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Juventus-Palermo: Player Ratings In Black and White
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Juventus went into this game undefeated under new coach Alberto Zaccheroni, but missing an astonishing number of players due to injury.

This left them bereft of options, particularly in midfield, meaning there was no where to turn once Palermo broke the deadlock.

The Sicilians deserved their victory, and the points after an excellent second half performance.

 

Alex Manninger: 6.5

Again showed why he is such a valuable asset as back up for Gigi Buffon, making a number of crucial saves. Left horribly exposed on both goals, neither of which he can be accountable for.

 

Zdenek Grygera: 5

Was looking like another good performance from the revitalised Czech who has benefited as much as anyone from the coaching change. Then came a back pass he will do well to forget anytime soon, gifting the second goal, and the three points to Budan.

 

Fabio Cannavaro: 4.5

Another performance to forget from a player who will be very fortunate to make it to the World Cup, as playing for his club seems beyond him at this moment. Gave Micolli far too much space to curl home the opener. Scored a well taken goal with the score at 0-1 which could have changed the outcome were it not cruelly ruled out for offside.

 

Giorgio Chiellini: 7

Yet again Juve's best defender, as he has been every match this season, covering for the errors of others. Also contributes so much in attack with his passing and aerial threat, a pity there are not three more of him in the squad. Player of the Day

 

Paolo De Ceglie: 6

Embarrassed by Cassani in the early part of the game, it is credit to him that he recovered to provide a good outlet down the left and prevent anymore attacks down his flank. Strangely substituted when his crossing was one of the only positive attacking threats.

 

Antonio Candreva: 4.5

Starting due to the lack of options, he saw plenty of the ball in the first half as Palermo left him unmarked in lots of space down the right hand side.

Sadly, he wasted possession on every occasion, and if there was any depth to the squad tonight he surely would have been taken off at halftime.

 

Felipe Melo: 6.5

A solid if unspectacular performance, must be praised for the strong tackling and plenty of energy and desire he brings to the team. He cannot be blamed for what is missing in midfield; creativity, guile and goals. Will never be that kind of player.

 

Momo Sissoko: 6

Much like his midfield partner, he covered the defence well, put in plenty of tackles, and made a decent contribution going forward too. Also kept his play simple, as he often tries too hard to impress.

 

Diego: 6.5

Played well in patches, but is suffering for the teams lack of width. A threat down the right would stretch defences, leaving room for the trequartista to flourish. As it is he is left to battle in a congested central area, teams able to crowd him out and nullify his creative spark. Needs help from the midfield behind him if he is to help the side.

 

Alessandro Del Piero: 6.5

The captain played well again today, linking well again with Diego to create what few chances Juventus had.

Like the Brazilian he suffered from the lack of space to work his magic. When play is so condensed his lack of pace is exposed, he missed Amauri's ability to hold up play and stretch the defence.

 

David Trezeguet: 5.5

The problem with Trezeguet is when he does not score he contributes little else, and with the Bianconeri so lacking creativity, he received very few opportunities to do his job - score goals.

 

Substitutes:

Jonthan Zebina: NM

Fabio Grosso: NM

Michele Paolucci: NM

All three came on far too late to contribute, and none of the three possess the qualities needed to change anything, which is not to criticise any of them, just highlights the severity of the injury list.

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