Juventus-Atalanta: Ratings In Black and White

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistMarch 28, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 28:  Celebrates of Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus FC after the first goal during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on March 28, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Juventus entered this game amid fan protests following one of the worst weeks in the club's 113 year history. Losses to Sampdoria, Fulham and Napoli had embarrassed the Old Lady, and a win here was vital. The Bianconeri took all three points after Atalanta wasted numerous chances, holding on to win 2-1, with goals from Del Piero and Melo.

Alex Manninger: 6

Not as safe as in recent weeks, almost gifting a goal to Amoruso as he spilled a shot at the striker's feet. Perhaps he senses Buffon's return and knows his place will be back on the bench.

Jonathan Zebina: 5

Another poor performance from a player who is as equally bad defending as he is on the ball. The Juve faithful will probably be glad he managed to go a whole game without insulting them or giving away a penalty for what feels like the first time this year.

Fabio Cannavaro: 5.5

Unconvincing yet again and was in danger of being overrun anytime he was put under pressure. Has to improve if he is not to tarnish his legacy at the World Cup.

Nicola Legrottaglie: 5.5

Not as assured as when he has Chiellini alongside him, and Amoruso left him a spectator for the Atalanta equalizer.

Fabio Grosso: 5.5

Better in attack than against Napoli but still below his best defensively. Needs to improve if he is not to be part of the exodus come summer. His positional sense seems to have deserted him, and he is losing his man with alarming regularity. Fortunately Atalanta failed to punish those lapses.

Antonio Candreva: 5

Perhaps the most bizarre transfer of the season continues to baffle regular watchers of Juventus. The team needed an injection of pace, skill and quality passing, but instead of turning to their own Giovinco, they brought in this less talented alternative. He regularly starts games, despite lacking the very skills Giovinco so evidently possesses in abundance.

Momo Sissoko: 6

Not at his best today, which is understandable following a traumatic week personally for him. He was still dominant in the tackle, but failed to add anything more as the game wore on.

Claudio Marchisio: 6

The Turin native seems to have suffered as much as anyone during this poor run of results, and his passing was off again here. He does seem to have the talent to make a difference in midfield, but needs to start showing it again more regularly.

Diego: 5

Did very little before going off injured in the first half.

Alessandro Del Piero: 7.5

Need a goal to settle your nerves? The Captain delivers. Short on creativity and need a winning goal? Again, look no further.

The opener was vintage Del Piero, a curling free kick just beyond Consigli's reach, and his cross for Melo was one of a number of good opportunities he created for his teammates as Juve searched for a second goal. Player of the Day

David Trezeguet: 5.5

Unfortunately the only chance he converted came when he was offside, and it's hard to argue with his substitution, except that from it brought in an equally disappointing Amauri. Both need to improve to start games once Iaquinta returns from injury.


Sebastian Giovinco: 7

The forgotten man finally got a chance, and showed more in 55 minutes than most of his fellow midfielders have this year. His pace, direct style, and technical ability are the qualities this Juventus have lacked all season. His return today is as baffling as his previous exclusions, but the tifosi will be calling for many more appearances following this display.

Felipe Melo: 6

Scored the winner, but will take much more to convince anyone in Turin he deserves to continue wearing the Bianconeri shirt he has disgraced in recent weeks. 

Amauri: NM

Not enough time to make an impact on the game.


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