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Young Boys 2-1 Juventus Player Ratings

December 14, 2018

Juventus topped their Champions League group despite a woeful display against a Young Boys side who deserved their 2-1 victory.

 

Juventus Player Ratings

Woj Szczesny: Despite the the scoreline, I thought he played pretty well on balance. The opening goal came through a penalty that he wasn’t far off saving after guessing the right direction. The second goal was a decent counter and he was left at sea by his defence – Those moments aside, he was in control, as per usual. 7.0/10

Daniele Rugani: As is customary when he comes back into the team, he looked a little shaky to begin with. As the came progressed, he came into his own and was actually the more encouraging of the defensive pairing. The interception below was one of two, this one being the more vital to stop Young Boys potentially scoring a third. 6.5/10

Leonardo Bonucci: All too easily beaten on the Young Boys second goal where he was beaten for pace while Hoarau easily cut back in and got his shot away. Poor in the air on another occasion and reliant on Rugani to cover for him. Offered very little from the back to redeem himself – A poor night. 5.0/10

Mattia De Sciglio: Didn’t offer too much in terms of attacking threat but defensively, he marked Aebischer very well and let little past him. 6.0/10

Juan Cuadrado: Managed just 20 minutes before being subbed off with injury. N/A

 

Midfield

Rodrigo Bentancur: The better of the midfield pairing, his passing was decent, he got stuck in on the tackles, provided some key passes into the attack as well as some good tackles and interceptions. Possibly the best starting player on the pitch. 6.5/10

Miralem Pjanic: There was little wrong with his passing but he offered little penetration and created little of note for Juve. Looked sluggish and off the pace, possibly due to fatigue as he’s played a number of games in a row of late and looks in need of a rest. 5.5/10

Douglas Costa: Looked a little aimless in the opening half but made an improvement in the second 45′ as he pushed forward to try and create opportunities. His dribbling was much improved as the game progressed but he lacked anything of note in terms of attacking contribution. 6.0/10

Federico Bernardeschi: There were moments where he played some good passes but in terms of overall play, he looked off the pace and rarely managed to force his way into the game. Seemed a passenger for much of the game and was desperately in need of minutes. 4.5/10

 

Attack

Mario Mandzukic: Captained the side for the first time in the Champions League but aside from one headed chance, he made little other contribution of note. A night to forget. 5.0/10

Cristiano Ronaldo: There’s no denying, he got into the right places to create chances and he should have had a hattrick by the close of the opening half. There was at least one moment where he should have passed the ball to Costa who had a better chance of scoring. His assist for Dybala part way redeemed him, but that needless intervention on Dybala’s incredible second helped chalk the goal off – A needless play from him where he wanted to make his presence felt when he should have just stood aside. 4.5/10

 

Substitutes

Paulo Dybala: Came on with 20 minutes left and should have drawn the game for us. An excellent first goal and world-class second that should have stood. Exceptional. 7.0/10

Alex Sandro: A harsh penalty call seemed to be his telling contribution but he had moments in the attack where he should have finished his efforts. 5.5/10

Emre Can: Gave us a little more muscle and fight in the centre after the midfield was outmatched for so much of the game. 6.0/10

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