Player Ratings

Juventus 7-0 Sassuolo Player Ratings

February 4, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Juventus were utterly ruthless as they put Sassuolo to the sword with a hat trick from Gonzalo Higuain and a brace for Sami Khedira.

 

Player Ratings

Defence

Gigi Buffon: Untroubled for the opening 35 minutes before being forced into a great save. A spectator from there on out.  7.0/10

Giorgio Chiellni: A strong presence at the back, did very well organising things and keeping Boubacar quiet for most of the opening half. Barely troubled in the second half.  7.0/10

Daniele Rugani: Confident from the start, despite not having played in several weeks. Played an important part in the opening goal when he was quickest to the rebound. Strong on set-pieces and looked very composed but was substituted early in the second half. 7.0/10

Alex Sandro: Opened the Juventus scoring with a neat finish from Rugani’s deflected effort. Played a great assist by heading the ball on from a corner for Khedira to provide an easy finish. Marked Berardi so closely that the winger was anonymous for most of the game. His best display this season. 8.5/10

Mattia De Sciglio: A good display from the youngster, pushing high up the pitch to support Bernardeschi. Made a great clearance when Sassuolo pressured before half time and was sound in his defensive work. 7.0/10

 

Midfield

Sami Khedira: Crafted a fine chance out of nothing that forced Consigli into a good save before being on hand to finish easily and double Juve’s lead.  Scored a brilliant solo effort from Pjanic’s overhead ball and was exceptional in supporting the attack before being substituted off early in the second half.  8.0/10

Blaise Matuidi: An industrious display, breaking up the Sassuolo passing before being forced off with an injury. 6.0/10

Miralem Pjanic: Looked a little off the pace at the start, misplacing a few passes at the back – Played a beautiful ball for Khedira to score his second before scoring Juve’s 4th with a superb hit from outside the box.  8.0/10

 

Attack

Federico Bernardeschi: A good opening half as he pressed high up and pressured Peluso on the left. Forced a great save from Consigli soon after the restart before playing in Higuain to put Juventus out of sight. Had another half chance that he fired over, but his movement and pace made a world of difference. Played a perfect pass for Higuain to get his hat-trick. Sensational.  9.0/10

Mario Mandzukic: A little anonymous at times but his link up play with Higuain was good on occasions. Seemed to be carrying a knock in the second half which may explain his lack of running on occasions..   7.0/10

Gonzalo Higuain: Looked frustrated at the start as he pressed the Sassuolo defence to create space for his teammates. Had a half chance as he bought the ball wide and blazed his effort over the bar from the near post. Finally scored from a tight angle with a brilliant pinpoint shot across goal before doubling his tally from Marchisio’s perfect cross. Took his hattrick really well from Bernadeschi’s pinpoint cross. Exceptional.  9.5/10

 

Substitutes

Claudio Marchisio: Added pace and technique when he came on for the injured Matuidi. Played some great passes for his teammates and controlled the midfield well, before playing a sublime cross for Higuain to score his second. 8.0/10

Stefano Sturaro: Poor passing and some strange decision making int he opposition half. Really needs to do much better 6.0/10

Medhi Benatia: Rarely pressured or tested by Sassuolo. 6.0/10

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    Dar Black February 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Just to think Mr Berardi, you could have been in the winning team if you had made a different choice a season previously. Oh, well. Mr Marchisio was good today, which is great to see.

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      Moderator February 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Berardi could quite literally be in Bernardeschi’s shoes, had he not chosen mediocrity. I admire his loyalty for staying with Sassuolo, but i think it’s more about not wanting to test himself as a player than it is about being loyal to the neroverdi. To think what a player we could have made him into.
      Agree with you regarding Marchisio – he was brilliant once he came on and we looked all the better for having him on the pitch.

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    Mikkel Andersen February 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Sturaro must leave this summer 🙁
    In Emre Can or Savic. Get a new right back too with pace.

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      Moderator February 4, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Agree – I think we can use him as a part exchange with Cagliari or Genoa or some such team for a young a talent.

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        Xx RForcE xX February 5, 2018 at 11:53 am

        He already turned down genoa

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    Xx RForcE xX February 5, 2018 at 11:54 am

    7 for Mandzukic ? What for?

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    thegutterpoet February 5, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Sturaro has looked finished in this squad since the end of the 15/16 season. Before this, he was looking like a decent player, perhaps at best a squad player, yet always reliable to do a job, and technically better than many seem to give him credit for. His grinta is something we lack, and I see mainly in Chiellini and always in Marchisio, rarely in any of the others…He then suffered injuries, and was played out of position and tasked with duties outside of his natural game. This has gone on for at least a year, and then a bit part role, more injuries…Yes, I agree that its time he went, and I wish he would go as he needs to recover what seemed a promising career at a high level. I can understand however why he wants to stay and prove himself, but he likely will not get the chance. He has seemed a lost soul for too many moons now, and whilst I do see the reasons why, and believe he still has much to offer, its just not going to happen in black and white now…I will wish him well in the Summer wherever he ends up. He has always given his all for the cause.