Parma-Juventus: Ratings In Black and White
In the first game after the Winter Break it was vital Juventus picked up a win here in Parma. The three points were all-important, everything else could take a back seat. In a performance that spoke volumes about the respect they hold for their under fire manager, Ciro Ferrara's team battled their way to a hard-fought, but deserved, 2-1 win. Here are the player ratings for the Bianconeri.
Alex Manninger: 7.5
Amoruso and Biabiany tested him in first half, and the stand-in for Gigi Buffon once again proved up to the task. Looked solid when needed, a reassuring performance.
Martin Caceres: 4.5
Put in a typical performance, solid in defence and willing to help where possible in attack. No doubt about either yellow, his sending off came as no surprise, and will boost further the comparisons with fellow Uruguayan Paolo Montero!
Fabio Grosso: 6
Much improved in defence since the last outing, but his crossing still woeful. Always making runs and getting in good positions, the end product sadly lacking. It will return, and his ever-present energy is vital to Juve's game plan.
Nicola Legrottaglie: 5
Wasted a golden chance to kill the game, and was turned much too easily on a couple of occasions. Despite this, his partnership with Chiellini still looks the best option in central defence for the club.
Giorgio Chiellini: 7.5
His first game back after a nose operation he never missed a beat. 95 minutes of passion, quality defending and fair but brutal tackling. He is clearly the club's best defender, and is even more obviously in need of help. Roberto Bettega needs to identify some reinforcements quickly.
Hasan Salihamadzic: 6
Despite scoring for the second consecutive game, Brazzo looked off the pace and looked almost relieved to be substituted. Barely contributed anything to a midfield that needs to prove itself to both fans and media alike.
Felipe Melo: 5.5
Still not confident in his own play, he grew more and more nervous as the final whistle approached. Did make a number of good tackles and tried to keep his passing simple. Probably misses Sissoko more than anyone, as his presence seems to bring out the best in the Brazilian.
Claudio Marchisio: 6
Stuck out on the left his best qualities are wasted, yet he did his best and barely put a foot wrong. Ran as much and as hard as possible, but Juve need something different out wide, which Marchisio just cannot provide.
Christian Poulsen: 6.5
Vital interceptions, good tackling, sensible distribution. All simple, obvious things, yet Poulsen was easily Juve's best midfielder here today. A sad indictment of the missing qualities, but praise indeed for the Dane. Deserves to stay in Turin after putting in a number of similar performances, but not starting every game.
Another involved, classy first half showing, the much criticised trequartista. Continued to torment Parma until Ferrara was left with no choice but to sacrifice him after the red card to Caceres.
David Trezeguet: 5.5
An injury meant he only lasted 20 minutes before being replaced by Amauri.
A solid performance from yet another under pressure player. Held the ball up well and brought the midfield into play, his skill was vital as the ten men held on. Never really threatened, but at least it stopped him from wasting more chances!
Zdenek Grygera: 6
Came on at right back and did exactly as required without needing time to settle. Proved he is a good back up, which Juve need.
Paolo De Ceglie: NM
No time to make an impression, but should see more time now the awful Molinaro is in Germany.
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