Juventus-Atalanta: Ratings in Black and White

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Juventus-Atalanta: Ratings in Black and White
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After the nightmare of the Napoli game came a visit to Bergamo for the game against Atalanta, managed by Bianconeri legend Antonio Conte. Needing a win to keep pressure on Inter, Ciro Ferrara's team had to win this one.

Storming into a 2-0 lead, Juve gave their fans another scare before putting the result beyond doubt with late goals. Adamo Digby rates the players out of 10 as always.

 

Gianluigi Buffon: 6

Very little to do for Superman, but for seemingly the first time this season he conceded a goal that was partly his fault. After a great defence splitting pass from Guarente put Valdes clean through, Buffon surprised everyone by not saving the shot. Has saved Juve countless times this season, he will be as disappointed as anyone.

 

Martin Caceres: 6.5

Once again proved why he is fast becoming Juve's best option at right back. Strong in the challenge, good recovery pace and a handy contributor going forward. The man in the mask gave a more assured performance than two World Cup winners alongside him. Still lots to learn, but getting there steadily—the club personified?

 

Fabio Grosso: 5

His poorest game in Bianconeri. He seemed ready to come off after picking up a knock, Legrottaglie was all but ready to come on, and perhaps he should. Uncharacteristically poor going forward, he was even worse defending. Completely out of position on the second goal, allowing Ceravolo all the time and space he needed.

 

Giorgio Chiellini: 7.5

Another solid game from the clubs best defender. Always keen to get involved going forward too, he offers so much to the team he is impossible to leave out at the moment. Hopefully the International break will give him time to work on his partnership with Cannavaro without the intense pressure of Serie A.

 

Fabio Cannavaro: 5.5

Again a weak performance from a player who should be controlling the defence and guiding players around him, he looks increasingly uncertain and unsure, perhaps he and Chiellini both struggling to play as the right centre back. Totally caught out on the first goal, he needs to find his class again, perhaps a week in Azzurri is just the cure?

 

Felipe Melo: 7.5

Back to the dominating midfield displays of the early season, took on the challenge of playing without Sissoko instead of wilting as he has recently. His passing was much better, hardly gave the ball away, whereas recently he's struggled to pass to a team mate! Unlucky to have one goal ruled out, he made sure with a thunderbolt not long after.

 

Christian Poulsen: 6

Better than most of his performances so far, he put in plenty of effort and endeavor here, but it just never seems to be enough. No matter how hard he works the fact remains he simply is out of his depth at the club. Better reinforcements are needed, particularly when Sissoko goes to the African Cup of Nations in January. Did make

 

Diego: 7

Still not setting the pace of games as his role suggests he should, but better than the Napoli game. He seems to be on the fringe of the game all too often, winning free kicks in good positions then wasting the chance, or struggling to create when not fouled.

Looked more nervous than anyone when Atalanta came back. Did seal the tie with a neat finish, but the goal left many wondering why he doesn't get into those positions more often.

 

Mauro Camoranesi: 8.5

Yet again Juve's best player. At the heart of everything for the Bianconeri, the new formation seems tailor-made for him. Offers so much in attack, and not shy in getting back and helping the defence. Seemed much more comfortable with Caceres behind him. His two goals broke the game open, and a cross to Diego sealed the points.

 

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Sebastian Giovinco: 5.5

A poor performance tonight, which has been rare from him this season. Heavily fouled early on and it seemed to take him out of the game. Did show glimpses of his ability but all too rare. Need to be more consistent, he is probably the one who'll miss out when Del Piero returns.

 

David Trezeguet: 7

The toughest player to mark as he does absolutely nothing for large parts of the game, but then gets on the score-sheet to become the joint highest scoring foreigner in club history. Typical Trezeguet performance. Invisible but on the scoresheet. Again.

 

Substitutes

De Ceglie: 6.5

Came on for Giovinco and strengthened the team out wide, solid and versatile.

Immobile: NM

No time to have any influence on the game, but good experience.

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