Sunday, 19 December 2010

Juve player ratings

Given Could not have done much with Gianetti's goal, otherwise had a good game. Probably his last game for City, if he goes somewhere on loan in January. 6

Richards Promoted to the captaincy, for the first time since under Eriksson, which was nice to see. Played well enough, impressing with an early run and cross down the right, although again he failed to get sufficiently tight to stop del Piero from crossing to Gianetti for their goal. 6

Boateng Moved inside and looked very composed. Might suffer in the immediate term for his versatility (I think our best back four is Kolarov-Kompany-Kolo-Zabaleta) but in time it will be to his credit. 7

Boyata A bit slow getting to Gianetti when Juventus scored. Otherwise he played fine, games against this level of opposition can only be beneficial in his development. 6

Bridge Fine, really. Attacked fairly well and did better up against Miloš Krasić than one might have expected. 6

Milner Performing the same job he did in the home game with Red Bull Salzburg - as Patrick Vieira's legs - and did so fairly effectively. He linked well with Johnson on the left (his movement isn't quite as brainless as some like to make out, me included) and caused problems. 6

Vieira Quite a comfortable evening out at his old club, Vieira is perfect for these games, when he can take a step back and pick out his passes. There is a question over whether Mancini will stick with Given, Bridge, Vieira etc in the knock-out rounds. Maybe for Aris, but not beyond that I imagine. 6

SWP Lively - no one could ever doubt his enthusiasm. Ran often at Armand Traoré, with some success, although not enough to displace David Silva any time soon. 6

Nimely His first start for City, playing just off Jô, and I was fairly impressed. He's lively, he runs around a lot, he likes to shoot: not the finished product, of course, but this was his first start. Wouldn't mind seeing more of him this season. 6

Always at the heart of the story. His finishing was not quite what it might have been, as he missed two or three decent chances. That said, he had one goal wrongly disallowed for offside, and his movement is a bit more purposeful and helpful than it used to be - he doesn't just stand still on the touch-line any more. But he good his goal very well indeed, spinning and clipping it into the bottom corner. This is a former Brazil international, remember, and there's certainly a decent player in there somewhere. 6

Johnson Our best forward, as he usually is in the Europa League. Had some fun against a very isolated Zdeněk Grygera early on, and looked closest to creating chances for us. Played the through ball from which Jô scored in the second half. 7


Zabaleta Gave us a bit more in midfield, when we needed it. 7

Chantler Too late to mark n/a

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