Juventus vs Atalanta Player Ratings: Zapata Wins It for La Dea

Duvan Zapata scored the decisive goal midway through the first half to give Atalanta a 1-0 win over Juventus. The Colombian took advantage of a lapse of concentration in the Juve defence to score his ninth goal of the season.

Both teams came into the game after Champions League encounters during the week that had gone differently. The Bianconeri suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, while Atalanta earned a late point against Young Boys through an 88th-minute goal from Luis Muriel.


Wojciech Szczesny – 6.0

The Polish international could not be blamed for the opening goal, as he simply had no chance to stop the shot.

Juan Cuadrado – 5.0

The Colombian was pretty quiet down the right hand side for most of the game, considering his ability to influence Juve’s attacks. He was also cautioned for a foul on Zapata.

Leonardo Bonucci – 5.0

The Italian was caught out of position, which led to Duvan Zapata receiving a pass between the centre-back and the full-back and scoring the first goal.

Matthijs De Ligt – 4.5

Made an early mistake by misplacing a pass to Bonucci and repeated the same mistake a few minutes later with a risky pass to Szczesny.

Alex Sandro – 6.0

As usual, the Brazilian was active down the left flank and often involved in the opening and closing phases of the attack.

Manuel Locatelli – 7.0

Juventus’ summer signing was one of the brightest sparks in this game for the Bianconeri, completing 92% of his pass attempts.

Adrien Rabiot – 5.5

The Frenchman struggled to control the game in midfield. Nevertheless, he almost equalised when his shot from the edge of the box was tipped away by Juan Musso.

Weston McKennie – 5.0

The American did not have the most impressive game. He played Chiesa through on goal with a brilliant pass, but otherwise he was not as influential as he could be in the final third. Just after the hour mark he had to leave the pitch due to injury.

Federico Chiesa – 5.5

Active as ever on the offensive and had a brilliant chance to score the first goal but could not sort his feet out quickly enough. The Italian was substituted at half-time due to injury.

Paulo Dybala – 7.0

He got on the ball often and was one of the main creative forces in Juve’s attack. He weaved his way through some Atalanta players with a good individual effort early in the first half, but in the end his attempt was too weak. The Argentine had another chance after half an hour mark, but his left-footed shot went wide. He also hit the crossbar with a free-kick in the final minutes of stoppage time.

Alvaro Morata – 5.5

The Spaniard was involved in the first goal by playing a poor pass which was intercepted by Berat Djimsiti. He was also tightly marked throughout the game and found it hard to keep hold off the ball.


Federico Bernardeschi – 6.0

The substitute had a positive impact on the game after he entered the pitch. The Italian tried a long-range shot in the early stages of the second half and was also active on the left wing.

Moise Kean – N/A

Tried his best, but did not affect the game much.

Kaio Jorge – N/A

Did not make any significant contribution.


Juan Musso – 7.0

The Atalanta goalkeeper made an important save to prevent Djimsiti from scoring an own goal when McKennie found himself through on goal. He also prevented Rabiot from scoring an equaliser with a fingertip save.

Rafael Toloi – 7.0

Made a fantastic challenge to stop Chiesa when he got through on goal, and was solid overall throughout the 90 minutes.

Merih Demiral – 6.5

He was solid for most of the game, but started committing fouls after an hour mark. Additionally, he missed the challenge on Morata and was shown a yellow card for it.

Berat Djimsiti – 7.0

The centre-back played a brilliant ball into the path of Zapata, who scored the first goal. The Albanian international got into trouble when he was outpaced by McKennie, but the centre-back was able to intercept the ball, which fortunately for Atalanta did not end up in the net.

Davide Zappacosta – 6.0

The Italian right-back was often involved in Atalanta’s attacks down the right flank. However, he conceded a yellow card for a foul on Chiesa on the fast break.

Joakim Maehle – 6.0

The left wing-back put in a solid performance both offensively and defensively. He was often involved in Atalanta’s attacks in the final third.

Remo Freuler – 6.5

The central midfielder had an early chance with a shot from outside the box, but could not hit the target. Overall, he was solid throughout the 90 minutes on both ends of the pitch.

Marten De Roon – 6.5

Another solid performance in the middle of the park by De Roon. He worked well in partnership with Freuler throughout the game.

Ruslan Malinovsky – 6.5

It was an up and down performance by the Ukrainian international. He was involved in many actions in dangerous areas high up the pitch but often lacked quality in his final action.

Matteo Pessina – 6.0

The Italian was involved in many plays in the midfield area, but overall he was not at his usual creative best.

Duvan Zapata – 8.0

Man of the match performance from the Colombian international. This was his seventh consecutive goal in all competitions. Zapata caused a major headache for the entire Juventus’ backline throughout the game, running channels and playing key passes.


Mario Pasalic – N/A

Did not make any significant contribution.

Jose Luis Palomino – N/A

Did not make any significant contribution.

Teun Koopmeiners – N/A

Did not make any significant contribution.