This is a massive must-not-lose game in the Champions League places race. There have been some decent performances recently and another one is required against Atalanta.
Szczesny 6 - was actually not bad last game. But against Atalanta, we need better than not bad. We need world-class keeping. He will get scored on but it will not be his fault. He will also make some key saves that will keep the team composed.
Danilo 5.5 - he will have a very robust match. He will try to get forward a lot but the spacing with Cuadrado will deter him from attacking success. Watch for him to drive the ball through the middle.
De Ligt 6.5 - he’s going to have his hands full with the fluid Atalanta attack. As long as the communication with Chiellini is smooth, I see no problems with De Ligt.
Chiellini 5.5 - he will try and be organized but I’m afraid of his clearly deteriorating influence in games. I think he will be the source of most of Atalanta’s successful attacks.
Alex Sandro 5 - I expect nothing going forward and I expect very little defensively. He will go unnoticed for most of the match and that may be okay.
Cuadrado 6 - another game in an advanced position. The Colombian should know not to try and cross everything into the box against Atalanta now that Ronaldo isn’t playing. I look forward to the potential link-up play with Dybala.
Bentancur 5.5 - was okay against Genoa, Atalanta is a different beast and will have to move the ball quickly. I’m not worried about his off-the-ball work, he’s always decent with that and will continue against the blue and black.
Rabiot 6.5 - I think the Frenchman will be a key catalyst against Atalanta. He will create chances and have 2-3 shots.
Chiesa 6 - he’s been in such good form I think he may have a bit of a letdown game against Atalanta. I hope he can exploit their RWB and RCB space but his final ball will let him down in the end.
Dybala 5.5 - he will get lost in some points of the match through no fault of his own. The 3 Atalanta CB’s are warriors and we will see Dybala hug the right touchline at some points of the match. He will create a couple of chances.
Morata 4.5 - he won’t be good enough in all facets of the game.
Pirlo 5.5 - so are Arthur and McKennie okay? This is a game that seems like Arthur should definitely be playing in.
Atalanta 2-1 Juventus
Goals (De Ligt)