Another played, another won. Conte’s boys didn’t appear to be in top form, but credit that to Seedorf’s Milan side, who have significantly improved since the Dutchman’s takeover. The early proceedings proved slightly chaotic, with Milan looking the more threatening. As the first half wore on the tide looked to be changing, and it was all she wrote from there on out. In thinking back on the match it was largely a team effort, and in a good way. I struggled picking a Man of the Match, but had no trouble highlighting individual moments of brilliance from various performers; anyway, onto the ratings.
Buffon – 8.5 My man of the match, although that isn’t always a good thing. San Gigi had plenty to do, but came through time and time again when called upon, as Kaka seemed to do often. His diving parry on the Brazilian’s curled “Zona Del Piero” effort, while not his best save, truly gave off visions of superman. The kind folks over at MilanLab are clearly still experimenting with their best attempt at kryptonite.
Barzagli – 6 Not one of his best performances, but certainly far from his worst. Beaten by Pazzini at one moment, yet equally solid on the next. Seemingly on par with the rest of the back line, the number of chances created by Milan was disconcerting, but it was always going to be a tough match, and the clean sheet was kept.
Bonucci – 7 The best of the bunch for me – his goal line clearance cannot be over-emphasized given it’s timing and seeming swing of momentum. Bonucci is oozing confidence of late, and didn’t seem to miss a step next to Caceres instead of Chielo. An above average display from the young defender.
Caceres – 6 The weakest of the 3, however still a solid performance. His bloody collision with Poli was disconcerting, but as always the effort was ever-present. it seems Martin can’t catch a break when it comes to staying away injury.
Lichtsteiner – 6.5 Tireless running, a chat with the ref, and an assist to cap it all off. Nothing spectacular but a performance to be proud of from the Swiss international. He almost managed to get on the sheet himself following a muffed chance by Llorente, before he would in turn assist the Spaniard with the game’s first.
Padoin (84′) – N/A
Pogba – 6 The young frenchman is as difficult to rate as Marchisio. This was far from one of his best efforts, but again still managed a few turns of genius that tend to gloss over his performance. He had a few lackadaisical passes that I’m sure Conte will point out to him, but also came painstakingly close as he hit the post from distance in stoppage time. All-in-all an average performance.
Pirlo – 6.5 Il Maestro played with a bit of pep in his step as he seems to do on returns to the San Siro. His yellow card rewarding challenge on Saponara indicated as much, and he was inches away from yet another free kick golazo. His assist of Tevez’s goal was statistically deserved. He isn’t dominating matches as he used to, but with the ability of Carlitos and Llorente to link play, one must almost wonder if that simply isn’t required anymore. A solid if unspectacular display from the aging genius.
Marchisio – 6.5 Il Principino was his usual workhorse self today, and it paid dividends. After wrestling a long ball away from Rami, he had the patience to pull it back and pick out Tevez beginning a string of passes which ended with Llorente’s goal. Booked for running towards a set piece early, his desire and effort to win were infectious.
Asamoah – 5.5 Locked in a battle with Abate, it never seemed like the Ghanaian was able to get going. He was present, but never assertive. Not a terrible performance by any means, but he can be better than he was today.
Llorente – 7 The thing that has impressed me most about Llorente since his arrival in Turin is his work rate. For a prima punta one would expect a much more stationary style of play, but today, as is true most days, this was not the case. He looked like scoring on multiple occasions, and tapped home the game’s first goal on 44′ for what will be one of the easiest goals of his career.
Osvaldo (90′) – N/A
Tevez – 8 What more can be said about this guy that hasn’t already been said? I could wax panegyrically about his incredible work ethic for pages on end, he constantly looks to be the most energetic player on the pitch. A constant thorn in the Milan defense, it seemed his final efforts were lacking until it was realized that he was just charging up his shooting boots for later. An absolute screamer that put the match to bed and, to quote Football-Italia, “probably would have broken Abbiati’s hands.” By the way, with this performance, the man who cost 30m less than Higuain is currently the lone capocannoniere with 15 goals.
Giovinco (92′) – N/A
Like I said, a tremendous overall team effort that got the job done, can’t want much more than that. As always, feel free to chip in below with thoughts and comments. Until next week.
dont be too proud. i got tired of winning :p
lol thank you for your generosity 😛
so im reading Pogba is having a bad run of form. maybe he needs a moment of tranquility and relaxation. he is only 20 yrs old after all and we should really give the poor guy a break before the media attacks him, which is the last thing he needs.
yea. after captaining the u-20 side to the world cup, he only had 15 days of rest. Then due to marchisio’s injury he was playing every game. Then Pirlo got injured so he had to continue playing. He has played more minutes than any other juve player this season. more than buffon even. no wonder the guy is tiring out.
I doubt it’s that. He’s 20, at his age he could play 3 times a week if Conte didn’t run him ragged in training lol.
i dont think its just the physical demands that are running him empty. hes mentally tired too.
The hype is too strong for the media to attack him, he was dire in this game in all honesty yet he got the highest rating of the midfield 3 in most of the ratings i saw..
Its not the hype. He’s good at racking up statistics.
Yeah and against milan that statistic was fouls.. Marchisio had just as many touches, better pass accuracy, more successful tackles (the most on the pitch too), no fouls given.. Yet pogba gets a better rating which is beyond ridiculous.
Marchisio has a negative factor to him. its just the sad truth. people bash him harder than most other players. when through a bad run of form, people bash him and instantly condemn him to the bench or even think of wanting to sell him. but if it were Vidal or Pogba, for some reason people stay silent, which doesnt bother me, but its just not fair to Principino.
When pogba and vidal are off form, they dont fade out completely like marchisio does. You could go an entire game and not notice marchisio sometimes. But the people who want him out are just fickle
its actually worst when Vidal and Pogba are off. when Marchisio is off, its because the other players just dont pass it to him. for example asomoah opting to take his man rather than pass a simple ball. Pirlo also rather spreads the ball more than pass a simple pass. Vidal would is pretty much an attacking mid, so hes always looking to link up with the forwards or a creative pass. thats why i feel Marchisio doesnt stick out when hes off and when he does get the ball, he gives a rather simpler pass.
when Pogba and Vidal are off, not only are they very quiet, but they are prone to mistakes and mess up even the smallest mistakes.
but thats just through my perspective tho and i havent seen much Juve in 2 years, so i didnt watch all of Marchisios bad run of form or Pogbas current bad form. but i did see a lot of Vidals bad form last year, which is why i favored Marchisio in the summer and the earlier part of the season.
The reason that marchisio fades out when he’s off form is because he acknowledges that so keeps things simple by making easy passes and just keeps up his running whereas pogba doesn’t try to keep it simple and ends up making too many mistakes, however this can also be a good thing as well as a bad because if he gets it right just once during a game it can be a match winner
No. Pogba had 6 more touches, more dribbles, won 6 aerial duels to marchisio’s 0, hit the post, and had more key passes. Thing with pogba (just like with vidal) is even when they are off form, they dont completely fade out of the game.
6 touches means nothing over the course of a game, he had a single more statistical dribble, marchisio had a key pass leading up to the first goal. Pogba also lost a number of aerial duels, as I’ve said marchisio had the most tackles on the pitch with 5 to pogbas 1. I agree that Vidal doesn’t fade from games but pogba sure does and against milan he did for the majority of the game and when he popped up he did cocked up frankly and the ratings should show that.
hazaa! Llorente-Tevez is now the best goal scoring pair in serie a! and Llorente has broken into the top 10 goal scorers with 11 goals!
Conte named Serie A coach of the year for the second time in a row 🙂 Montella finished as close second, Mazzarri third
how is Mazzari third? did he cry his way in?
It’s for his Napoli time but yeah not someone I’d put in top 3 either :p
he admitted that he voted for himself lol
hes an imbecile :p
we have 3 players with over 10 goals… Tevez, Llorente, Vidal
Excellent trident attack 😛
Tevez Llorente Vidal
Marchisio Pirlo Pogba
Chiello Bonucci Barzagli Lichtsteiner
and two of them are actually strikers! its great that the top striker situation is all but a distant memory. beautiful times are ahead of us people
Pabos could be a top striker too if people gave him a chance! 😛
I’ve even noticed that he looks happy at juve, I mean really he had such a huge smile when coming on in the 89th minute, with his reputation you have expected him to punch the manager for such an insult never mind smile about it.
yea he definitely loves it here. the way he smiles and celebrates with the rest of Juve really shows it.
I have a feeling that last part is directed to me 😛 I’ll admit, he delivers when he plays for us. But the price is still way too much. He just gets the chance to play himself in the spotlight again for the WC
thw world doesnt revolve around you!! :p no but really, it wasnt just you. there are plenty of people that dont like him.
his price is hefty, but it seems that southhampton dont want him back and if we can drop his price to 10-12 mill, id take him. plus he is an ideal striker for Conte.
Haha maybe it’s cause you and me have been talking about this for an extended period :p If we can get him for 10mill I’m okay with it. Anything more is just wasting money imho. He seems to behave well, its good for the Azzurri too that he plays with all these Italian internationals and I like the khal drogo looks. And there’s no denying that he’s delivering when he plays so far.
I was worried about him coming and i still am, but i like him as a player and think he’s a good striker. I thought that while he was at Roma too. It all goes well untill he starts causing trouble. Thats when he will drop in skills too. I hope that won’t happen this time. I really do..
I completely disagree that Caceres was the weakest of the 3 CBs. IMO Barzagli should get that distinction. Marchisio was pretty quiet up to the first goal. He seemed to have lost a little bit of confidence.
i dont think Marchisio belongs too high up the pitch. besides his runs, his strength lie in the deeper positions of the midfield.
well, our whole midfield was being overrun yesterday. We really missed Vidal.
The only person who really did his job was marchisio, pogba was dreadful and Pirlos passing was nowhere near as magnificent as usual.. His passing was accurate enough but lacked the usual creativity I felt.
oh Pogba was definitely the worst. Looking at it that way, I guess Marchisio was the best by far haha.
I agree caceres was the worst, followed closely by barzagli tbh. However bonucci.. ‘the young defender’ wth?
We know all about your Caceres hate.
I don’t hate him, just don’t think much of him as a CB, he was great in the game before this and wasn’t bad against milan, he just was.. The worst of the 3
For the friendly against Spain: Buffon; Maggio, Paletta, Barzagli, Criscito; Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Montolivo; Candreva, Osvaldo, Cerci
Prandelli is resting pirlo against spain…the only player who is suspended for the game lol
the official bundesliga channel posted a video of vidal’s best goals for bayer in honor of chile vs germany. tbh, i think they could’ve picked some better goals
Am I the only one, who can’t watch youtube videos on this new discuss? It worked for me on the previous one.
Maybe, but he does score alot of ”easy” goals. He is just always at the right place at the right time.
Most of Vidal’s goals are unspectacular. Like you said, he is one of the best at getting away from his marker and pouncing on the ball. And his PKs are the best. I love Pirlo, but I’ll be pissed if I see him take a PK for us unless the score is like 4-0 lol.
Even if it is a beautiful panenka like he did against England? 😛
yee-haw! i just found out they ll be showing Italy-Spain in espn2. so Prandelli play Veratti and other players that ive been dying to watch more of… wait, is Veratti called up?
Dunno, he was complaining that he is punished for playing outside Italy and missing out on a WC spot because of that, or so I read.
He doesn’t start, it’s a 4-3-3 with Marchisio, Montolivo and Motta starting
Never read that but he will be going, he can’t really complain since sirigu and motta are both in the squad with ease
Would be stupid to leave him out
Yeah he’s the best back up to pirlo we have
True but even besides that, he should play a bit. Pirlo retires Italy after Brazil after all ad thats something you can’t replace easily :p
Hes been called up
Have you guys seen the Italy world cup shirts?I love the home shirt,what do you guys think to it?
What are they?
I will try and post a link dude
Nvm. I watched the 2nd half of the Italy match. I wish they weren’t so tight. On some players it looks better than on others.
At first i much preferred the away shirt but the more I look the more I like the home too, I like the fit
In all the games caceres has started as CB this season, we have drawn 1 and won all the rest
Caceres is sound,he is a Juve warrior.
Thats why we should keep him he’s a quality backup who doesnt complain, puts in a solid performance when he plays, and is versatile.
I don’t know why we would even consider it?…The lad has is Juve dna and know’s his role,he aint going anywhere is he?
Please talk to Marc :p
This sounds ominous lol.He’s great for us isn’t he?
I love Caceres. He’s usually solid and has the Juve spirit. Fighting for every ball. And he’s a likeable guy.
You obviously have problems reading Dutch (still love you though :p) as I’ve said many times i like him and happy having him as a back up RWB.. I prefer him to isla! But as a CB he is just a liability
Theres nothing wrong with critiquing our players Dutch 🙂
Hypothetically speaking, if man u come knocking with 15 mill, id take it.
Im still baffled at how we spent 15mil on ogbonna
Yea thats a lot, but maybe he ll his worth
hes a nice guy too! And lest we forget his beautiful smile:
but his terrible mistake against real cost us CL
Cost us the game against real, not CL. A lot more errors caused crashing out of that
the win against real would get us to QF, until the mistake we dominated the game and after that we were more less like shit but of course a lot more errors cost us progress in CL
Just saying, if you tell it like that it’s as if Caceres cost us CL on his own 😛 We should never have dropped points against Copenhagen in the first place and never allowed qualification up in the air until the last match, away to gala. We would also have advanced if we didnt lose there or if we actually beat Copenhagen in both legs or whatever
He grabbed an assist too
but his error changed the game completly
Hardly due to him though..
Jeez osvaldo is terrible. Immobile is better.
He wasnt terrible. Italy just didnt have enough possession(which is the norm when facing spain).
no…he was god awful. shot way wide, couldn’t control the ball, his passing was terrible.
What happened to Vidal? I’m hearing he got injured in the Chile match..
cramp. he’ll be fine
So from the italy-match today, i really liked Paletta and Cerci.
If only Paletta was Italian.
Well, he is 😛 Just like Osvaldo and others
Osvaldo is actually of Italian decent though.. Not sure about pauletta but if he’s Argentinian there’s a liklihood that he’s at least part italian
Just saying Paletta has Italian nationality, even if he isn’t 100% Italian and there are more of those. Balotelli, Motta, Osvaldo to name a few. But Argentinians usually have some link with Italy, I’m told even Messi has some Italian blood
um ya he has some … his grandparents were born in italy, he has an italian last name.
So Marotta was in Madrid today and its reported that he spoke to Ancelotti. im hoping he asked for Di Maria. and Some of the latest rumors suggest that before Conte discusses a contract renewal, he wants to talk about transfers for the CL, so Di Maria could be a possibility.
he had a meeting with bayern’s ceo yesterday. rumors say the talks were about either kroos or mandzukic.
I don’t know how we would fit Kroos, I thought he is more attacking minded midfielder that Marchisio or Vidal, but I like Mandzukic rumors, he is great.
Kroos can play as a cdm, b2b, or cam
What’s a b2b?
Box to box. Its what vidal, pogba, and marchisio are
Oh right, thanks.I couldn’t imagine what could ‘b2b’ stand for. Well then, I like that rumor too. 😛
id take the both of them tbh.
Yesterday Bayern, today Madrid, what a life, Marotta..
he probably went to Germany to get drunk then went to spain to party :p
Hahahha XD I can see Madrid misusing him at that party. They’ll be like ”so beppe you wanted to give us Vidal, Pogba, Chiellini, Tevez and Llorente for free???” Marotta: ”*hik*yeas tat is rhigt, maybe i evan gve money wit dem.*burp*”
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the timing of this shot says it all:
More like, a player worth 1000 words, summarized in one word.
Osvaldo said today during #AskOsvaldo that if we win the league, he will dress up as Captain Jack Sparrow xD
He might as well get the costume now lol
That’s awesome but Karl drogo would’ve been more fitting
i think hes trying to be Johnny Depp
oh good, so Drogo has a Christian name haha.
LOL i almost choked on my food reading this
please explain the joke, i dont understand!
In game of thrones there is a commander they call Khal Drogo. Khal means king 🙂 and he’s not exactly German.. look him up!
Oh and no offence to you marc! just thought it was funny
Games of Throne?
That is awesome….. He might actually look slightly like him, although one can not reproduce the awesomeness of Johnny Depp.
the following that im about to post is a petition. this petition is against some writer for espn.com whom JUST recently wrote an article bashing Juve for match fixing.
the petition doesnt take long to sign(unless you wanna read it first and not blindly sign for something), just go to the right side of the page and type in an email, name and comment if you wish. after you sign, theyll redirect you to a page where theyll ask for a donation. dont worry about that, just hit back unless you actually wanna donate.
heres the link:
p.s. if you wanna share the petitions, by all means, go for it.
Fuck the dickhead dude…….Another one who dont understand the JUVE!
So guys, (going to an old topic :P), do you think that Tevez has lived up to the honour of the shirt and that he deserves it? I personally think that he has because he was is one of the main driving forces this season and he did change a lot of games, so I think that he has fully taken on the responsibility of the #10 shirt at Juve and continued the legacy of our #10 legends.
i still believe he shouldve not been assigned the shirt before doing anything for us, but yea he definitely is showing that he can handle the shirt.
The standards Del Piero set will never be unrivalled in my time of life,saying that i thought that about roberto baggio too lol.But Tevez has been superb,he could wear what he wants for me,his work rate and commitment has been first class.If anything,champions league goals we have missed,but apart from that,fantastic.
Can’t say that yet. Time will tell. A #10 at Juve doesn’t only need to play well, he also needs to show loyalty to the club and stay atleast a few years. And in those years he’ll have to stay on top form and prove useful to the club.
Deserving the #10 jersey can’t be decided in just one year.
Can’t wait for sunday,Forza Juve!!!
JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE
New avatar,me and my youngest daughter,juve moulded lol!!
Whos down for some fantasy football? Ins and Outs for the summer.
In- Cerci, Immobile, and Coentrao + Osvaldo on loan
Out- Padoin, Quaglia, Vucinic + Gio on loan
I am 🙂
In – Shaqiri, Gabbiadini, Coentrao + a midfielder, another one like Marchisio who does the dirty work
Out – Exactly the same as Tpick, except for Padoin, he’s too important for us
haha hes the most important player on the team. I forgot a CM, we do need one of those. Idk who though, not many people out there want to be #5 on the depth chart.
Tough one indeed. if we’d have Coentrao, Asamoah would probably be that person but that would be strange after 2 seasons of being a starter.
ahh you read my mind.
out: Pogba( sorry Pog, its just fantasy) 70, Quags, Vooch 9-10 mill, Gio 9-10 = 88-90mill
In: Di Maria25-30, Kroos+Mandzukic 30, Berardi 7, Paletta7-10, and a Lb
Padoin can stay and be a mascot or something
In: Immobile, Berardi, Shaqiri, Kroos, Bonaventura
Out: Quags, Vucinic, Gio, Padoin, Pepe
you really think kroos would come here? what for?
it’s fantasy football. in actuality, our chances would be like .1% or something lol
a new adventure! but really, maybe Pep guardiola doesnt really see him as a significant part of his team. he did send Toure Yaya out in favor of Busquets. and seeing as Karl-Heinz Rumminege just recently expressed his disappointment of Juves early cl exit, maybe Bayern will have an easy time selling him to us.
You guys suck at fantasy football..
In- De Rossi, balotelli, el shaawary, insigne, verratti, de sciglio, Murru, criscito.. All good Italians plus future stars basically
Outs- all usless players (here’s looking at you padoin) plus none italians, aside from Vidal.. He can stay.
uefa have paid Juve 43.5 mill euro for participating in this years euro. 20 mill less than last year.
according to GdS and CdS, Madrid are looking to sign Pogba. Gds claims they are willing to go past 70 mill for him… weeeell add Di Maria and 60 mill, you got yourselves a deal. itll be the perfect plan, we sell Pogba, get Di Maria plus cash, reinforce the squad, win the Cl and buy Pogba back in 2 years later at a discounted price after Madrid get bored of him.
Good plan, but you are wrong on one thing No one gets bored of Pogba.