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Napoli vs. Juventus: Live Player Ratings for Bianconeri and Partenopei

CATANIA, ITALY - MARCH 26:  Jose' Callejon of Napoli celebrates the second goal during the Serie A match between Calcio Catania and SSC Napoli at Stadio Angelo Massimino on March 26, 2014 in Catania, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 30, 2014

Juventus face what is arguably their final possible hurdle on the path to a third straight Scudetto on Sunday evening.

The Stadio San Paolo is a tough place to go, but Antonio Conte's men were able to emerge victorious last year and essentially wrap up the title as a result.

If anyone can stop the Bianconeri, it's Rafa Benitez's troops, and Napoli have it all to play for as their quest for second place continues.

Here, we'll be dishing out live player ratings for both sides—updated at both half-time and full time!—so stay tuned to see if you agree with our assessment.

 

Napoli XI

Napoli XI
PlayerH/T RatingF/T Rating
Reina79
Henrique88
Fernandez77
Albiol77
Ghoulam79
Inler77
Jorginho66
Insigne77
Hamsik88
Callejòn88
Higuain76
Subs
PandevN/A7
MertensN/A7
DzemailiN/A6
B/R UK

Reina: Made one save of note as Napoli dominated for long periods. 

Henrique: Surprisingly mobile and threatening going forward on the right-hand side. Troubled Asamoah to the point where the Ghanaian was substituted.

Fernandez: Rarely troubled, solid at the back and precise in his passing.

Albiol: Struggled with the odd bit of movement from Osvaldo, but had a quiet night overall.

Ghoulam: Made good ground on the left and looked capable going forward. Came close with a free-kick.

Inler: Butchered Chiellini with a challenge, but held the midfield together very well.

Jorginho: Tidy on the ball but lacking in cutting edge. Expected to do more.

Insigne: A lively outlet on the left, ran directly at Lichtsteiner and had him worried. Isla handled him better.

Hamsik: Had a goal disallowed and forced Buffon into a stunning save. Played as a suffoco on Pirlo and did it very well.

Callejòn: A consistent threat either cutting in or venturing wide. Juve struggled with his pace.

Higuain: Very quiet, bottled up by Juve's three centre-backs and held without a chance.

 

Juve XI

Juve XI
PlayerH/T RatingF/T Rating
Buffon98
Caceres66
Bonucci55
Chiellini66
Lichtsteiner66
Pirlo65
Vidal66
Pogba55
Asamoah66
Osvaldo55
Llorente55
Subs
IslaN/A7
MarchisioN/A6
VucinicN/A7
B/R UK

Buffon: Made two astonishing stops to stop Napoli going 2-0 up in the first half.

Caceres: Looked uncomfortable and rusty early on, but improved as time went on.

Bonucci: Bonucci struggled without Barzagli at his side, working hard to keep Higuain at bay and failing more often than not.

Chiellini: Incredibly wasteful in possession, attempted hapless cross-field balls regularly.

Lichtsteiner: Squandered Juve's finest chance of the first half by shooting tamely at Reina. Ineffectual throughout.

Vidal: His knee buckled early on and he was poor from then. 

Pirlo: Very quiet, starved of the ball for most of the opening 30 minutes. 

Pogba: Subdued, but opened his legs a few times to drag Juve up the pitch. Disappointing overall.

Asamoah: Was beaten several times by Henrique; Hardly his best game. Hauled off early in the second half.

Osvaldo: Starved of the ball for long periods, but fashioned one excellent chance for Lichtsteiner.

Llorente: Barely touched the ball, had no effect on the game.

 


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