Juventus-Parma: Ratings in Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistMay 9, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 09:  Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus FC (R) speaks to Stefano Morrone of Parma FC after having asked fans to stop throwing missiles onto the pitch during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Parma FC at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on May 9, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Juventus went into this final home game needing points to catch Napoli in sixth place and avoid the preliminary rounds of next seasons Europa League. They ended the match empty handed, following yet another abysmal showing, with two Parma players left unmarked for their first and last goals in a 3-2 victory.

There was also a six minute interruption of the first half following another crowd disturbance, and both Captains held court with the Ultra to calm the situation. With only the game away to Milan to come, fans will be glad when this nightmare season is finally over.

Gianluigi Buffon: 6.5

Did as well as a goalkeeper playing with no defense can be expected to. Blameless on the first goal in particular, he was abandoned by the team and fans will pray he does not return the favour this summer.

Martin Caceres: 5.5

Tried to offer width on the right in attack, but neglected his defensive duties here, especially in leaving Crespo unmarked on the second Parma goal. At least displays like this may ensure a lower fee when Juve open negotiations with Barcelona over his permanent signature.

Fabio Cannavaro: 6

Did well today making a number of vital tackles, but a lapse in concentration allowed the second goal. No longer a great defender, he relies heavily on his defensive partner Chiellini.

Giorgio Chiellini: 7

Another top performance from the man who has saved this season from being far worse, if that is possible. He has matured greatly over the course of the year, and that is perhaps the only thing positive to come from this nightmare season. No longer the clumsy performer of old, he now has become a truly world-class central defender.

Paolo De Ceglie: 6

Another poor performance, but the younger players in this team need some direction and the coach is sadly not providing it. Did well going forward but poor defensively.

Felipe Melo: 7

Well we waited an entire season for it, but today the Brazilian had a good game in Turin. Felt like his debut once more as he put in a great first 45 minutes, filled with the grit and determination the midfield, and Melo, have lacked for months. Great to see and hopefully this will be the start of true performances from the Number Four.

Christian Poulsen: 5.5

Unlike recent weeks he was poor today. Never gave the defence any protection, gave the ball away too often. Feels like Melo and the Dane changed roles today.

Claudio Marchisio: 7.5

Another good showing from a player slowly playing his way to South Africa this summer, he was creative and destructive and is perhaps the only player who can provide cover for Daniele De Rossi for gli Azzurri . Great pass to Iaquinta for Juve's late second goal. Player of the Day

Diego: 5.5

Much like the last game, the trequartista brought to unlock tough Serie A defences failed in his task. Needs to look at his first season honestly and ensure he contributes much more next term.

Alessandro Del Piero: 7

Scored what is now his customary goal against Parma and constantly threatened to add another, particularly at dead-ball situations. Bright and inventive he led by example today, and his calming of the fans showed his true value as club captain.

Vincenzo Iaquinta: 6

Played another 90 minutes of typical effort that has adhered him to the fans, he never gives up and this season would have been drastically different had he remained fit all year. Deserved his goal although it came too late to affect the result.


Antonio Candreva: 5

Brought on for Diego but failed to change the game.

Fabio Grosso: NM

David Trezeguet: NM


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