Alright, Juventini. Things are looking bleak at the moment. We need points fast whereas Inter needs them dropped. It’s not looking good, to say the least. Here’s our setup for Crotone.
Buffon 6 - after Szczesny’s calamitous CL first leg it's right to see Gigi come in against Crotone. I expect the living legend to keep things calm against basement-dwelling Crotone and him making a couple of saves.
Danilo 5.5 - a reliable, steady performance will be had from Danilo. He will be solid defensively and offer little going forward.
Demiral 6 - the Big Turk will be dominant physically tonight defending against the Italian minnows. He will have a good defensive performance.
De Ligt 6.5 - he will be as every bit as dominant as Demiral and excel with playing the ball out from the back as well (as long as Bentancur doesn’t receive it - it’s a joke).
Alex Sandro 5.5 - he plays nowadays just to make Bernardeschi not play and fill in a gap. He’s can’t play at this level anymore and against Crotone he will prove that again. Slow and sluggish in attack while he will not be useful at the back.
Chiesa 6.5 - as always, Chiesa needs to be the spark that helps the strikers in attack. I think he will be very driven against Crotone. He will create many chances.
Bentancur 5.5 - the Uruguayan has taken much-deserved criticism over the past week. He will have a very anonymous game which is a slight improvement over what’s happened recently.
McKennie 6 - playing in a deeper role will allow him to be more engaged in the game. This guy thrives on energy and he will have a lot of it against Crotone even though he has a hip problem.
Ramsey 6.5 - I think Ramsey will have one of his best games ever in a Juve jersey. It’s bound to happen at some point where he has a couple of goal contributions. Why not against Crotone?
Kulusevski 5 - the Swede should never be a striker. He hasn’t gelled with Ronaldo up top and he seems lost up there. I’m not a fan personally of him spending as much time as a striker but again, who else do we have. He will struggle again this match.
Ronaldo 6 - he’s 36. We can’t expect goals every game anymore. I expect just some sort of other contribution if he doesn’t score. I think tonight he’ll score though through sheer determination.
Pirlo 6 - Porto was a disaster for him. But against Crotone he literally has no one else available. Use Fagioli at some point, please!
Juventus 1-0 Crotone