Inter-Juventus: Player Ratings in Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistApril 16, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14:  Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus FC celebrates victory after the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Juve entered the Derby d'Italia with almost nothing left to play for. The likelihood of Champions League football next season is slowly slipping away as the Bianconeri are quickly running out of games with which to catch Palermo. A 2-0 defeat here does not reflect the effort and commitment of a Juventus side which was performing well until Momo Sissoko's red card after 37 minutes. The 2009/10 season cannot end soon enough for this team and its fans.

Gianluigi Buffon: 7

Made two excellent saves, one from Thiago Motta, and one from Stankovic which only served to highlight his value to Juve, and how, much he was missed while injured recently. Couldn't be blamed for either goal.

Jonathan Zebina: 5

Again nothing at either end of the pitch. No ability in attack, no intelligence in defence. The gulf in class between him and Maicon, his opposite number, is almost a micro-analysis of the difference between the two clubs at present.

Fabio Cannavaro: 7

Once again a big performance in a big game for the Italy captain. When Inter are the opposition he seems a little taller, a little quicker, and that little bit more eager to be first to every ball. A point to prove perhaps?

Giorgio Chiellini: 6

Perhaps for the first and only time this season Chiellini was not Juve's best defender. He gave away a needless freekick which led to the opener, but still did well for most of the match.

Fabio Grosso: 5

A strong first half, it looked like he was following Cannavaro's example, but after the restart he was lost once again. Out of position far too often, he struggled badly to chase Eto'o, Pandev, and then Balotelli. Needed help down the flank with Maicon pressing forward at every opportunity, but poor tactical decisions from Zaccheroni left him cruelly exposed.

Claudio Marchisio: 6.5

After a great first half last match he was stuck out on the left again, where he is clearly uncomfortable. Moved more narrow after Juve were reduced to 10 men, but lacks confidence right now, a problem born from being shifted around far too often. Still got forward well, linking neatly with Del Piero and Diego, also covered back well to make some important challenges.

Momo Sissoko: 3.5

Will carry the blame for this defeat and probably rightly so. Debatable if contact was made with Zanetti on the foul which led to his second yellow card, but had made a number of bad fouls immediately before it and clearly let the team down here. Has to use his experience and know when and where to make that kind of tackle.

Felipe Melo: 5

Another player who seemingly just makes up the numbers, he contributed nothing at either end of the field, although he did make a bright start before the red card meant he would be sitting in front of the defence for the rest of the game.

Diego: 6

Looked tired in the first half and probably should have been the one sacrificed after Sissoko's suicide. Made as much as he could from the little he saw of the ball.

Alessandro Del Piero: 6.5

Was - wrongly - substituted for Poulsen in the first half, the latest in a seemingly endless run of bizarre and ridiculous changes made by Zaccheroni. Looked a likely scorer early on with some great touches and one great shot.

Vincenzo Iaquinta: 6

Worked tirelessly up front, and looked to have recovered much of his fitness. No real chances came his way, and he saw very little of the ball in the second half.


Christian Poulsen: 5.5

Did very little to influence the game, and was outplayed in central midfield by Cambiasso.

Amauri: 0

Another pointless change. Would be far better letting Ciro Immobile gain experience than seeing the "Italian" waste of space.

Salihamidzic: NM


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