PLAYER RATINGS: SASSUOLO 1-3 JUVENTUS

In what feels like an exercise in futility the Juventus squad pulled out a victory on the road against a Sassuolo side that has not lost since April 7th against Inter. This is fine and well, but if Juventus does not get help from another Serie A side to deliver a loss or a draw to one of Milan, Napoli, or Atalanta while simultaneously winning out the club will remain resigned to a fate outside of the Champions League. Next up, a penultimate showdown with Inter that may decide the final fate of the 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 - 7

Following the news that these last few matches would be the last of Gigi Buffon to ever play in a Juventus shirt, many emotions flowed from fans. I, for one, was flooded with feelings of sadness to see this moment come (again), but understand when it is time it is time, but I would more than likely not be a Bianconeri fan today if it were not for Gianluigi Buffon and the impact he has made on the sport. Grazzie, Gigi! The legend provided exactly what he established his name with in the early minutes on a penalty kick in the 15’, blocking the shot taken by Sassuolo’s Berardi. Buffon made a big time stop on an Obiang shot in the 39’, blocking the shot on goal. The Juventus defense allowed Raspadori to cut the deficit in half in the 59’ when the striker was delivered the ball inside the box past the likes of Bonucci, Rabiot, De Ligt, and Arthur to tuck the shot past Buffon. Buffon contributed two saves, one save from inside the box, one penalty saved, and nine accurate long balls.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 6

Danilo delivered a solid block on a Raspadori shot in the 28’ that would have led to a score by the home squad. Danilo contributed three clearances, two blocked shots, one interception, three tackles, three ground duels won, and two aerial duels won. Danilo was penalized with a yellow card in the 23’.


Matthijs De Ligt - 6.5

Potentially Juventus’ only reliable player. In the 13’, Sassuolo’s Boga brought the opposing attack into a threatening position for the Juve defense, but as he does so often, the Dutchman shut down the advance and was able to clear it away with ease. De Ligt came up huge again in the 25’ when a perfectly delivered long ball to Berardi looked assuredly to set up a shot on goal, but the defender reached in and shut down the assault. De Ligt contributed six clearances, three blocked shots, one interception, two tackles, three ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two accurate long balls, one shot blocked, and one successful dribble.


Leonardo Bonucci - 5

The captain looked to be in as poor form as the rest of the team as he gave up a penalty in the 15’, due to a lazy defensive effort in taking out Sassuolo’s Raspadori with a haphazard tackle. Bonucci made the saving clearance on a dangerous Sassuolo attack in the 72’. Bonucci contributed four clearances, one penalty committed, and one aerial duel won


Alex Sandro - 5.5

Alex Sandro cleared a dangerous cross into the box in the 29’ to slow a continually threatening Sassuolo attack. Following a timespan where it appeared the Brazilian had Sandro delivered a huge clearance in the 65’ to save an automatic goal from Berardi. Sandro contributed four clearances, one interception, two tackles, three ground duels won, five aerial duels won, one key pass, and two accurate long balls.

Federico Chiesa - 6

Following a quiet first half of play, Chiesa turned up the heat in the first minutes of the second with a solid shot on goal in the 47’ that was stopped by the Sassuolo keeper. Chiesa took another shot off of a pass delivered by Arthur in the 57’, but the shot soared high above the target. Chiesa missed another curving shot in the 63’. Chiesa contributed one assist, one key pass, two accurate long balls, one shot on target, two shots off target, one shot blocked, four ground duels won, and one tackle. Federico Chiesa was substituted off for Juan Cuadrado in the 81’. Chiesa was penalized with a yellow card in the 33’.


Arthur Melo - 5

The Brazilian looked rusty in return to play since riding the bench last match and was one of the main guilty party members that failed to stop the Sassuolo attack in the 59’ that led to the Raspadori score. It was no coincidence that Arthur was pulled for Rodrigo Bentancur minutes later in the 62’. Arthur contributed one key pass, two accurate long balls, three ground duels won, and three tackles.


Adrien Rabiot - 7

The Frenchman showed signs of his continued growth in the 28’ when Rabiot took the ball by himself, froze the defender, and sent a solid shot across the goal smoothly to the back post for the opening score of the match. Rabiot contributed one goal, one assist, one key pass, two accurate long balls, one big chance created, one shot on target, two shots off target, one successful dribble, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, two interceptions, and three tackles.


Dejan Kulusevski - 6.5

The Swedish player had a bit of an anonymous first half of the game, but following his return to play in the second he was visibly more active on the offensive end attempting to create and move the ball inside of the box. The only issue for the most part was when he had a position he did not have any of his teammates moving into position to be of any serious threat. Kulusevski was finally successful in setting up the goalscoring run by Paulo Dybala in the 66’. Kulusevski contributed one assist, six key passes, one accurate cross, one big chance created, one shot on target, two successful dribbles, ten ground duels won one aerial duel won, one offsides, one interception, and five tackles.

Paulo Dybala - 6.5

Not to be outdone by the record mark reached by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Argentinian made an equalizing score in the 66’ to stretch the lead to 3-1 and reach 100 goals in a Juventus jersey. Only fitting that the two highest current goal scorers on the roster reach the triple-digit pinnacle together during the same match. Dybala contributed one goal, two shots on target, one successful dribble, one key pass, and three ground duels won. Paulo Dybala was substituted off for Weston McKennie in the 81’.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 7

The Portuguese star had a quiet first forty-four minutes of the match, until 45’ when the striker was in the perfect position to capitalize and score his 100th goal in a Juventus shirt. Ronaldo nutmegged the ball past the right-back, then finished taking the keeper one-on-one calmly and cooly to beat Paulo Dybala to the triple-digit mark as both players were tied at 99 goals apiece. Ronaldo went for goal 101 in the 78’, but just rocketed the shot off of the right post. Ronaldo contributed one goal, two shots on target, one shot off target, one shot blocked, three successful dribbles, one shot that hit the woodwork, two key passes, one accurate cross, two accurate long balls, three ground duels won, and two aerial duels won.


Substitutions


Rodrigo Bentancur (↔️ Arthur Melo) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Juan Cuadrado (↔️ Federico Chiesa) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Weston McKennie (↔️ Paulo Dybala) - N/A

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Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 6

The management remained content to allow Pirlo to finish out the season with the risk of missing out on the Champions League as high as it has ever been, almost an eventuality. The club is playing with fire and the next slip-up might be the club’s final blow. But Pirlo and company pulled out the pivotal victory leading to a massive showdown with Inter on Saturday.


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