Juventus vs. Bologna: Live Player Ratings

Charlie MelmanCorrespondent IIApril 19, 2014

BOLOGNA, ITALY - DECEMBER 06: Fernando Llorente # 14 of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Juventus at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on December 6, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)
Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

Juventus took on Bologna in Turin for a match that had major title implications. Here are ratings for the Juventus players at half-time and full-time, with a couple notes on each.

Juventus Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating

First Half:

Buffon: Had nothing at all to do.

Barzagli: Could have supported the attack more, but had an unremarkable first half.

Ogbonna: Rarely called into action, but did well on the couple occasions when he was.

Chiellini: See Ogbonna.

Isla: Did a bit better than Barzagli, but could have used more of the energy he wasn't using in defense to support the attack.

Pogba: Juventus' most threatening and dynamic attacking threat. Came close with an early shot that could have been handled better.

Pirlo: Had a couple decent chances from free-kicks but scuffed them. Did well to control the play, as he always does.

Marchisio: Had a couple decent attacking moments but it would not be surprising if he was sacrificed for a more attack-oriented player.

Asamoah: Utterly anonymous and struggled to have an impact on the game.

Llorente: Did relatively well holding the ball up around the box but needs to do better with his positioning so he can get on the end of Juventus' crosses.

Giovinco: Tricky and crafty as usual, but very little was coming off for him.


Full time:

Buffon: Had one thing to do.

Barzagli: Mostly sat in Bologna's half; one of his easier days.

Ogbonna: Rarely had to do defensive work but did very well on one occasion to stifle what could have been a productive break for Bologna by standing firm.

Chiellini: Mostly worked in the opposition's half but distributed the ball well.

Isla: Created chances well and almost scored with a cracking left-footed shot in the second half.

Pogba: Easily Juventus' best player on the night. Always looked more like a threat to score than anyone else on the pitch and it was not surprising that he took the game by the scruff of the neck and netted the only goal of the match.

Pirlo: Calm and composed as always and supported the attack more than usual when Bologna's resistance proved particularly strong.

Marchisio: Removed due to injury but was solid.

Asamoah: Where was he? Utterly anonymous. Antonio Conte would not be pleased, but he might not have even been aware that he fielded the Ghanaian. So at least he has that going for him.

Llorente: Drew away defenders and helped the attack move. Could have done better though.

Giovinco: His flicks did not quite work but he greased the skids of Juventus' attack and opened up space for others.

Padoin: N/A

Vidal: N/A