Juventus-Bari: Ratings in Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistDecember 13, 2009

BARI, ITALY - DECEMBER 12:  Diego of Juventus FC misses a penalty during the Serie A match between AS Bari and Juventus FC at Stadio San Nicola on December 12, 2009 in Bari, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Juventus were coming out of one of the strangest weeks in a long time. Sheer inconsistency seems to be the only consistent thing about the team at the moment, capable of beating rivals Inter, then humiliated 4-1 by Bayern Munchen. Now a loss to Bari, in which the team looked poor.

This tough spell has many fans and pundits over-reacting, calling for a new coach, players and board. Here are the ratings from the match.

Gianluigi Buffon: 6

Playing hurt to try help his side through the difficult times, he made a couple of important saves but was once again left exposed and helpless on the three goals Bari did score.

Martin Caceres: 6.5

The more you watch him, the more you are reminded of his coach in his playing days. Gritty, determined, and always willing to give every ounce of effort. Almost a throw-back to another era, Juve's right back is a proper defender in every sense. Unable to prevent Bari's goals on his own, however.

Christian Molinaro: 5

Why Ferrara keeps picking him when Grosso doesn't play is a mystery. Paolo De Ceglie is a much better option. Bari tore him to pieces, and then he left the field injured, replaced by Grosso. A wasted substitution, should not be starting games.

Nicola Legrottaglie: 5.5

Had a bad game, but believe it is his partner that is the cause of the problem. When Chiellini returns, the former Chievo man should be given a chance to resurrect last seasons solid partnership.

Fabio Cannavaro: 4.5

Where was the tough leader of a week ago? Playing the team who cast him out as a spent force five seasons ago always seems to focus the Italy captain, but today he was back to old and sluggish. The challenge for the penalty was awful, as was the clearance he cannoned into Molinaro when there was no danger. Becoming a liability.

Christian Poulsen: 6.5

The Dane was one of Juve's better players tonight, which is an indictment of the teams poor performance. Provided some defensive cover, but his booking will see him suspended next week.

Tiago: 5.5

Returned to the lineup, he seemed lost on the pitch. Had at least two golden chances to score his first Juve goal. Will not receive many more to show his true form for the club.

Claudio Marchisio: 5

This must go down as his worst game for the first team. At fault for the opening goal, he was caught in possession too often and missed a good first-half chance. Perhaps playing alongside Poulsen and Tiago causes him to lose confidence, he looks a different player alongside Sissoko.

Diego: 6

Found some space to play in, and looked like the Diego we hope for every week, especially in the first half. The strength shown to get off the shot leading to Trezeguet's goal was impressive. Undid all his good work missing the penalty, but with the expectation on him, it wasn't the biggest surprise when he missed.

David Trezeguet: 7

Played well today, doing his job and looking hungry. A typical TrezeGOL equaliser, you know what you get when you put him out there.

Amauri: 5

In need of a break. Missed numerous chances, seemingly all too aware of the spotlight on him and his fellow under-performing Brazilians at the moment. Would expect him to be benched in favour of Del Piero next week.


Grosso: 7

Transformed the whole left side of the pitch following his introduction. Solid in defence and dangerous in attack. Only made one mistake tonight—not taking the penalty he won himself!

Giovinco: 7

Made huge impact in the short time he was given, a great reserve to have, but has to be used earlier when things are not going well.

Camoranesi: NM

No time to have any influence on the game.


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