Player Ratings

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Juventus Player Ratings

March 8, 2018 - 8:50 am

Juventus performed a remarkable comeback, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.


Player Ratings


Gigi Buffon: A good early save set the tempo for San Gigi and while he might have done better on Son’s goal, he was on form for the rest of the match, Smart positioning, a few parries and straightforward claims, but he was switched on throughout.  6.5/10

Medhi Benatia: Not at his absolute best and he picked up a silly booking. Didn’t do anything wrong in particular, but he is normally a more dominant presence at the back.  6.0/10

Giorgio Chiellini: A monstrous performance. 5 tackles, 13 clearances and 3 vital interceptions doesn’t tell the whole story – He marked Harry Kane so closely that the striker was simply unable to find the space to operate. Foot perfect in the box, grinta until the end – His heroics at the back carried us forward in the second half. Bravo Giorgio! 9.0/10

Andrea Barzagli: Really struggled to contain Son and found himself beaten for pace each time. Looked better when moved into the centre, later in the game. A solid display. 6.0/10

Alex Sandro: A poor first half where he couldn’t hold onto the ball and his passing was wayward almost every time. Massively improved in the second half as the game became more stretched in the wide areas and he was able to spend more time in the Spurs half.Decent. 6.0/10



Blaise Matuidi: Bags of energy and running, but he lacked direction in midfield. Rarely able to dominate or hold onto the ball, he provided a little defensive cover but very little going forward.  5.5/10

Sami Khedira: Provided a great assist for Higuain to open the scoring, but i’m not entirely sure it was intentional. Incredibly poor in midfield, won just 2/7 tackles and offered precious little by way of attacking threat or cover for his back-line. Poor.  5.0/10

Miralem Pjanic: The early booking might have tempered his play, but he lacked any kind of invention on his set-pieces and was all too easily bullied off the ball. He’s a player that needs his midfield teammates to offer him more, and he inevitably suffered for Matuidi and Khedira’s poor displays.  5.5/10



Douglas Costa: Exceptional – Of all the players on the pitch, only he looked capable of testing the Spurs back line and it was woeful officiating that saw his claim for a penalty waived away. He had the trickery and single-mindedness to run at the Spurs defence and really test them. Lethal down the flanks, if only his teammates had capitalied more on his industry. 7.5/10

Paulo Dybala: A ghost in the first half, largely due to lack of any kind of service from the midfield. On the occasions when he did get the ball, he was all too easily pressured off it.  The change in tactics bought about a change in play, and La Joya kept his composure to put away a brilliantly threaded pass from Higuain. On the balance of play, he deserves a lower rating, but he scored the goal that made the difference and credit is due for keeping a level-head in a season changing moment. 7.0/10

Gonzalo Higuain: Quiet in the first half, but not for lack of trying. He was forced to drop deep for the ball and rarely had any support around him when he did get the ball higher up. Displayed true strikers instinct to net the equaliser and played a perfectly weighted through ball for the winner. Exceptional when it counted, grande Pipa!   7.5/10



Kwadwo Asamoah: A brilliant substitution – His introduction, along with Lichtsteiner’s, seemingly bought more stability at the back and allowed the players in the wide areas to be more of a threat. He was brilliant at the back as well, strong in the tackle, and barely a foot wrong. 6.5/10

Stephan Lichtsteiner: Much like Asamoah, his presence at the back gave more impetus to the attack, particularly the flanks.  6.5/10

Stefano Sturaro: Came on late in the game to keep the midfield moving. N/A

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    E.Micallef March 8, 2018 at 9:53 am

    We went to hell and back in minutes. All deserve a high vote. We never give up and stand incredibly cool in the eyes of adversity. We are one again in the top 8 of European most prestigious cup competition. Where others fail PSG we strive on. And nobody likes to face us cause they know we are hard as hell. We see who’s next. PSG played well in the group but….. We are there standing once again PROUD

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      Phantasm del Futbolista March 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      If PSG manage to snag Conte and keep Neymar, then they really will be a force to behold; then all the Hype surrounding them suddenly becomes far more real.

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    E.Micallef March 8, 2018 at 11:59 am

    And please to everyone we played against a side that topped the group which had Madrid. Cause everyone seems to forget the detail. I do not every champions match is a challenge the more the challenge the sweeter the success

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      Phantasm del Futbolista March 9, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      I actually want Madrid or City Next…. or Chelsea (if they make it past Barca wich i believe won’t happen)

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    Praval March 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I will rate Khedira higher than Pjanic. Barzagli as rb was making son look like Ronaldo and that’s why Howedes’ absence hurts. Superb comeback by the team.

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      Phantasm del Futbolista March 9, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      based on what? Khedira has been in bad form almost all seson, this isn’t the Khedira of last. I thank Khedira’s brilliance for Higuains Assist, when most players would have gone for goal, but still that is just 1 game, and 1 moment where he switched on

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        Praval March 10, 2018 at 7:33 am

        The ratings are for this game and not for the season.

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          Phantasm del Futbolista March 11, 2018 at 3:22 am

          I see, yea my bad, can’t argue with that though, Intentional or not, he influenced the game more than Pjanic who was surprisingly woeful

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        Dar Black March 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        At last something we can agree on! Khedira is awful, has been all season ( and last ) except against the minnows of Serie A, and I don’t think he knew much about his Gonzo assist on Wednesday. Roll on his exit.

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          Phantasm del Futbolista March 11, 2018 at 3:25 am

          Unfortunately I dont think Can will fair far better. Wish we would go for Fabinho, or Docure, or Ndidi instead.

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    JuveAllDay March 8, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    The grit and calm displayed by the side and manager yesterday in crunch time was a thing of beauty! What an exciting two legs. We did not play our best, but still managed to put away a strong team with an away victory

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    E.Micallef March 9, 2018 at 6:12 pm