Catania-Juventus: Player Ratings in Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistMay 2, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 25:  Claudio Marchisio of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and AS Bari at Stadio Olimpico on April 25, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Juventus needed all three points here to keep alive the faintest hope of Champions League football for next season. It wasn't to be as Catania deservedly earned the point that ensures their Serie A survival. It was yet another disjointed, uninspiring performance from the Bianconeri , which is unsurprising given the fact that both the coach and many of the current squad are under no illusion that their futures lie elsewhere.

Gianluigi Buffon: 7

Another heroic display from Superman, which underlines his importance to Juventus. Made a number of stops that were certain goals, including the initial save on the set-piece which eventually led to the opening goal which he was powerless to prevent.

Jonathan Zebina: 4

Not content with allowing numerous players to drift in behind him, Zebina today decided to waste one of the teams best chances after Diego set him up beautifully, and then seemed determined to get himself sent off. Repeat after me: "only two more games, only two more games..."

Fabio Cannavaro: 6.5

A steady performance from him today, much improved from many of his recent displays—surely no coincidence as the World Cup draws ever nearer. Dealt well with the threat of Maxi Lopez.

Giorgio Chiellini: 6

Not his usual dominant self this afternoon, it was a one of his worse displays of the season, yet he was still better than half his teammates, which shows how important he has been and how much he has carried the team this year. Also missed a great chance with a header early in the second half.

Paolo De Ceglie: 5.5

Inconsistent, as has been the way all season, but still there is the effort and desire that others lack. Grew frustrated as the game went on, and still has much to learn defensively, where he is too often caught out of position.

Felipe Melo: 4

Appears to be the only person within 1,000 km of Turin yet to realize he can't pass, and his tackling is best described as reckless. Wasted chances and risked both a red card and a penalty for a handling offense that was waved away.

Christian Poulsen: 6

The difference between his performance and that of Melo alongside him is simply that the Dane recognises what the team needs him to do, and also understands the limits of his ability. He plays 90 minutes within these limits, which makes him effective and a useful squad member.

Claudio Marchisio: 7.5

Another excellent display from il Principino as he tried in vain to carry the team to victory, often with little or no help from those around him. Links the play, joins the attack well, yet never abandons his defensive duties. Slowly playing his way back into Marcelo Lippi's plans for South Africa.  Player of the Day

Diego: 5.5

Always seems to need a second longer on the ball than he actually has, but did make a number of telling passes today. With Catania seemingly settling for the point they needed, it was exactly the kind of game he was brought to Turin for, to unlock tight defences and he failed to create a winner.

Alessandro Del Piero: 6

Completely off form today, yet still perhaps the best attacking player for Juve. Missed a great one-on-one opportunity when it seemed certain he would score. The one bright spot is that he won't play this poorly again, unlike many in black and white.

Vincenzo Iaquinta: 6

Never a player who will create chances for himself, the total lack of service hurt his performance today. Last week the team were superb and just needed a finisher, today the finisher needed his team and they deserted him.


Amauri: 2

Came on at half time for Del Piero, who definitely needed taking off, but frankly Zaccheroni would have been better served by a birillo with an 11 painted on it.

Hasan Salihamidzic: NM

Antonio Candreva: NM