Bayern Munich vs. Juventus: Rating the Players in the Champions League First Leg
The match between Bayern Munich and Juventus was billed as the most even in the Champions League quarterfinals, but it turned out to be a one-way affair as the German giants were too much for a staggering old lady to handle.
Despite it being lopsided from the very start, a 2-0 lead on aggregate is not insurmountable for Juventus, and they still have a chance when they host Bayern at their brand new stadium in Turin.
I reckon the poor form from the Bianconeri was also due to the fact they expended so much energy in the Derby d'Italia over the weekend against Inter, where only a few players were allowed the rest.
Neutrals will be hoping that the team with the black and white pinstripes will revert to the form that saw them go on a near historic 49-match undefeated streak last year and drop their temporary Siena-esque form.
Anyway, let's move on to the player ratings for Juventus:
OFFICIAL RATING SCALE:
0.0 - 2.5: Elvis Abbruscato
Does Juventus have a chance in the second leg?
3.0 - 3.5: Diabolical
4.0 - 4.5: Poor
5.0 - 5.5: Below Average
6.0 - 6.5: Average
7.0 - 7.5: Good
8.0 - 8.5: Great
9.0 - 9.5: Orgasmic
10.0: Does perfection exist?
Gianluigi Buffon (5.0): Needed to do better on David Alaba's deflected strike in the opening minute. Despite making a few key saves, he was way poorer than his usual superstar standard and even botched a number of clearances.
Giorgio Chiellini (5.0): Could have been sent off for absolutely battering Mario Mandzukic on every aerial challenge. Unnecessarily rugged in defense and clumsy the few times he ventured forward.
Leonardo Bonucci (4.5): A few costly giveaways on the defensive side and his usual pinpoint passing was about as accurate as the Mayan calendar.
Andrea Barzagli (5.0): The usually composed defender was sloppy, nearly giving away an opportunity to Arjen Robben.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (5.5): Plenty of stamina on the right flank and was one of the best players for Juventus, even though that says little. His booking means he'll miss the return leg in Turin, which is a major loss for the Bianconeri.
Federico Peluso (5.0): Had a torrid time operating on the left flank, but then again, he had to go up against the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm for most of the match—an unenviable task for any defender.
Arturo Vidal (5.5): Also booked and will be the biggest loss for Juventus in the second leg. Arturo valiantly fought in the midfield but risked getting sent off on a number of occasions. Then again, referee Mark Clattenburg was absolutely diabolical all night.
Andrea Pirlo (4.0): Perhaps the worst half Andrea Pirlo has ever played with a Juventus shirt on. His display in the first half evoked memories of his last few years at Milan, when he'd get dispossessed far too easily. Seemed too slow to handle this type of atmosphere.
Claudio Marchisio (4.5): Work-rate is never in question, but like Pirlo, he had his pockets picked far too easily. Failed to make the penetrating runs to help the two strikers at the front.
Alessandro Matri (4.0): Should have gotten a 3.5 but his hair gave him the extra 0.5 boost. Unlike Mario Mandzukic, he was not able to hold up the ball with any success and looked out of his element.
Fabio Quagliarella (4.0): As we've seen with Mr. Dreamgoal throughout his career, a world-class performance is often followed up by 90-minutes of anonymity. Invisible against Bayern and will likely go back to the bench in favor of Mirko Vucinic in the second leg.
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