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Fiorentina 0-2 Juventus: The Viola Player Ratings

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Fiorentina had a handful of chances against Juventus, one being a penalty that was later reversed by an extensive VAR review. They still however could not turn any of those looks into goals, and subsequently lost to the Bianconeri two to nil.

Here are the player ratings for the Viola.

Goalkeeper

Marco Sportiello (5.5): The keeper who is on loan from Atalanta looked composed in the first half by clearing some dangerous chances, but his second half was a different story. The keeper didn’t feel secure with his wall and slightly shifted his position, resulting in Bernardeschi beating him far post with a free kick right outside the box.

Defenders

Nikola Milenkovic (6): After successfully fending off the pressure Juve put on early in the first half, Milenkovic committed a foul on Manzukic giving Juve a free kick in intimidating territory.  Soon after, he had a confrontation with Higuain which he was lucky not to get sent off for. Despite having a great chance during a corner in the early part of the second half, he was caught sleeping during an offside trap which lead to the Higuain goal.

German Pezzella (6): Was important in helping lock down Higuain alongside Astori. He had a great presence in the air and diffused some promising crosses and winning a couple aerial chances.

Davide Astori (7): Astori did a great job defending against dangerous corners and crosses. Bar the goal that came from the offside trap, Astori did a great job containing Higuain. The Argentinian had a very limited role in the first half and the Viola can thank the Italian for that.

Cristiano Biraghi (6): Biraghi struggled a bit in the first half and needed Chiesa to come back and support him. He had some dangerous crosses come into the box in the second half, was tested and got beat a couple times – one of which almost lead to a Juventus goal.

Midfielders

Marco Benassi (8): Despite getting subbed off in the 78th minute, Benassi had a great day for Fiorentina. He was involved in nearly all of the Viola’s attacks when he was on the field. He was very creative and it looked like he drew a penalty that could’ve lead to the first goal of the day before it was reversed by VAR. It looked like one of his best performances this season for Fiorentina.

Milan Badelj (6.5): Badelj had a solid first half performance in midfield, but he committed a foul against Bernardeschi right outside of his own box. This penalty would lead to a free kick goal, so overall not the best moment for Badelj. Near the end of the second half, he put in a few dangerous crosses and one shot that looked like it was going to test Buffon, but was deflected away.

Jordan Veretout (6.5): Veretout did a good job controlling the midfield in the first half and supporting the attack, but all around had an underwhelming game. The Frenchman’s most memorable moment from the match was his penalty or his lack of a penalty in other words. Veretout looked ready to bury it before it was reversed after a long pow-wow between the officials.

Attackers

Gil Dias (7): The Portuguese winger did a great job getting open and creating chances for the rest of his team. He was so close to scoring when given the chance. He took on Lichtsteiner and was forced to take the shot on his right foot and was only stopped by the woodwork. Fiorentina’s attacking presence noticeably dropped when he was subbed off.

Giovanni Simeone (6.5): Simeone looked great in the first half by getting a few interceptions in the final third and helping to create some offensive chances. He had one shot inside the box during the first half, but the effort sailed when he took a shot on his first touch. It looked like he had time and space to let the ball settle and get a better shot, so that chance will probably haunt Simeone a bit. In the second half, he didn’t put on too much pressure and missed some opportunities to put away some crosses by Chiesa.

Federico Chiesa (7.5): Chiesa did not have a huge attacking presence and had a small mistake on the offensive front when his slip ruined a great chance for Fiorentina. The skilled Italian had to spend most of the first half dropping back and help contain the pressure put on by Lichtsteiner. However, there was a huge increase in his involvement in the second half, swinging in multiple chances – none of which could be buried away.

Substitutes

Cyril Thereau (6.5): After being subbed on, he had a great chance to score but the attack was snuffed out by Buffon. The rest of the match, Thereau put up a few dangerous crosses but other than that he did not provide a huge boost.

Valentin Eysseric (n/a): Was subbed on in the final stretch of the game and did not have enough time to contribute too much to the match.

Manager

Stefano Pioli (7): The Fiorentina manager did a great job for most of the match with his team. After surviving some intense pressure by Juventus to begin proceedings, his side battled back and had a great first half. The Viola almost had a penalty to put them ahead and even though the decision was reversed, his unit did not let it defeat them mentally.  Overall, Fiorentina played a tough game but could not take advantage of their own chances to make it a fair fight.

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