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Livorno-Juventus: Ratings in Black and White
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Juventus stumbled to yet another disappointing result tonight, being held to a 1-1 draw away to Serie strugglers Livorno. Alberto Zaccheroni implemented his favoured three-man defence, yet the numbers never seem to quite add up for the Bianconeri. Yet another change in formation, yet the teams form remains the same. Now as low as sixth in the league, fans of the Old Lady are right to be concerned.

 

Gianluigi Buffon: 6.5

Growing ever more frustrated at the team's dismal results, Buffon had no chance with Livorno's opener, Fillipini just had too much time to place his header. Made a number of good saves and distributed well. Showed a neat turn under pressure, too!

 

Fabio Cannavaro: 5.5

Another poor performance from the Italy captain, He was caught out of position on the goal. Cannavaro struggled with both the leg injury he picked up early and the mask he is wearing to protect his injured nose. Substituted after a harsh yellow for handball.

 

Nicola Legrottaglie: 7

Looked comfortable in the centre of the new-look defence and benefited from the system as he has been missing out recently. His goal was well taken and rescued a much-needed point for the Bianconeri. Player of the Day

 

Giorgio Chiellini: 6.5

Yet again proved he is the best defender at the club, adapting with ease to Zaccheroni's new system. Not only solid in defence, he joined in plenty of attacking play, linking well with Grosso and Del Piero down the Juve left.

 

Martin Caceres: 6

Was slow getting across to Vitale, which enabled his cross to set up the first goal, but otherwise a good game defensively. Pressed forward often, finding plenty of space out wide, but his passing and crossing was very poor tonight, in a week the club spent trying to secure his permanent signing from Barcelona.

 

Antonio Candreva: 6

Spent most of the first half trying to make sure the Livorno fans and players knew he was back, committing some terrible fouls and tough tackles on his former teammates. After he settled, he was pretty ineffective. Needs to be much more of a threat, not to mention a source of creativity if the new formation is to work.

 

Felipe Melo: 4.5

Once again Sissoko's absence from the starting line-up and the Brazilian has a bad game. Needless fouls, constant arguments, poor passing, his whole game seems to have deserted him. The referee probably did him a favour sending him off for a second yellow card. In current form, the Juve fans will be glad of a suspension, too.

 

Fabio Grosso: 6

Caught too far up the field on the Livorno goal. He seemed to thrive in a more advanced position before struggling to shake of the effect of a second half foul. Substituted.

 

Diego: 6.5

Another step in the right direction, as he was at the heart of most of Juve's attacking play. A good free-kick to set up Legrottaglie's equaliser, although he did waste a number of set piece opportunities before that. Raised his game in the second half as Juve chased an elusive win.

 

Alessandro Del Piero: 6.5

Lots of effort and endeavour tonight from the Bianconeri captain, but no goal. Put in a good performance before being sacrificed to hold on the draw following Melo's dismissal.

 

Amauri: 5

If it were possible to sum up a whole football club in one player, Amauri is that man for Juventus. Out of form, out of touch, struggling, unable to score, not creating chances, and almost certainly not the force he was a year and a half ago. The sooner Trezeguet or Iaquinta get fit the better for all concerned.

 

Substitutes

 

Jonathan Zebina: 6

On for Cannavaro just after the break and did well.

 

Paolo De Ceglie: 6

On for Grosso, his pace troubled Livorno late on.

 

Manuel Giandonato: NM

Came on too late to make much impression on his debut.

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