Juventus-Napoli: Ratings In Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistNovember 1, 2009

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 31:  Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus FC looks dejected during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and SSC Napoli at Olimpico Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Following the highly impressive demolition of Sampdoria in mid-week, Juventus hosted Napoli in a game many expected to be a much easier test. Storming out to a two goal lead, Juventus seemingly had the game won, only to be undone by bad defending and a relentless Napoli who never gave up, handing Juve a demoralising 3-2 defeat. Adamo Digby marks the Bianconeri out of ten.

Gianluigi Buffon: 6.5

Another game, another wonder save for Superman—this time from Aronica's 19th minute strike. Played well and unable to keep Napoli at bay on his own, the defence vanishing in front of him left him helpless.

Zdenek Grygera: 5.5

At half time, this would be Grygera's best game of the season, solid in defence and combining well with Camoranesi in attack. A great cross for Trezeguet to open the scoring was a relief from a player who contributes little offence in any game. After the break came the Grygera we know only too well, exposed defensively by Datolo, he gave up attacking.

Fabio Grosso: 6

A poor game by the standards he has set since joining the club. Contributed little to the attack aside from poor crossiing. Defensively solid, but seemed to give the ball away too easily tonight.

Giorgio Chiellini: 6

Another below par performer, but nobody will be more disappointed than Chiellini. Not individually responsible for the goals, but the big number of recent weeks would've found a way to prevent them.

Fabio Cannavaro: 5

Looked solid in recent weeks but was left exposed and uncertain here, totally out of character performance from such an established players. Far too professional to let his feelings for Napoli affect his game, he was simply outclassed by Lavezzi. Juve must hope it is a one off.

Felipe Melo: 6

Much better at protecting the ball than previous games, but left the defence exposed on a number of occasions. Doesn't seem to have developed any kind of partnership with Poulsen. He seemed to miss Sissoko as much as the team did.

Christian Poulsen: 5

Another performance for his detractors to beat him with. Seemingly unsure of himself and his role, lost out too many times, ineffectual in attack, absent in defence. Easy to say he isn't good enough for Juve, but he needs to be much better than this to prevent the tifosi having an easy target.

Diego: 5.5

The Diego who dominated Sampdoria seems to need the confidence in the team to play freely. Looked good until he was really needed to provide inspiration. With the score at 2-2, it was time to shine, but he seemed to disappear. Asking him to play wide right stifled his game, a rare tactical error from the coach.

Mauro Camoranesi: 6.5

Made a good start, seemingly in the same form as the Sampdoria game, tormenting Napoli and creating openings. His withdrawal with a head injury after 30 mins hurt the team as much as him.

Sebastian Giovinco: 7

One of the only players to take any credit from the game, he had a chance score after just 45 seconds. Worked well off Grosso and Diego, and put plenty of effort defensively. A mature performance and deserved his well taken goal. PLAYER OF THE DAY

David Trezeguet: 6.5

Typical Trezeguet performance. Invisible to team-mates in the build up play, invisible in the box to opposing defenders. Did hardly anything, then popped up with a superb header to open the scoring. Had another good chance on the hour which he should have scored from.



Tiago: 4.5

Took Camoranesi's place and looked settled. Then gifted the winner to Napoli

Amauri: 4

Not much impact, apart from the kick to De Sanctis' head

De Ceglie: NM

No time to have any influence on the game.


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