Verona vs Juventus Player Ratings: Simeone Piles More Misery on the Old Lady

Whoever thought that things couldn’t get any worse for Juventus following their midweek loss at the hands of Sassuolo was proven wrong just 72 hours later. Max Allegri’s men travelled to the Bentegodi Stadium for a meeting with Hellas Verona. The hosts didn’t waste much time, taking the lead through Giovanni Simeone at the 11th minute, before completing his personal brace three minutes later. Weston McKennie grabbed one back for the Bianconeri, but it proved to be too little too late, as it ended 2-1 in favor of the Gialloblu. So here are our player ratings for the Serie A round 11 encounter between Verona and Juventus.

Hellas Verona XI

Lorenzo Montipò – 7.5

The former Benevento goalkeeper was left hapless on McKennie’s goal, but pulled off several saves to secure all three points for his team, including a fabulous one on a late Dybala effort.

Pawel Davidowicz – 7

The Pole was a part of the solid Verona defensive trio that made life incredibly difficult for Morata. Held his ground in the final stages of the match.

Koray Gunter – 6.5

The German left no space whatsoever for Morata inside the box, and when the Spaniard tried to outrun him on a counter attack, he didn’t mind receiving a yellow card for committing a tactical foul.

Nicolò Casale – 6.5

The Italian center back had some trouble early in his duels against Dybala, but managed to grow with the match and ended up putting a decent defensive display.

Davide Faraoni – 6.5

The former Udinese man had the better of Alex Sandro in their personal battle, and his contribution on the defensive was noticeable, especially in the second period.

Adrien Tamezé – 7

An impressive display from the former Atalanta man who dominated the middle of the park with his strong physical presence and retrieved the ball on countless occasions.

Miguel Veloso – 6.5

The Portuguese veteran was a reassuring presence in the middle, as he kept things ticking for Verona while the Juventus players were left to chase the ball, especially in the first half.

Darko Lazovic – 6.5

The former Genoa wingback did well to contain Cuadrado’s danger on the right flank while also supporting his teammates in the attacking phase.

Antonin Barak – 7

The Czech international was everywhere on the pitch. Dropped a little deeper when necessary to help his teammates in the midfield battle, but was also active upfront. It was his shot that led to Simeone’s opener.

Gianluca Caprari – 7

Another exciting display from the former Sampdoria man who’s enjoying his finest moment. Repeatedly threatened the visitors with his dangerous runs, and put Kalinic through on goal with a sublime through ball.

Giovanni Simeone – 8

El Cholito is fast developing into one of the deadliest strikers in Serie A. The Argentine broke the deadlock with a poacher’s goal, but his second was simply stunning, curling a fabulous shot that dropped into Szczesny’s top far corner. He even struck a third that was denied due to a foul by Caprari.

Verona Substitutes

Federico Ceccherini – 6.5

The former Fiorentina man added some muscle to the Gialloblu’s defense at a time when Juventus where launching an onslaught.

Bosko Sutalo – 5.5

The Croatian tried to put his mark on the match but lost two duels to Chiellini.

Daniel Bessa – N/A

Nikola Kalinic – N/A

Juventus XI

Wojciech Szczesny – 6

The former Arsenal man was mostly blameless on both goals, and kept his team in the match with some decent saves as Verona could have made the result even worse for Juventus.

Danilo – 6

The Brazilian worked hard at the back and managed to limit some of Caprari’s danger. He rarely bursts forward these days, but still provided the assist for the Old Lady’s lone goal, picking up McKennie with a smart pass.

Leonardo Bonucci – 5

Max Allegri was planning on giving the veteran some rest, but Daniele Rugani got sick before kickoff. Nevertheless, Leo would have surely used some time off as his performance today was a poor one. Gave Simeone too much space to launch his strike for the second goal.

Giorgio Chiellini – 5.5

The captain was mostly composed at the back, but his technical touch abandoned him at crucial moments, which saw him repeatedly lose the ball.

Alex Sandro – 5

The Brazilian is yet another Juventus player who looks like he could use a day off. Failed to provide the strikers with quality crosses, and almost gave away a penalty due to a handball.

Juan Cuadrado – 5

The Colombian started the match with sheer passion and excitement before quickly fading away. Struggled in his personal battle against Lazovic and was relieved from his misery early in the second half.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 5.5

The Uruguayan won the ball back for his side on some occasions, but lost possession several times with his unprecise passing.

Arthur Melo – 5

On his first start of the season, the former Barcelona man was the main culprit behind the first goal as he gave possession back to Verona inside his own area with a terrible back-pass. Struggled to rebound following that miserable incident.

Adrien Rabiot – 4.5

The Frenchman was completely absent from the match, barely making any contribution at all for as long as he lasted on the pitch.

Paulo Dybala – 6.5

For the second match in a row, the Argentine seemed to be the Bianconeri’s lone hope. Threatened the Verona keeper with a flurry of shots, including one that hit the woodwork. He also had to drop deep at times to make up for the obvious lack of creativity in the middle.

Alvaro Morata – 5

The Spaniard ran hard and played some give-and-go passes with Dybala, but looked too soft against the strong Verona defenders, and spent the evening begging the referee for fouls.

Juventus Substitutes

Manuel Locatelli – 5.5

He was supposed to add some composure to the midfield, and perhaps he did, but it wasn’t enough to make it a convincing display. Fumbled a late opportunity in front of goal.

Weston McKennie – 6.5

The American provided the lone Juventus goal for the second match in a row, this time with a venomous shot.

Dejan Kulusevski – 5.5

Made some runs on the flanks but couldn’t leave his mark on the match.

Federico Bernardeschi – 5

Failed to add anything to Juve’s infertile left flank.

Luca Pellegrini – N/A

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