Milan-Juventus: Player Ratings In Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistMay 16, 2010

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 15: Gennaro Gattuso of AC Milan battles for the ball against Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus FC during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 15, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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Juventus at San Siro. A heavyweight clash between two giants of European football. Yet tonight it was merely 3rd v 7th with absolutely nothing on the line. The 3-0 defeat hands them the unwanted title of the worst team in the club's history. The only positives were that it was the last game for Alberto Zaccheroni and probably a number of the playing staff.

Gianluigi Buffon: 6

As usual he was abandoned by his defence, who gave the easiest of chances to Antonini and Ronaldinho, leaving Superman with no chance to prevent either. Left the field at half time, Juventus fans will pray it wasn't his last game for the club.

Jonathan Zebina: 0

Did absolutely nothing in attack and left the whole left side of the field open for Ronaldinho to put on a show.

Fabio Cannavaro: 5

A poor performance from the Italy captain, in what is undoubtedly his last Juventus game. Has done better as the World Cup drew near, but tonight he was embarrassed time after time by Pato.

Giorgio Chiellini: 6.5

Did an excellent job containing Borriello, and was once again the only defender actually doing any defending. The league position would be so much worse were it not for his contribution this season. Player of the Day

Fabio Grosso: 2

The 2006 edition Grosso could dribble, run, pass, defend and was an excellent crosser of the ball. By 2010 those qualities have deserted him, and he is a liability to his own team. The fantastic performance of Luca Antonini served to highlight the mistake Lippi has made persevering with Grosso, and indeed Zambrotta.

Christian Poulsen: 5.5

Did well to subdue Pirlo, but yet another strange team selection left him alone with Seedorf to also control, a task beyond most players, and it was no surprise the Dane struggled.

Hasan Salihamidzic: 4.5

A strange selection for yet another player in what was probably his final match, he added to the problem in midfield by not being able to help defensively. Shot well wide with his single attempt on goal and did very little else.

Claudio Marchisio: 6

The only midfield player to make a real contribution, he put in plenty of effort, at least until the last goal went in.

Antonio Candreva: 5

Fantastic in the early stages, and made some telling passes, but faded quickly. Made himself availiable well and saw plenty of possession, sadly most of it came to nothing.

Alessandro Del Piero: 6.5

Never gave up today, in spite of the performance around him and the scoreline. Visibly frustrated by both, he was unable to change the game alone. If he had any of his partners chances the match might have been much closer.

Vincenzo Iaquinta: 4

From the outset it simply wasn't his day. Scuffed shots, missed chances and seeing him in such wasteful form demoralised his team-mates. The selfless running and endeavour needs to be a bonus to his performance, not the summary of it.


Alex Manninger: 6

Much the same as Buffon in that he played well but was left unprotected to often.

Mauro Camoranesi: NM

Didn't have any influence on the game.

Martin Caceres: 6

His short performance showed just how to play the position, a lesson Zebina never learns.


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