PLAYER RATINGS: TORINO 2-2 JUVENTUS

The first five minutes of play saw three huge opportunities to score and put the match in solid control by the Bianconeri side, but all three opportunities were squandered away and the team from then on was content to sit back and play what came to them. In a match that saw Juventus control SEVENTY-ONE PERCENT of the possession, the club struggled to create much of anything and trailed one of the worst Torino sides in a long time 2-1 for a majority of the match. The current iteration of the club continues to show it has no understanding or plan to live true to the ‘Fino Alla Fine’ mantra. But unlike the players that make up the formation of this club, I continue to trudge on until the end. No matter how tiresome this season has become I shall continue to write about this wasted year.


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 - 4.5

The Polish keeper delivered one of his worst memorable performances of the season, while (as is tradition) the opposing keeper looked like the next Serie A Migliore portiere. Szczesny collapsed during the shot on goal from Juventus product Mandragora in the 27’ and allowed for the easy header above and in by Antonio Sanabria. Tek continued with some horrible keeping to start the second half of the match and allowed the Kulusevski turnover to turn into an easy goal for Sanabria in the first minute of the second half. Szczesny finally got a big save in the 86’ following a shot by Lukic on a run out. Tek did it again in the 90’ to save a match-winning goal with a tip over the crossbar.


Juan Cuadrado - 5

The Colombian continued his pace of delivering crosses as often as possible, but none seemed to land on target or with much of a purpose. Cuadrado contributed seven ground duels won, one aerial duel won, three key passes, six accurate crosses (OUT OF 22), one accurate long ball, two big chances created, one shot off target, and one successful dribble. Cuadrado delivered a dangerous challenge on Verdi in the 68’ that was penalized with a yellow card but could have been potentially much worse.


Matthijs De Ligt - 5.5

The Dutch defender and Italian product Belotti were observed going at each other all match which risked multiple potential yellow cards for each player, though luckily, never ended in the allowance of a penalty for the home side. De Ligt contributed three clearances, three interceptions, three tackles, four ground duels won, one aerial duel won, one key pass, two accurate long balls, one accurate cross, and one shot off target.

Giorgio Chiellini - 6

It's difficult to even give a compliment on any of the members of this club, but Chiellini is one of the few reliable performers this team has left. Chiellini delivered a perfectly timed assist to Ronaldo on the equalizing goal in the 79’. Chiellini contributed one assist, four clearances, one interception, one tackle, one ground duel won, five aerial duels won, one key pass, six accurate long balls, one big chance created, and one shot off target.


Alex Sandro - 5

In the 22’, the Brazilian had a magnificent block to save the shot to save the equalizing shot early. Sandro delivered a great cross to Ronaldo in the 70’, but the striker was unable to finish the header attempt. That being said, Sandro contributed about two decent plays while the rest were lackluster and the traditional inferior performances Juventini have grown accustomed to. Alex Sandro contributed four clearances, one blocked shot, five ground duels won, two aerial duels won, two key passes, three accurate crosses, five accurate long balls, and two successful dribbles.


Dejan Kulusevski - 4

For the second time in this stretch of the season, the Swedish player made a sloppy, lazy pass back into the defense and easily into the possession of Sanabria to take it and score his second goal of the match on Szczesny. Outside of the huge error to begin the second half, the Swede continues to struggle to establish himself in the Juventus lineup. Kulusevski contributed one key pass, one accurate cross, one big chance created, and one interception. Dejan Kulusevski was substituted off for Federico Bernardeschi in the 71’.


Danilo Luiz da Silva - 5

The Brazilian defender continued in his substitute midfielder role and that is about as much as there is to say about his performance. Mostly anonymous for a lot of the game, though that sentiment could be used to describe a majority of the Juventus squad this evening. Danilo contributed one accurate long ball, one shot off target, one successful dribble, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, three clearances, and one interception. Danilo was substituted off for Aaron Ramsey in the 71’.

Rodrigo Bentancur - 5

Not great. There’s your summary on the continued performance of Bentancur in his role in the midfield for this club. While far from the worst of today’s players, the Uruguayan continues to fail to deliver anything from a creative standpoint in the midfield. Okay, need something positive from me? Bentancur took a good attempt in the 83’ that saw his shot go off the right post after being deflected by Sirigu. There. Bentancur contributed three accurate long balls, one shot on target, one successful dribble, seven ground duels own, one aerial duel won, two interceptions, and three tackles.


Federico Chiesa - 6

An early shot attempt in the 4’ was struck high by the Italian and wasted a great assist from Ronaldo. But it did not take much longer for the Italian to come up big in the moment, as he has so many times this season. In the 13’ Chiesa delivered a beauty of a shot between the legs of Sirigu for the opening goal of the match. Chiesa had a shot just wide on a Cuadrado corner in the 45’+1 that swung just wide of the left post to attempt to regain the lead. Chiesa kept trying with a huge shot deep in the 51’ that went unfortunately wide of the right post. Chiesa contributed one goal, one key pass, one big chance created, two shots on target, three shots off target, one shot blocked, three successful dribbles, six ground duels won, two aerial duels won, and one tackle.


Alvaro Morata - 5

The Spaniard had an early chance in the 2’ of play but the Italian keeper Sirigu for Torino came up with a good save. Morata had an awkward but solid header attempt in the 43’ that Sirigu was able to save and an additional attempt that he came up short on a potential goal near the end of regulation time of the first half. Morata contributed one assist, two shots on target, one shot off target, three successful dribbles, one big chance missed, three key passes, one accurate long ball, one big chance created, four ground duels won, two aerial duels won, and one blocked shot.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 5.5

The Portuguese star attempted to deliver a great assist to Chiesa in the 4’, but the Italian’s shot was delivered high. Ronaldo had a big opportunity on a header attempt in the 53’, but Sirigu continued his heroics and tipped it over the crossbar. Ronaldo had an attempt on a header in the 70’ from a cross delivered by Alex Sandro but was unable to connect and finish for the score. In a huge chance in the 76’ that I felt confident even Bernardeschi could have easily scored on, Ronaldo floundered and allowed the ball delivered to him just in front of the net to fall from his foot and be too easily taken away. Ronaldo finally found the goal in the 79’ as it was initially ruled offside, but overturned and granted for the Portuguese's first score since returning to club play. Ronaldo contributed one goal, three shots on target, three shots off target, two shots blocked, three successful dribbles, three big chances missed, four key passes, three aerial duels won, three ground duels won, and one offside.

Substitutions


Dejan Kulusevski (↔️ Federico Bernardeschi) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Aaron Ramsey (↔️ Danilo Luiz da Silva) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.


Adrien Rabiot (↔️ Alex Sandro) - N/A

Not enough information for rating.



Coach

Andrea Pirlo - 3.5

At this point in the season, what is the plan? One would argue this team has seen no growth or vision for the future. If anything this squad continues to regress on the pitch and Il Maestro (one of this writer’s favorite players of all time, mind you) continues to tread dangerous waters that threaten a potential sacking. At the current time, the club does not even expect to end the season with the scudetto, but a team that is one of the highest-paid in Italy should never be struggling to compete with one of the more horrific Torino teams that has been put on the field in recent years. Andrea Pirlo must get his *redacted* together before it is his *redacted* on the chopping block.



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