Juventus-Fiorentina: Ratings In Black and White

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Juventus-Fiorentina: Ratings In Black and White
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An entertaining game between two old and bitter rivals finished 1-1. Adamo Digby continues his assessment of the Bianconeri players, rating each out of ten as always. Ciro Ferrara's men are win-less in five games but played well here in Turin to earn a point.

Gianluigi Buffon: 6  

Uncharacteristic mistake on the Fiorentina opener; beaten on the near post, but left exposed by a defensive lapse. Had very little else to do.

Zdenek Grygera: 5

Caught badly out of position on the goal, and was dominated by Vargas all game, Jovetic doubling up on that side added to his woes. Offered little going forward and cant expect many more chances to seize the starting shirt at right-back.

Fabio Grosso: 6

Not his best game in Bianconeri. Solid enough in defence but his crossing was very poor. Far below his recent performances.

Giorgio Chiellini: 7.5

Seemed much more assured alongside Cannavaro, and it showed throughout the game. Gilardino got nothing from him and was made to look very ordinary. Made a number of vital headed clearances. Player of the Day

Fabio Cannavaro: 7

A solid game, although struggled at times with Jovetic. His leadership, experience, and organisational skills have been missed. His partnership with Chiellini grows every game, which is great news for Juve and Italy. Not so good if you're Legrottaglie!

Momo Sissoko: 7

A difficult game to make a comeback from such a long lay-off, but showed why he has been missed. Physical, combative, and dominant in midfield, looked to compliment Melo well. The early booking for a dive put him under greater pressure but coped well.

Felipe Melo: 7

Covered lots of ground, ran the midfield, especially in the first half. Much improved from last two displays, but he was lucky not to be caught in possession a number of times. Expected a goal, a red card or both against his former club, got neither.

Christian Poulsen: 6.5

A surprising performance from the Dane, not as physical as his midfield partners. Played well and clearly trying to impress, his passing was inspired here, particularly the through-ball for the equaliser. Will need to maintain this level to justify selection now Sissoko is fit again.

Diego: 7

Back to the form of early season after a couple of poor showings. Was made to work hard but still showed his class and was inventive. Always looking for an opening and raised the tempo of attack.

Iaquinta: 6

Worked hard for the team as always, but wasted a number of good chances. Unselfish in setting up the goal for his partner Amauri. The performance of Gamberini and Dainelli had to be excellent to cope with his recent form, sadly for Juve, it was!

Amauri: 6

Could not miss this chance after being handed in so well by Iaquinta, but still looked relieved to see the net bulge at last. Wasted several headers, almost passing them to Frey, but hopefully the goal will improve his performances in the next few games.

 

Substitues:

De Ceglie NM

Not on long enough to make an impact.

Camoranesi: 5

Played over 20 mins, but still did very little.

Trezeguet NM

 

No time to make any impact.

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