Players ratings by experts.

Gianluigi Buffon – 6   He only had one real save to make all game, during the first period. After that the Juve goalkeeper was seldom called into action and enjoyed a surprisingly quiet evening thanks to the defence in front of him.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – 6.5   Focused on the defensive side of things and mostly stayed home to keep Napoli’s rampant left side in check. He went about his job with minimum fuss and the fact Lorenzo Insigne had one of his least influential game is a credit to his performance.

Andrea Barzagli – 7.5   Like his defensive partner he seldom put a foot wrong and picked up the slack, after Leonardo Bonucci had to come off, by shackling Gonzalo Higuaín. The Italian had the Partenopei No.9 in his back pocket throughout the game.

Leonardo Bonucci – 7   A rock at the back, the defender marshalled Higuaín expertly and kept him quiet. Made a fantastic, acrobatic clearance to deny the Argentine what would’ve likely been a goal. It was unfortunate he had to be replaced, by Daniele Rugani, due to a knock he’d picked up in the first period.

Patrice Evra – 6.5   The Frenchman put in a great and assured performance at the back. Defensively he seldom allowed Jose Callejon to get behind him and offensively was always willing to overlap to offer Paul Pogba more space to operate.


Juan Cuadrado – 6.5   Busy down his flank, he provided width and industry. The Colombian looked good going forward and often got the better of his man, however he let himself and his teammates down when he got into the final third with wasteful passing or poor decision-making.

Sami Khedira – 6.5   The German made a surprise recovery and return to the starting XI, and yet didn’t look like a man who’d just returned from an injury. He drove from midfield and was never shy about joining in on attacks. Combined well with Claudio Marchisio in the middle and overall put in a solid display.

Claudio Marchisio – 6.5   Played intelligently and simply. He showed a great sense of anticipation and reading of the game to plug up gaps. As far as the battle of the deep-lying playmakers against Jorginho is concerned, he won it.

Paul Pogba – 6.5   Juve’s No.10 was a driving force in midfield. He used his physicality to bully the Neapolitans and always had his deft technique as an extra weapon in store. Gave Elseid Hysaj a torrid time all game.


Alvaro Morata – 5.5 The Spaniard put himself about visit but he struggled to get into dangerous positions or threaten goal, he was invaluable in his ability to keep possession and bring his teammates into play.

Paulo Dybala – 6   He was all over the pitch, coming deep and drifting wide to find the right spaces where he could be dangerous. He was often dispossessed and never really weighed as much as he should have on the Napoli defence.


Daniele Rugani – 6   Introduced for the injured Leonardo Bonucci on 52 minutes. He took a little while to get into the game but improved with each passing minute. One he’d gained his composure, he looked solid and especially impressed in his ability to bring the ball out from the back.

Simone Zaza – 7.5   Came in shortly before the hour mark in place of Alvaro Morata. He turned out to be the unlikely hero on the night, firing the winner in the dying embers of the game with a viciously hit left-footed drive.

Alex Sandro – N/A



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