After the terrible showing in Bordeaux on Wednesday night, it was vital Ciro Ferrara failed to get his Juventus team firing again in Sardina. Cagliari came into this game in great form, while Juve were reeling.
Ferrara made some very strange tactical choices and his team were out-thought, out-played and overwhelmed by Cagliari who simply worked harder and played better. Another 2-0 loss for a team expected to push Inter to the title.
Gianluigi Buffon: 6.5
Not really at fault for either goal, and made one or two vital blocks. Was let down in the worst way by the team in front of him, leaving him cruelly exposed on both goals.
Martin Caceres: 6.5
One of the only Juve players to emerge with any credit. Was still beaten a couple of times, but at least he put forth the effort, and also put some urgency into a pedestrian Juve attack. PLAYER OF THE DAY
Cristian Molinaro: 3.5
Hard to know where to begin. Simply not good enough to be at such a club. Crossing woeful, passing worse. Actually managed to miss the ball, kick his own shin and give away a throw whilst attempting a back heel.
Giorgio Chiellini: 6.5
Playing between Cannavaro and Molinaro whilst stemming the flow of blood from his nose, yet still having to cover three positions. Easily Juve's player of the season so far, he needs help in defence in the transfer window.
Fabio Cannavaro: 3.5
Beaten time and time again, never more so than on the second goal. He looked so slow today it was pitiful. His worst performance in any game you care to mention, including his time at Inter.
Momo Sissoko: 6
Gave away fouls, free kicks, and came close to being sent off on a number of occasions. Despite that, he was far from being the worst player on show, which says all you need to know about today's effort.
Christian Poulsen: 6
Again played better than his usual efforts in Bianconeri. Fast coming up to top form, although Juventus keep losing with him in the starting XI. Perhaps even his best is just not good enough?
Another game, another lineup built around the trequartista, another disappointing below par performance. No creativity, devoid of ideas. What makes this worse is that Ferrara has no desire to find a plan B.
Mauro Camoranesi: 6
Not up to the consistent high standards he has set for himself over the past six weeks. Frustrated and isolated he struggled to make any impact on the game but, unlike many of his team mates, at least he put the effort in and tried to change the game.
Claudio Marchisio: 5.5
Unfit, out of position, and clearly uncomfortable with both. Did well to last an hour after so long out of the side, The fact he was back in the starting XI was one of the only positives for the Old Lady and her fans.
Madness from Ferrara to field him in the position he did when Del Piero and Sebastian Giovinco are better suited, and he should have played where Poulsen was.
Unlucky to have both a goal disallowed and to be booked instead of earning a definite penalty. However, on current form he might do well to try obtain a San Marino passport as Italy and Brazil are unlikely to come calling.
Del Piero: 6.5
The only player offering creativity, Juve vastly improved with il Capitano on the field.
Only given ten minutes.
No time to have any influence on the game as he came on too late.