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Atletico Madrid 2-1 Juventus Player Ratings

August 10, 2019

Juventus ended the summer in defeat to Atletico Madrid but there were encouraging signs from their final pre-season friendly.

 

Juventus Player Ratings

Tek: Might have done better on the Atletico opener and was caught in two minds on the second as well. 5.5/10

Mattia De Sciglio: Looked off the pace, nervy and prone to mistakes. Might come on for playing time but still doesn’t look a first choice RB. 5.0/10

Matthijs De Ligt: Could have done better on the second goal but after that mistake, he grew into the game more and was more commanding at the back. 5.5/10

Giorgio Chiellini: Marched forward in the opening half and could have had the opening goal, but for a brilliant save from Oblak. 6.0/10

Alex Sandro: Understated excellence once again. Overlapping runs, got forward plenty and even made some good clearances at the back. Much improved from the Sandro of the last two seasons – remains to be seen if he can maintain it and take it into the new season. 7.0/10

 

Midfield

Sami Khedira: Was anonymous for a large period, popped up to score a goal and went back to being anonymous. Doesn’t look like he has the legs to cut it in Sarri’s midfield as Juve need imposing figures and players who can run. 6.0

Adrien Rabiot: Gigantic strides in midfield as he gobbled up ground to get back and forth. Excellent at the back and a constant threat going forward. Played the simple balls really well and it was encouraging to see him thinking two steps ahead at every opportunity, even though he’s missed so much game time. A great chance to level the scoring as well which unfortunately found the upright. Encouraging. 7.0/10

Miralem Pjanic: A typically Pjanic-esque performance, keeping the team ticking over with good distribution but little else.  6.0/10

 

Attack

Douglas Costa: Looked like the Costa we all fell in love a few years back – Fiercely determined, full of neat tricks and flicks, devastating pace and able to beat his man. Linked up really well with the other attacking players but some weren’t close to being on his wavelength. If he can take this into the new season, he will be devastating. 7.0/10

Gonzalo Higuain: Had at least one clear cut chance to score and he over-thought it. Seems like a player trying too hard to fit in again while bereft of confidence in the box. Really needs to be far more clinical if he has even a remote hope of remaining (which looks unlikely). 5.5/10

Cristiano Ronaldo: Looked sharper than the others and had some nice individual moments, but he may be suffering for playing out wide and perhaps would have done a better job in the box. 6.0/10

 

Substitutes

Paulo Dybala: A brief cameo, and he managed three half chances to score a goal of his own. Obviously lacking in match fitness but encouraging nonetheless. 6.0/10

Leonardo Bonucci: Played a good enough second half despite one mistake that could have cost Juve a third. 6.0/10

Juan Cuadrado: Did OK at right-back. Not spectacular nor overly threatening, but he kept things tidy at the back and whipped in some good crosses here and there. 6.0/10

Federico Bernardeschi: So frustrating – Once again, looked to get into the right positions but his final ball and his decision-making, overall, is dreadful at times. 5.0/10

Rodrigo Bentancur: Kept things tidy after coming on, good passing and distribution overall and some good work on the set-pieces. 6.0/10

Merih Demiral: Not worthy of a rating in itself, but he showed great fight against Diego Costa and didn’t back down an inch. 6.5/10

Blaise Matuidi:  N/A

Gigi Buffon:  N/A

Mario Mandzukic:  N/A

Danilo:  N/A

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