Juventus player ratings vs Valencia – Champions League

Juventus ensured their progress to the round of 16 of the Champions League after a rather lethargic display against Valencia where they picked up a slender 1-0 triumph. Mario Mandzukic netted the sole goal before the hour mark to ensure the Bianconeri maintain their top spot in their standings with one group game remaining.

Player Ratings:

Wojciech Szczęsny: The Pole had a relatively comfortable first half until his stunning reflex save right before the hour mark. He was mostly untroubled thereafter but his stop ensured Juventus came up with the maximum points – 7.5/10

Giorgio Chiellini: The skipper tried to venture forward on a few occasions but was equally efficient at the heart of the backline with vital interceptions including one important block to deny Los Che a share of the spoils – 7/10

Leonardo Bonucci: Dictated the game playing in a deeper role and made some neat long-range passes early on. However, he was poor with his aerial display which nearly cost the team barring Szczesny’s save – 6/10

Joao Cancelo: The Portuguese had a lively game with his high pressing before switching flanks enabled him to provide the outlet for Juventus’ opener. He could have quite easily bagged an assist of his own, had he squared the ball to Ronaldo than opting to shoot towards the end of the game – 7/10

Alex Sandro: He was regular a presence on the opposition side of the field but could not do much in terms of providing an outlet with a cross. He could not get the better of Daniel Wass before being substituted in the second period after picking up an injury – 6/10

Rodrigo Bentancur: The Uruguay international started the game brilliantly with neat passes but an early booking meant that he had to play with caution. The midfielder showed plenty of finesse while getting closer to Los Che’s defence but the end-product was missing – 6.5/10

Miralem Pjanic: The Bosnian was not at his best throughout the game and he was guilty of making some wayward passes unlike his regular self. His performance can be termed average with no meaningful impact – 5.5/10

Blaise Matuidi: The Frenchman was impressive with his tackling from the midfield but he happened to look a little weary as the game went on. He tried his best to make an impact without much success – 6/10

Mario Mandzukic: A towering performance from the marksman who was impressive on either side of the pitch. The Croatian excelled with his hold-up play upfront and eventually bagged the winning strike after his good co-ordination with Ronaldo up front – 8.5/10

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Portuguese tested the opposition goalkeeper early with a shot which went astray before having another on target. He continued to impress until his sublime assist for Mandzukic where he appeared to get the better of Los Che’s defence in a series of step-overs – 8/10

Paulo Dybala: Dybala was offered somewhat of a free role and his movement kept the opposition backline on their feet. However, he was guilty of keeping the ball of certain occasions where he was early dispossessed – 6.5/10

Substitutes:

Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado

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