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UCL Quarterfinal 2nd leg: Juventus player ratings vs. Barcelona


A mix of wasted chances from Barcelona and a defensively-sound performances from Juventus saw the Old Lady of Italian football book their place in the Champions League semi-finals alongside Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Monaco after drawing Barcelona at the Nou Camp 0-0 (0-3 aggregate).

Here’s how we rated i bianconeri:

(4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper:

Gianluigi Buffon (6): Dealt with everything that challenged him. Never looked out of his element. (Does he, ever?)

Defenders:

Dani Alves (6.5): The Brazilian dealt with national teammate Neymar rather masterfully, denying the Barcelona no. 11 any space down the right flank. Alves also broke up plays in the center where he drifted to from time to time.

Giorgio Chiellini (7.5): With the heart of a lion, the Italian gracefully shut down Barcelona’s defense through every which way he was involved.

Leonardo Bonucci (7): Chiellini’s right-hand man was a bit quieter than his compatriot but nonetheless dealt with Messi and Co. with class.

Alex Sandro (6): The Brazilian didn’t get as forward as he would have liked to, however, roamed through his area down the left flank with confidence and composure and kept his area relatively tidy.

Midfielders:

Miralem Pjanic (5.5): The Bosnian didn’t have his best game for Juventus but still controlled the tempo with his German compatriot.

Sami Khedira (6.5): Worked as an extension of the back line in the midfield alongside Pjanic. Disrupted plays and slowed the tempo down to his own liking. A quiet, but very impactful match from the German.

Forwards:

Juan Cuadrado (7.5): Tireless performance from the Colombian. By far Juventus’ most dangerous player on the night. Constantly beat defenders up and down his wing, made countless tackles and created many chances for his teammates as well. Came off for Lemina in the 83rd minute.

Paulo Dybala (6): Was the focal point of almost every Juve attack and constantly pressured the Barca defense when not in possession of the ball which caused a few dangerous turnovers.

Mario Mandzukic (5): Was more involved in the second half. Always provided an outlet down the left side of Juventus’ attack. Was not used nearly as much as Cuadrado’s right flank.

Gonzalo Higuain (5): Could have had a goal or two in the first half had he taken his chances better. Got into great positions but, like Barcelona, forgot his finishing boots.

Substitutes:

Andrea Barzagli (5): Did his job in the 15 minutes given.

Mario Lemina (N/A): Instantly impacted the match as the Gabonese charged forward and had a shot deflected for a corner in the 83rd minute.

Kwadwo Asamoah (N/A): Came on in the 88th minute to really help pin back the Barcelona defense.

Coach:

Massimiliano Allegri (8): The Italian tactician has created a Juventus squad that is truly formidable enough to face the giants of Europe and handily defeat them.

The Champions League semi-final draw will be held in Switzerland this Friday, April 21st at 5 AM EST.

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