WAY TOO EARLY PLAYER RATINGS: NAPOLI VS JUVENTUS

I started a goal for Juventus with 21 Serie A Games remaining. We needed to win 17 out of the last 21 games in order to have a chance at the Scudetto. Now 3 matches later, we will need to win 14 out of our last 18. Napoli away is always a tough test no matter who starts for them.


Szczesny 6.5 - the Polish goalkeeper will make some massive saves against the Neapolitans, Giving Juve the chance to take some points home. 3 saves.


De Ligt 6.5 - he’s in an unfamiliar starting place with Juve as an RCB. He will be tasked to shut down Insigne and given past experience, De Ligt is an elite shut down defender. Look for the mammoth Dutchman to make 7 interceptions, winning 4 aerial duels, and make 4 tackles


Chiellini 6 - King Kong will need some help with Osimhen’s speed. He will keep touch tight as per usual but a long ball will trouble Giorgio. He’ll make 5 tackles, win 3 aerial duels and make 3 interceptions.

Alex Sandro 5.5 - the decline is real. He looks slower than molasses and uninventive on the ball. In an LCB role, he won’t be as advanced up the pitch but Lozano will give him a nightmare or two. 2 tackles won, 1 block, and 2 aerial duels won.


Cuadrado 6.5 - the pace for days, tricks for days, we will see Panita attack with menace. He’ll get an assist and be close to scoring one as well.


Bentancur 6 - will keep things simple but have no push forward. As long as he gets the ball wide the attack will be fine. He’ll give the ball away cheaply once again after Napoli’s midfield presses well.


Rabiot 6 - the Frenchman will try and push the ball forward through his sheer athleticism. But he will frustrate us as he will play the ball too late or make the wrong final ball.

Chiesa 6 - starting on the left, Chiesa’s production is glaringly down compared to the right. He can’t make a final ball on his left which makes him bring it on his right. This is very predictable and we will see this again against Napoli.

Morata 7.5 - Big game player. Alvarito will score twice. Napoli’s two main Cb’s are out and the Spaniard will feast.


Ronaldo 6.5 - the Portuguese king will have a frustrating match. He’ll try his best to get on the scoresheet but he will not.

Pirlo 7.5 - he’s starting to adapt which is excellent. I actually look forward to seeing what tactics he installs next. I think he beats Gattuso’s tactics.

Napoli 1-2 Juventus


Goals:

Morata (2)


Assists:

Cuadrado, Kukusevski


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