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January 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia — Bergamo
Referee:‬ D. Celi‎
Attendance:‬ 21000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Atalanta 0-2 Juventus

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the performers at the Stadio Atleti Azzuri d'Italia as two second-half goals see the visitors crowned as Serie A's winter champions

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Andrea Consigli
    81
    10
    3.00

    Andrea Consigli

    Did everything right for the home side between the sticks, thwarting Juventus time and time again with his acrobatics and command of his area. His world-class save from Vucinic early in the first half was the main highlight of an impressive display, as he was the one person keeping the scoreline down.

  • Thomas Manfredini
    18
    26
    3.00

    Thomas Manfredini

    Like his central defensive partner, he looked shaky whenever Juventus looked to attack, and will probably be grateful to his goalkeeper for being there to clean up his mistakes.

  • Federico Peluso
    17
    42
    3.00

    Federico Peluso Flop of the Match

    Left Pepe far too much space on the flanks in the first half, and was caught ball-watching on a few occasions as Juventus attacked in waves. Additionally, he lost sight of Lichtsteiner at the far post in the buildup to the opener, which gave the Juventus full-back the time he needed to head home.

  • Michele Ferri
    17
    26
    2.50

    Michele Ferri

    Simply could not cope with the Juve machine when the ball was around the box, especially in the first half onslaught. Was guilty of allowing Matri to give him the slip multiple times, though the Juventus striker's profligacy meant that his lapses were not as exposed as often as they should have been.

  • Ezequiel Schelotto
    15
    30
    3.00

    Ezequiel Schelotto

    Made one or two bursts to make the Juventus defence think, but otherwise he was mainly used to man the flanks in his own half. Taken off with a quarter of an hour to go.

  • Luca Cigarini
    17
    26
    3.00

    Luca Cigarini

    Did not have a productive time of it in the centre of the park, giving possession away cheaply far too many times and generally never getting to grips with the game,.

  • Simone Padoin
    15
    26
    3.00

    Simone Padoin

    Was cut to ribbons at times in the first half as Juventus ran rings around the Atalanta midfield. However, he improved after the break and made a steady finish to the game.

  • Cristian Raimondi
    13
    26
    2.50

    Cristian Raimondi

    Had an intriguing battle with Vucinic as they tussled more than once, but kept a better watch on the Montenegrin than Peluso did on Pepe down the opposite flank. Booked on the stroke of half-time for complaining after a free-kick was awarded to Juventus.

  • Giacomo Bonaventura
    10
    30
    3.00

    Giacomo Bonaventura

    With little time or space to make something happen on the wing, his contribution was limited to providing an extra body to defend out wide. Substituted just after the hour mark.

  • Germán Denis
    19
    29
    3.00

    Germán Denis

    Pickings were extremely slim for him up front, with his one half-chance volleyed wide in the first half. Worked hard at chasing down lost causes, but did not have enough quality or support to make anything happen.

Substitutions

  • Adriano Ferreira Pinto
    9
    24
    2.50

    Adriano Ferreira Pinto

    Played the last 15 minutes, but failed to make an impact.

  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    15
    18
    0.00

    Manolo Gabbiadini

    Given a seven-minute run out

  • Guido Marilungo
    14
    20
    2.50

    Guido Marilungo

    Found it difficult to adjust to the pace of the game in his half-hour on the pitch.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    427
    6
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    The veteran keeper was never really in any danger from Atalanta, and handled his business between the posts with confidence to keep a clean sheet.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    502
    9
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Produced a couple of spectacular clearances from dead ball situations to snuff out the Atalanta threat in the air, and generally held his own in the centre of defence.

  • Paolo De Ceglie
    402
    10
    3.00

    Paolo De Ceglie

    Rarely tested defensively so he looked to get forward often, especially in the first half offensive avalanche. Provided a decent outlet on the left but should have done better when he headed Pirlo’s free-kick over from a great position.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    384
    6
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Made several timely interceptions, and even though he was caught out of position once or twice, had a solid game.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    516
    8
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    The full-back was very aggressive defensively, hardly allowing the Atalanta wide men time or space to get their bearings. Broke the deadlock with a nifty header after Pirlo’s brilliant pass, but picked up a silly yellow card for complaining.

  • Simone Pepe
    297
    106
    2.50

    Simone Pepe

    At times he was his side’s most dangerous outlet in the first half, constantly finding space on the wings while putting a few chances on a plate for his profligate team-mates. However, there was to be no direct reward for his endeavour, and he was taken off in the second half.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    290
    93
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    Subdued outing for the midfielder, who did not contribute much outside of one or two clever passes, and was replaced at half-time.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    668
    9
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo Top of the Match

    As ever, the veteran midfielder dictated play with his incisive passing, and initiated many a Juventus attack in this fashion. His gorgeous through ball helped finally break Atalanta’s resistance and allow Lichtsteinier to head in the opener.

  • Arturo Vidal
    429
    14
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    For most of the game, he executed his role well, cleaning up all the loose ends in midfield. Nearly opened the scoring just before half-time with a howitzer from 30 yards out that cannoned back off the crossbar.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    344
    60
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    The Montenegrin was not a constant threat from out wide, but there were moments when his deliveries into the box caused the Atalanta defence a few problems. Withdrawn with four minutes to go.

  • Alessandro Matri
    257
    219
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Left his shooting boots in the locker room, providing a catalogue of terrible misses on the night. The Italian should have had a hat-trick, but his radar was off as he wasted a slew of Juventus chances.

Substitutions

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    184
    93
    0.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Late cameo off the bench.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    503
    11
    3.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Made a definitive impact off the bench, combining with fellow substitute Marrone to volley Juventus into an unassailable two-goal lead at the end of a great move.

  • Luca Marrone
    538
    11
    3.50

    Luca Marrone

    Another inspired substitution by Conte, Marrone helped put the icing on the cake with a sumptuous pass for Giaccherini to score. Almost had a goal himself, but for the fingertips of Consigli.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0