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On Friday, Juventus concluded their 2016 season with a shootout loss (3-4) in the SuperCoppa Italiana to AC Milan. The game finished 1-1 in a thrilling match in Doha, Qatar.

This is how we rated the performances of the Bianconeri.


Gianluigi Buffon (6.5):  Juve’s captain was solid in this match as he’s been all season making saves when needed including robbery on Bacca near the end of the second half. The veteran netminder could do nothing on Bonaventura’s blazing header.


Stephan Lichtsteiner (5.0): The Swiss Express had trouble all night with Milan’s Bonaventura getting beaten several times by the Italian international including the opening goal. He is still getting accustomed to a starting role after the Dani Alves Injury.

Daniele Rugani (6.0): Solid game from the young Italian, clearing the ball out several times from danger and distributing the ball out of his own half with calmness.

Giorgio Chiellini (6.5): Giorgio had a terrific match with tough defending on point tackles, and excellent awareness as always. He hit a great volley off a corner for Juventus’s first goal and always seemed to get to the ball first in every scenario.

Alex Sandro (6.0): The Brazilian was dangerous on the left and played well until an injury forced him to leave the match in the 33rd minute.


Claudio Marchisio (6.0): The Italian distributed the ball effectively if somewhat inaccurately at times through the match. Was solid defending and controlled the midfield for the Bianconeri.

Sami Khedira (6.0): The German had a wicked shot in the second half forcing a great save from Donnrumma. He was relatively quiet the rest of the match playing solid on the right in Juve’s three man midfield.

Miralem Pjanic (6.0): The Bosnian played a well-balanced game making good passes and feeding the top two strikers at top. Looked a lot more comfortable in the trequartista role. Provided the corner for Chiellini’s goal. Substituted for Dybala in the 67th minute.

Stefano Sturaro (6.0): Was tenacious in the first half always looking to win balls in both halves, almost like a third forward at times. Faded as the game went on and substituted for Mario Lemina in the 79th minute.


Gonzalo Higuain (6.0): The 90 million Euro man held up play well as usual and had several chances but couldn’t capitalize despite always being a threat. Managed to score his penalty in the shootout but nothing more.

Mario Mandzukic (6.0): The Croatian international played an excellent match especially in the first half winning headers left and right. He was Juventus’s best forward in the match. Was unlucky to miss his penalty in the shootout.


Patrice Evra (5.5): The veteran came on in place of Alex Sandro in the first half but failed to really make an impact. His timing and decision-making are slightly off but is still solid at the LB position as a reserve.

Mario Lemina (5.5): Came on late in the second half and did not influence the game much at all. Was solid filling in for a tired Sturaro and was involved with the end-to-end action by both teams in the extra time period.

Paulo Dybala (6.0): Despite missing the decisive penalty Dybala played well in this match. His entry sparked Juve as he provided cutting runs and passes from the wing. A fan favourite, he was dangerous with the ball but should have scored on his chance in front of goal late in the extra time period. He will rue his two misses.

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