A shambolic performance from Juventus allowed Tottenham to mount a comeback from 2-0 down to 2-2 in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie at the Allianz Stadium.
Gianluigi Buffon (6): The veteran keeper made a world class save on a Harry Kane header in the early part of the match but a moment of madness for Tottenham’s first goal where he left the goal wide open allowed Kane to score Spurs’ opening goal of the match. In addition to this Buffon was also beaten too easily by a Christian Erisken free-kick that allowed the visitors to equalise. A disappointing and clumsy evening for the Juventus Captain.
Alex Sandro (6): The Brazilian International had an average night as Christian Eriksen was able to get the better of him on a few occasions but Sandro was able to deal with the threat of Eriksen a number of times as well. Sandro offered nothing going forward either, which is unusual for him as he is a very attacking full-back. Overall a lacklustre performance from one of the best left-backs in the world.
Giorgio Chiellini (6.5): An inconsistent performance by the experienced defender who on the whole was very solid at dealing with the threat of Harry Kane but his unfortunate slip allowed Kane to beat Buffon and begin the comeback for Spurs. Furthermore, Chellini hacked down Dele Alli just outside the penalty area and as a result of his foul Spurs equalised from the free-kick. A fairly solid performance from Chellini, as he was able to stop Kane from creating chances, but ultimately both of his errors allowed Tottenham to score two away goals.
Medhi Benatia (6): Just like Chellini, Benatia was able to deal with the threat of Harry Kane fairly well but the Moroccan International, who has been fantastic for Juventus all season, picked up a booking for a silly challenge and didn’t look himself tonight. On the whole an average performance from the former Bayern Munich defender.
Mattia De Sciglio (7.5): De Sciglio this season has been the player Milan fans wanted him to be and once again the Italian International was great and was Juventus’ best defender on the night. The former Rossoneri man made a world class block on a Dele Alli shot which prevented Spurs from scoring. De Sciglio was able to deal with the threat that Érik Lamela posed and the Argentinian International struggled to be as involved as he would have liked to.
Miralem Pjanić (6.5): Pjanić’s fantastic free-kick in the opening minute of the game allowed Gonzalo Higuain to score the first goal of the game and the instrumental Bosnian created a fantastic chance for Higuain to score but unfortunately the Argentine couldn’t convert the chance. Despite this Pjanić wasn’t his usual self tonight as a result of playing in a two-man midfield and mainly due to the fact that his midfield partner Sami Khedira was awful.
Sami Khedira (4): By far Khedira’s worst performance in the Bianconeri colours. The experienced German International was invisible for the entire game and he was easily overrun by Dele Alli for the whole match until he was substituted late in the second half. Khedira looked off the pace and was unable to deal with the speed of Spurs’ attack.
Mario Mandžukić (6): The Croatian International was involved more with defensive duties than he was going forward and as a result of this he offered nothing in attacking scenarios for Juventus. The work rate of Mandžukić was phenomenal but as a result of the Juventus midfield being overrun he had to track back more than he would have liked.
Douglas Costa (6.5): The tricky winger was able to win a penalty for Juventus on the stroke of half time and his turn of pace and technical ability with the ball was a nightmare for Spurs right-back Serge Aurier to deal with. The Brazilian International always looked a threat for the Old Lady but he wasn’t involved enough to test the rest of the Tottenham defence and he disappeared for the majority of the second half.
Federico Bernardeschi (6): Bernardeschi was able to win the two fouls that resulted in the Juventus goals and the young winger was able to threaten Spurs left-back Ben Davies for the entire first half. Bernardeschi wasn’t able to pose a threat in the second half though despite one chance that produced a world-class save from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Gonzalo Higuain (7): Perhaps the most inconsistent performance of Higuain’s Juventus career so far. The Argentine was able to score a fantastic goal to open the scoring and he also had the bottle to take a penalty a few minutes later to double Juventus’ lead. Unfortunately for Higuain he missed a glorious opportunity after a great bit of passing between him and Pjanić that could have made the score 3-0, but most notably he missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time that would have made the score 3-1 and ultimately resulted in the game being in Juventus’ favour completely. Despite missing those two chances the Argentinian International was involved in nearly every attacking move for Juventus and he caused problems for all of Tottenham’s defenders but he also picked up an unnecessary booking for dissent and his performance will be shadowed for his two golden opportunities that he failed to convert.
Rodrigo Bentancur (5): He was subbed on for the dreadful Khedira to solidify the Juventus midfield but the 20 year-old looked out of place and a shocking challenge resulted in him being booked.
Stefano Sturaro (6): Sturaro was subbed on in the 76th minute after Spurs equalised and the young midfielder was able to stop Tottenham from scoring a third and he looked solid during the 16 minutes he played.
Kwadwo Asamoah (N/A): Asamoah was subbed on in the dying seconds of the game and had no time to make any sort of impact whatsoever.