Juventus-Catania: Ratings in Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2009

The crisis deepens for Juventus as bottom club Catania earn their first away win of the year in Turin.

Looking like conceding a goal every time the opposition attacked and creating very little going forward, this performance was as bad as it gets for la Vecchia Signora and her fans.

The winter break will bring welcome respite from the harsh realities of Series A, with the January transfer window offering the chance of much-needed reinforcements. The players are each rated out of 10.


Alex Manninger: 6

Looked solid in his first game as stand-in for the injured Buffon, conceding from a penalty, and left exposed on the counter for the second. Blame for either goal cannot be placed on the shoulders of the former Arsenal man.


Martin Caceres: 6

Still the best option Juve have at right back, but not as good as recent weeks today, as he was beaten number of times. Provided a much-needed outlet down the right flank, which looks even weaker now Camoranesi is out injured.


Fabio Grosso: 5.5

Was as solid as usual in defence and always a willing runner in attack. Sadly, today his end product went missing, leading to some awful crosses and a couple of disappointingly poor shots on goal when he was in great positions.


Nicola Legrottaglie: 5.5

Easy to forget the former Chievo and Siena player was on the field at times. He reminded everyone with a great saving tackle, but also was guilty of wasting possession a number of times.


Fabio Cannavaro: 6

For once he was not to blame for either the goal or the penalty and generally looked assured defensively. Also managed to contribute a threat in attack, one almost leading to a Trezeguet goal.


Felipe Melo: 3

Looked every inch the Bindone D'oro he was bestowed with earlier in the week, and his slump just gets deeper every week. Seemingly gave away possession every time he touched the ball. His confidence at kick off was rock bottom, and his 31st minute substitution will have done nothing to improve it.


Claudio Marchisio: 6

Seemed set for a good match, but after the penalty he fell away, but needs to remember he is still only young, and players like him need to see leaders to help them through the difficult times. Sadly for him, the Bianconeri seem short in that department, too.


Tiago: 4

Guilty of giving away a needless penalty, he also wasted any good chances or possession that came his way. The fact he had to start due to lack of options in midfield says more about the sorry state of the Juventus squad than anything else.


Diego: 7

Finally seemed to shake off his own woes and put in plenty of effort this afternoon. Full of running and endeavour, he was the only player in Bianconeri to be a constant threat to Catania. A great pass to Salihamadzic for the goal, but he did waste a great chance after excellent work down the right from Caceres.


Amauri: 5

Another player in an unshakable funk, the Brazilian just cannot score right now. Played in for a number of good chances, he just does not seem capable of finding the net. If Alessandro Del Piero or Vincenzo Iaquinta were fully fit, he would be getting the break he surely needs.


David Trezeguet: 6

As usual most of the game he was invisible, but you expect that from Trezeguet. He provided Amauri with a glorious chance on the volley, and showed his devotion to Juventus when continuing after a collision. Missed a good chance late on.




Hasan Salihamadzic: 6.5


Took his goal well and provided some much needed quality in midfield.


Sebastian Giovinco: 6.5


Showed more of a threat in 30 minutes than most managed in 90, proving a place for him needs to be found in the starting lineup.


Del Piero: 5.5

Excellent as always in possession, but offered little threat to goal.


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