McKennie - 6.5

The American put together another solid performance while battling a potential injury. McKennie was visibly in pain from an apparent achilles issue caused during the final stretch of the first half, but was able to shake it off and appeared healthy working the field in the second half. McKennie contributed two key passes, three accurate long balls, six ground duels won, two aerial duels won, three clearances, four interceptions, and six tackles.


Alvaro Morata - 6

In the front, the Spaniard was the focal point of attack as the Portugese star’s mini scoring drought continued. Morata found the back of the net once in the 56’, but the Spaniard was thoroughly in an offside position. Alvaro Morat contributed one assist, one key pass, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, one ground duel won, two clearances, one interception, one tackle, and because it is Morata, three offsides. Morata was substituted off for Federico Bernardeschi in the 78’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 5.5

Ronaldo’s offensive struggles continued and easily had the worst performance of the squad by Ronaldo standards. Fortunately, in contrast with last season, the other members are picking up where Ronaldo is floundering and the club is winning despite his inability to score. Hopefully this will gather positive momentum for the club when the Portugese striker inevitably returns to form. Ronaldo contributed one shot on target, one shot off target, three shots blocked, two successful dribbles, one big chance missed, one key pass, one accurate long ball, two ground duels won, one clearance, one interception, and one offside.

Substitutions


Adrien Rabiot (↔️ Rodrigo Bentancur) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Federico Bernardeschi (↔️ Alvaro Morata) - N/A

Not enough information for rating. Bernardeschi was penalized with a yellow card in the 89’.


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Arthur Melo) - N/A

Not enough information for rating. Ramsey scored the second and match sealing goal thanks to unselfish play by Juan Cuadrado in the 90’+1’.


Alex Sandro (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6.5

Pirlo seems to have found his strongest squad of the season thus far and keeps the reigning champions in the scudetto hunt.



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