With the Serie A season coming to a close, and Massimiliano Allegri on his way out, it’s time to evaluate the season that was and have a look at how Juventus’ players have fared.
Wojciech Szczęsny – 9/10: In his first full season without Gianluigi Buffon, the Pole did wonderfully, and was arguably Juve’s most consistent performer. Proved to be the ideal replacement for Gigi.
Mattia Perin – 5/10: Well, only one goalkeeper can play and the former Genoa man was a victim of Szczęsny’s phenomenal form. Otherwise saw his season derailed by injury problems. Could use a move away.
Carlo Pinsoglio – N/A: Did not play a single minute. Mostly there for the training pictures.
Mattia De Sciglio – 5/10: Was one of Allegri’s favourites, and was his typical solid but unspectacular self. However, the Italian didn’t offer much going forward, and had some lapses in concentration when called upon.
Giorgio Chiellini – 7.5/10: Would have a higher grade if it weren’t for injuries, but the hard-nosed defender was Juventus’ best without a doubt. Without him, the team struggled, and largely missed his presence and physical stature. Showing no signs of slowing down.
Martin Caceres – 4/10: Brought in due to an injury crisis at the back in January, and rarely featured. When he did play, however, he showed exactly why the club moved on from him.
Alex Sandro – 5/10: Where is the Brazilian of two seasons ago? Much like De Sciglio, Alex Sandro was unspectacular throughout most of the season, and often lost his marker in the defensive third. Showed close to nothing in the final third, and will need to adjust his game moving into next season. Mediocre.
Andrea Barzagli – 6/10: The veteran defender rarely featured throughout this year, and saw his final season ravaged by injury problems. Regardless, any time he saw the pitch he did his job with aplomb. Farewell, la Roccia.
Leonardo Bonucci – 6/10: The defender returned to Juventus in controversial fashion, however, didn’t do much to win the fans back this season. Was a shadow of his former self, and outside of a few impressive performances, it appears that Bonucci has regressed significantly. Lost his man or was beat in the air more times than I can count.
Joao Cancelo – 6.5/10: You get the feeling he was held back by Allegri. After a blistering start to the season where the Portuguese defender was Juve’s best player, Cancelo was reduced to a bench role and struggled for consistency in the second half of the year. While he still needs to improve defensively, Cancelo demonstrated, on his day, he’s among the best fullbacks in the league.
Daniele Rugani – 5/10: Many expected more from the former Empoli man, however, once again, Rugani disappointed. Was beat by almost every physical threat he came up against, and looked hesitant in every game he played. He will need to improve, or will likely be shuffled out of the rotation.
Leonardo Spinazzola – 6/10: Like Cancelo, his grade would be higher if not for Allegri. Despite Alex Sandro’s indifferent performances, the Italian international was mostly used off the bench, until the return leg against Atletico where he was a constant menace. Expect Spinazzola to have a much bigger role next season.
Miralem Pjanić – 6/10: The Bosnian international had his worst season in bianconero, and was inconsistent throughout the entire campaign. Despite flashes of brilliance, Pjanić was a bystander throughout most games, and arguably needs to play higher up the pitch. Gets a pass as Juve’s midfield as a whole was a mess, but shouldn’t be considered untouchable in any way.
Sami Khedira – 4/10: When he wasn’t in the infirmary, the German was labouring on the pitch and struggled to impose himself. It’s time Khedira leaves Juventus, and starts fresh elsewhere.
Blaise Matuidi – 6.5/10: The Frenchman was a crucial part to Juventus’ midfield, and did the dirty work for his teammates. While his skill-set and technique in general are limited, his industrious ways meant he always played an important role in big games. For that alone, there’s value in keeping him next season, albeit in a subdued role.
Emre Can – 6/10: Like his teammates, the German international was consistently inconsistent. His performance against Atletico Madrid was a masterclass in versatility and awareness, but the former Liverpool man was unable to recreate that on a weekly basis. Like Matuidi, expect him to feature regularly next season.
Rodrigo Bentancur – 5/10: Juventus expected much more from the Uruguayan this season, but Bentancur appeared to stagnate. Needs to cut out the silly fouls, and play more direct with the ball at his feet. Should get another season to figure it out as the talent is there, otherwise Bentancur should expect to be put on the chopping block.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/10: The Portuguese international was among the few consistent performers this season, and almost dragged Juventus deep into the Champions League on his own. Simply put, Ronaldo showed up. His teammates did not.
Paulo Dybala – 5/10: Another victim of Allegriball. The Argentine international looked lost all season, and failed to adapt to a deeper role. While Allegri’s tactics will get much of the blame, Dybala himself could have been much, much better. Expect to see him reborn next season under a new manager.
Douglas Costa – 5/10: Spit-gate, injuries, and overall inconsistency kept the Brazilian out of the eleven, but he did relatively well when called upon. With Allegri gone and the shackles off, Douglas Costa is another player that is set to benefit.
Juan Cuadrado – 5.5/10: The Colombian international saw his playing time limited due to injuries, and only featured regularly towards the tail end of the season. Expect Juve to shop him around, as they cannot afford yet another inconsistent performer in the final third.
Mario Mandzukic – 6.5/10: A tail of two halves. In the first half of the season, the Croatian was as crucial as Ronaldo, scoring important goals every other week. After the winter break, however, fatigue caught up to him, and Mandzukic struggled to impose himself. Will benefit from a much needed break this summer.
Moise Kean – 7/10: The youngster played a crucial role in Juventus’ eighth consecutive Scudetto, scoring important goals against Udinese, Cagliari and Milan among others. With a mini-revolution on the cards, Kean’s importance at the club will only grow.
Federico Bernardeschi – 6/10: Bernardeschi had his best season yet at Juventus, however, that’s not saying much. His heroics against Atletico Madrid and his strong start to the season did a lot for his general perception, but it doesn’t change the fact that the former Fiorentina man was often ineffective in the final third. He’s clearly very talented but for a player with over 2000 minutes of football in all competitions, Juve expect more than three goals and four assists. In any case, he made positive strides forward.
Massimiliano Allegri: 4.5/10: Had the keys to a Ferrari, but drove it like a Prius. The former Milan boss will be kicking himself for not doing more with the squad at his disposal, which led to his sacking. Juventus’ heartbreaking defeat in Cardiff seems to have gotten the better of him therefore a sabbatical should serve him well. 4.5 points for winning the Scudetto, zero elsewhere.
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