Sampdoria – Juventus Player Ratings: Chiellini Masterclass!

Sampdoria welcomed Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genova, hoping to avenge their 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Italian champions on the first day of the season. However, the Bianconeri ended up being too strong for the Blucerchiati, as they sealed another victory thanks to goals from Federico Chiesa and Aaron Ramsey. So here are our player ratings for the encounter between Juventus and Sampdoria

Sampdoria XI

Emil Audero – 6

The Juventus youth product was left with no chance in saving Sampdoria on either goal. His best contribution came with a save on a long effort by Ronaldo.

Bartosz Bereszyński – 5.5

The Polish right-back was arguably the culprit on the first goal as he failed to track Chiesa’s run which came from his flank. Was more offensively active after the break.

Maya Yoshida – 6.5

The Japanese veteran was the author of one the finest pieces of defending throughout the match, with a perfectly timed tackle to deny Ronaldo from shooting inside the penalty box.

Omar Colley – 7

A dominant display from the underrated center back. Kept Ronaldo and Morata at bay for most of the match and was unbreakable inside the box.

Tommaso Augello – 6

The left back didn’t shame himself in his battle against Cuadrado, and found Quagliarella with a good cross on Samp’s most dangerous chance of the match.

Adrien Silva – 5.5

The former Leicester city player worked hard in midfield, but didn’t provide anything worth mentioning in the play build-up

Albin Ekdal – 6

Another former Juventus player who was wearing the Sampdoria colors. A decent display from the Swedish who tried his best to keep his side present in the midfield battle.

Morten Thorsby – 5.5

The Norwegian midfielder had a personal battle with McKennie, but the American ended up on top on most occasions. A hard worker, but doesn’t provide much on the ball.

Antonio Candreva – 5.5

A disappointing night for the Italian veteran who was nowhere to be found in the first half. His contribution increased after the break, but failed to provide his usual killer-crosses.

Keita Baldé – 6

The former Lazio and Inter man caused the Bianconeri defenses some trouble in the first half with his dangerous runs, but then faded in  the second half.

Fabio Quagliarella – 6

The veteran striker will be celebrating his 38th birthday on Sunday, but he couldn’t gift himself a goal against his former club. Came close on two occasions, but was denied by Chiellini and Szczesny.

Sampdoria Substitutes 

Mikkel Damsgaard – 5.5

The talented youngster failed to add another dimension to the hosts’ attack.

Gaston Ramirez – 6

The former Southampton man caused trouble on the right for Bernardeschi and Sandro.

Ernesto Torregrossa – 5

The former Brescia captain couldn’t impose himself inside the visitor’s box, especially with Chiellini being in a spectacular form.

Jakub Jankto – N/A

Juventus XI 

Wojciech Szczęsny – 6

The former Roma goalkeeper didn’t have much to do on the evening beside a couple of routine saves.

Juan Cuadrado – 7

Although the Colombian veteran wasn’t as influential as usual on the attacking phase during the 90 minutes, once again showcased his incredible stamina, as he provided the assist for the second goal after a brilliant run in the 91st minute.

Leonardo Bonucci – 6

It wasn’t a bad display from the former Milan and Inter man, but he was left for dead by Keita during the first half, and looked shaky with the ball at times.

Giorgio Chiellini – 7.5

A superb defensive display from the 36-year-old who proved that he is still among the best in the world when fit. Used his shrewdness to deal with Keita’s fast runs, and denied Quagliarella with a goal-saving interception.

Danilo – 7

A solid outing from the former Real Madrid man. Despite playing on the left flank, looked comfortable with the ball, and made several key interceptions during the first half.

Weston McKennie – 7

Despite the fact that his house got robbed this week, the American put his troubles behind him as he once again helped Andre Pirlo’s side in winning the midfield battle. Stole the ball from the Sampdoria players on numerous occasions with incredible ease, and one of it led to the first Juventus goal.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 7

The Uruguayan was the absolute commander at the heart of the Bianconeri. Almost every ball had to go through him. Could have been a man of the match performance if it wasn’t for another silly yellow card (which will keep him out of the Roma match) as well as some mistimed long passes.

Arthur – 6.5

The Brazilian might have been less influential than Bentancur, but the ball was much safer within his feet. Worked hard like the rest of his teammates, but perhaps he should start taking a more risks.

Federico Chiesa – 6.5

Despite scoring the opening goal with a smart run, it was far from being the winger’s best performance. Took some knocks as usual, but couldn’t break into the Blucerchiati defenses on many occasions.

Alvaro Morata – 6

The Spaniard had to take the field despite taking a knock on Wednesday against Spal. Combined well with Ronaldo to provide the assist for Chiesa, and scored his customary disallowed goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 6.5

The Portuguese star will be disappointing for failing to score in his third Serie A appearance in a row, especially after wasting two clear cut chances in the first half. Nonetheless, the five time Ballon d’Or winner played a vital part on both goals, including a brilliant diagonal cross that found Cudrado’s run on the second.

Juventus Substitutes 

Adrien Rabiot – 6

Replaced Bentancur but was less influential than his Uruguayan teammate.

Federico Bernardeschi – 5.5

A hard working display as usual, but not much to write about.

Aaron Ramsey – 6.5

The Welshman was in the right place at the right time to easily finish off the match with a second goal.

Alex Sandro – N/A


Chiellini is our man of the match for Sampdoria Vs Juventus
Chiellini is our man of the match for Sampdoria Vs Juventus