Match Review Europa League

Trabzonspor 0-2 Juventus : Moving On Up to the East Side

February 27, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Now that was a nice looking Juventus. Really an all around great game for the squad, even players like Mauricio Isla and Sebastian Giovinco had bonafide great games (especially Giovinco.) It was exactly the performance we all wanted to see. Now let’s rate these boys.

Buffon: 6.5. Not much for Gigi to do today, Trabzonspor had only three shots on target. Perhaps we should have started Storari just to give him some more time and let Gigi have a little bit of rest. Although he had lots of resting time today.

Caceres: 6. Wasn’t very impactful on defense, though it’s not as if he played poorly. Still was the least impressive member of the backline. Substituted off in favor of Andrea Barzagli within 60 minutes.

Barzagli (58′): 6. Wasn’t the usual Wall-zagli but wasn’t bad and had a nice half-game to get him ready to return from injury for the Milan match. Had a few clearances, that’s about the highlight of his day.

Bonucci: 7.5. Yes, I am biased, but was he not our best CB today? Almost flawless while defending, and we saw the return of Bonucci the regista. I feel as if he hasn’t been able to play as many long passes this season as he usually has, so it was nice to see that today. That said, the reduction in Bonucci long balls could just be a result of the Juve offense operating better this season.

Ogbonna: 7. A similar performance to that of Bonucci, which is a good thing. Had a few touches in attack too.

Isla: 7. Yes you read that write, I just gave Mauricio Isla a 7 in a match rating. This was maybe his best ever match with Juventus. His crossing wasn’t ideal but Isla was consistently getting into space on that right flank and really created some nice chances, usually when the chance went south it was not due to Isla but due to other players, so that reflects pretty well on him.

Peluso: 6.5. It’s sort of as if Peluso and Isla had the same amount of improvement compared to their performances last week. Isla was so-so last week, and today he was magnificent. Peluso was awful last week, and today he was quite good. Was a bit more defensively influential than Isla, but at the same time Isla was more influential in attack.

Marchisio: 7. I love Marchisio as a regista. He has impressed me each time he has played in the role and today is another example. On Twitter I predicted that next season we would be arguing over whether to start an aging Pirlo or Marchisio as a regista for some games, I stand by that prediction. It’s a bit bold, but I think Marchisio is only going to improve in the regista role.

Pirlo (72′): No rating. It would be an insult to Pirlo to rate him off of his performance today. He was on for about 20 minutes but didn’t do much, and didn’t need to do much.

Pogba: 6.5. Kid played 37 minutes and he almost scored, forcing Trabzonspor’s keeper to make a save. Was always nice in all other areas of play. Probably would have scored had he played the full game or at least most of it.

Padoin (37′): 6. A perfectly acceptable performance from Padoin. I find that he is usually pretty good when defending against other midfielders, but his attacking play is lacking compared to our starters. Today though he was pretty good going forward and even had a shot on goal.

Vidal: 7. The force is strong with this one. Of course Vidal scored, that’s statistically unsurprising for Antonio Conte’s Juve. Otherwise had a very Vidal match, which means he was good. Vidal basically poops out “7” ratings so today was no big deal.

Osvaldo: 7. Another solid game from Osvaldo, and another goal. He now has two more goals in European competitions this year than Carlos Tevez. The oddest thing is that Osvaldo didn’t have that many touches relative to other players, but he created just as much with those touches.

Giovinco: 8.5. The undisputed man of the match. What a game for little Seba today. Maybe it was the weak opposition, or perhaps Osvaldo-Giovinco is a very good partnership. Either way, Giovinco was amazing today. He didn’t score, but recorded an assist and was generally doing whatever he wanted to do with the ball. Easily his best performance with Juve since he returned from Parma. Hopefully he keeps this up.

Today’s win was a nice re-assurance of what we know: Juventus are a very strong side. It also helped validate Conte’s rotation policy, as we have now won 4-0 on aggregate using various approximations of our “B” squad. Now all eyes turn to the match against A.C. Milan on Sunday. Stayed posted to for our preview and other pieces in the buildup to the match.

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    Papilaya(John)™★★★ February 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm


    imo Marchisio was the Motm. he was so influential and im not trying to hate on Pogba, but he was really poor today. had hardly any touches today and when he did, he made some poor choices. plus he was slow to cover exposed spaces.

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    adp1974 February 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    great job on the web site so far with the new articles, but each new blog looks painful to look at on the home page because of the writing directly on the picture – can you do something about that? it’s very annoying to look at, you can’t even make out the headline. in so many areas, you got black on black and white on white…like i said, it hurts the eyes, can barely make out what the headline is.

    • Avatar February 28, 2014 at 5:23 am

      I apologize, I have been trying to experiment as it has been an issue. I have to find a way to get a black outline around the text, I think that should alleviate the issue. Glad you are enjoying the site otherwise, though.

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        adp1974 February 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        no apologies needed mate,

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    adp1974 February 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    im watching a repeat of the game, the atmosphere looks amazing in Turkey.

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    B1anconer0 February 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Peluso was imo really awful. Defending was okay but going forward and crossing.. The less I see him on the field, the better. He and Padoin offer nothing extra, nothing at all…

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ February 28, 2014 at 12:42 am

      yea his crosses were putrid today.

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    JuventusVidal February 28, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Conte said after we took control of the tie, he was able to rest players like pogba and caceres. What did he need to rest caceres for? Caceres isnt supposed to start against milan is he?

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ February 28, 2014 at 4:52 am

      maybe. i think chiellini is still doubtful.

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    JosephVitale February 28, 2014 at 4:28 am

    can someone post extended highlights. I saw the goals but i heard we had a lot of chances but i cant find them.

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      adp1974 February 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      you should have PVR’d the game – It was on Media Set, channel 784 on your Rogers Box.

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        DutchJuve March 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        Mediaset Italia???

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      JuventusVidal February 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      You can watch the replay of the game on

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    Papilaya(John)™★★★ February 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

    so i think Del Piero’s book has been released in english. but i kinda did some half assed research so idk if its true.

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      JuventusVidal February 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Lol. I heard that an english translation of pirlo’s book was supposed to be released around march or april

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        Papilaya(John)™★★★ February 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm

        so is that english translated version? i actually have a book list now… Capitanos, Zlatans and now Pirlos

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      DutchJuve March 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      He’s wearing Sydney on the cover of his book :'(

      It’s written in english so i suppose it is the english version.

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        Papilaya(John)™★★★ March 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        yea i didnt like that either 🙁