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Bologna 0-1 Juventus Player Ratings

February 25, 2019

Juventus once again flattered to deceive with a toothless 1-0 victory against relegation threatened Bologna with Paulo Dybala saving the day.

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Juventus Player Ratings

Matia Perin: Truth be told, he looked a little shaky early in the game but his positioning was decent as Bologna blasted a series of chances to the side of either post – not his fault, of course, and he pulled out a great double save late in the game to keep Juve ahead. A much more confident and assured display. 6.5/10

Daniele Rugani: An average performance from the youngster where he blocked a few shots but still failed to really impose himself on the game and lead at the back. He is in need of some ore grinta and fire if he is to survive and lead the back line at Juventus. 5.5/10

Leonardo Bonucci: Made a series of clearances and still played the ball from the back as usual but his defensive sensibilities seem to have eroded over the course of the last year and he’s woefully poor when the team need a little confidence and leadership at the back. 5.5/10

Mattia De Sciglio: A back-to-the-wall type of defensive display where he was camped in his own half for most of the game – Not a criticism as he managed seven tackles and let very little past him down the left side. Solid. 6.5/10

Alex Sandro: It’s hard to pinpoint what has happened to him. He works well at the back, puts in a sound defensive shift, but all his Brazilian flair, creativity and ambition to get forward has disappeared. He’s not close to the dynamic young full-back we signed from Porto. 5.5/10

 

Midfield

Federico Bernardeschi: He is not equipped to play in midfield. Despite experimenting with him on occasions, it looks clear Berna is not a midfielder or an attacking midfielder and works far better in the wide areas, cutting in as a dynamic wide forward. That said, he had the best chance of the first half and pinged in some nice passes for his teammates. 6.0/10

Blaise Matuidi: Better in the attacking phase of his game as he put himself about in the Bologna end and made a nuisance of himself. Made a contribution of sorts to the only goal of the game and did the bare minimum. Good, but not much more. 6.0/10

Rodrigo Bentancur: I liked his defensive game as the midfield looked overrun early in the game and he did well to get some tackles in and stabalise things with some good interceptions and clearances. That said, he offered nothing going forward and while that may not be his fault entirely, he hasn’t returned to the positive form of early season. 6.0/10

Joao Cancelo:  Another failed experiment in a lop-sided looking team. Playing a 4-4-2 should have given him a little more license to do something telling in an attacking sense but he offered the team nothing much beyond a key pass here and there.  5.5/10

 

Attack

Mario Mandzukic: Worked hard in a game where the formation was specifically set up for him to get more balls from his teammates in the wide positions – He got next to nothing and still mustered a hard-working performance where he managed to get back and help the team defend. 6.0/10

Cristiano Ronaldo: Starting to look a little jaded and his performances are showing that. He barely contributed and when he did have a hold of the ball, he lost possession all too easily. He has probably made a point of trying to player as often as possible and that’s understandable, but there comes a point when even the best of the best need a break, if for nothing else, to recharge and prepare for the game of their lives.  5.5/10

 

Substitutes

Paulo Dybala: An impact sub in the truest sense of the word – Took his goal with a neat finish and pushed Juve over the finish line while playing some decent passes and injecting a little pace and energy into the Juve game. 7.0/10

Miralem Pjanic: A brief run out to warm the legs but honestly, he needs a longer rest and some recovery time before playing again.  N/A

Giorgio Chiellini: A clearance and interception in the space of a few minutes on the pitch and a reminder why he’s the best defender Juve have.  N/A

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