Match Review Serie A

Atalanta 2-2 Juventus Player Ratings

April 29, 2017 - 11:23 am

Player Ratings

Buffon – Could do little for either goal, other than which made a couple of comfortable saves. 5.5

Bonucci – Hardly noticed him, his mind (and body) was elsewhere. 5.5

Chiellini – Getting back to his best, made some splendid tackles, yet lacked support when the home side flooded forward. 7

Sandro – Ineffective. Unable to penetrate and constantly stretched in the defensive phase. 5.5

Alves – Battling showing and took his goal superbly when pushed forward late on. 7

Khedira – Sloppy on several occasions and failed to capitalise on his handful of chances. 6

Pjanic – Out of sorts for much of the game, yet delivered a beautiful assist for Alves to put us ahead. 6

Cuadrado – as with all our wide players, he was out hustled. 5.5

Mandzukic – Achieved little, and was far less involved than usual. 5.5

Dybala – came close on a couple of occasions other than which worked himself into the ground seeking space and time which rarely came. 6

Higuain – Very well marshalled and kept to a series of snap shots, none of which hugely troubled the home keeper.

Not much to report from this outing, other than Gasperini’s troops performed heroics, and were well worth their creditable draw. I would very much like to see them in the Europa next season, which would be a brilliant achievement on such a small budget with a group of formerly unheralded players knitted together superbly, offering a welcome never say die approach.

We were sloppy in the first half, and only got going after the break. We then dominated, deservedly took the lead, but let ourselves down when assuming we would play out the one goal victory. As Allegri said, the penalty incident was on no consequence. We should have won the game regardless with the chances created.

No injuries, more energy than was hoped expelled and one more point clawed towards the league title.

I cannot fault Allegri as he put out the strongest side. Perhaps, understandably, many players were thinking of Monaco, yet if so, they need a reality check of the need to play full pelt every time they step onto the field.

Yet take nothing away from our hosts, who fought for every blade of grass and never lost hope. They were very much under the cosh for the second period and a little fortunate to stumble a draw, yet fortune favours the brave. A lesson some of our squad must embrace, for there are no easy games when you are playing for Juve. Every team sees us as a prize scalp and plays out of their skins to prove to their fans their love for the shirt.

Slight annoyance to drop points, but it is a mere bump in the road, not a turning point for the worse. And it might be a blessing in disguise for Allegri to have reason to roar and rage, spur the squad into livid, seething, berserker zeal for the upcoming semi-final…

Forza Juve


You Might Also Like

  • Avatar
    Dar Black April 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Agreed GP, sometimes a wake up call before a really important match is the best medicine going. Nobody is given a big prize cheaply, and nobody should ever expect it.

    • thegutterpoet
      thegutterpoet April 30, 2017 at 3:57 am

      long time not collision, my friend…I hope all is well in your realm?

      • Avatar
        Dar Black April 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm

        Treading water in life mate, not swimming to the shore with any gusto. But not sinking either. I have no confidence that Forest will avoid the drop next weekend, and we will deserve it. That will really hurt, so hopefully La Madama can cheer me up with a good result midweek.

        How are you post speed ban? Still fire in the belly I hope….

  • Avatar
    Xx RForcE xX April 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    OT: Ferrari back on top.First double in Q after years.

  • Avatar
    Gerald Quinn April 29, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Well i’m just glad it was Atlanta who pulled our Squad’s ears down from the clouds, and not Monaco.

    • Avatar
      Xx RForcE xX April 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      yep, anyway monaco won 3;1 but seems like they have some injury troubles with their midfielders.

  • Avatar
    Xx RForcE xX April 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    fuck yeah Lazio!!9 points clear, now lets kick Monaco’ ass.

  • Avatar
    B1anconer0 April 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Have you guys seen strootman’s dive that led to the penalty? Just disgusting, and nobody says anything about it. Meanwhile juve should’ve gotten a clear penalty against atalanta.

    And then you hear bitch teams like napoli and roma say that juve get help from refs..

    • Avatar
      Dar Black May 1, 2017 at 9:38 am

      ‘Tis always the way…..