Chelsea started the night so well with a brace from Oscar in the first half and found themselves leading 2-0 after 33 minutes on the clock but had to be content only with a point at the end as Juventus gradually equalized. Sadly for Chelsea, it wasn’t an individual or team brilliance from Juventus but their own defensive errors which cost them the game.
Roberto Di Matteo criticized his Chelsea players for their carelessness after they were unable to capitalise on Oscar’s two goals to beat Juventus.
“We’re disappointed and a little bit deflated because we had put ourselves in a great position to win this game,” he said. We were playing against a good team who were always dangerous, but we should really have closed the game. You try to be composed and keep the ball. But we did, at times, give it away cheaply.
“We should have done better with the ball. We lost possession for the second goal and we did not react quickly enough. That’s a disappointment. We made a couple of mistakes on their goals and they had good movement and good finishes, so it was a bit of both.”
Let us have a look at the player ratings for both teams:
Had little to do and could not be blamed for either Juventus goal.
Branislav Ivanovic: 5
Well short of his best. Was relatively unseen for most of the match. Offered little going forward.
David Luiz: 6
Sloppy on occasions but otherwise did well against Juve’s dangerous strikeforce.
John Terry: 6
Solid for most of the match until his mistake in the off side trap that eventually led to Juventus’ equalizer which might have been prevented had Chelsea’s skipper reacted quicker.
Ashley Cole: 7
A Regulation game for Cole as he got forward often and was always there at the back when he was required.
John Obi Mikel: 4
Probably Chelsea’s worst player for the night. It was his mistake which built-up to the equalizer. Passing was poor and his attempted balls to Hazard never quite reached the destination.
Yet to prove his flair of last season.Missed a good chance in the first half. Chelsea fans will hope he won’t turn out to be like Joe Cole by showing magical moments in one season and failing to deliver in the other.
Frank Lampard: 7
Impressive with the ball, especially when Chelsea were on top. No give aways like the Q.P.R game.
Eden Hazard: 7
Caused Juve’s defence problems at times. Would have expected to score a goal himself but drifted in and out of the game.
Oscar: 8 :
A Dream debut did not end the way he’d wish for. Scored 2 in 2 minutes for the Blues. If one would have enjoyed the first goal then his second was definitely a treat. Oscar was without a doubt the best player for Chelsea on the night.
Fernando Torres: 6
Showed glimpses of quality but faced a thankless task operating as a lone striker against a rugged back line. Not many would have expected him to score and he did justice to that at least that. He had worse games for sure but on the whole he was okay for me as he looked mildly dangerous when he had the ball.
Ryan Bertrand: 6
Brought on to give Chelsea more solidity as they sought to protect their lead, only for Mikel’s error to prove costly.
Juan Mata: 5
Missed a good chance to make it 3-1 and Chelsea paid heavily for that miss at the end.
Gianluigi Buffon : 6
Just like his opposite number,Gigi was let down by his defence and could not have done much with either of the goals.
Giorgio Chiellini : 6
Had a descent game and was probably better than his other 2 fellow defenders thanks to Ramires and Ivanovich’s combo on the right.
Andrea Barzagli 6:
Won some headers but not his best game as Hazard and Torres threatened him throughout.
Leonardo Bonucci : 4
Gets my vote for the Flop of Juentus on the night. It was Because of his deflection of Oscar’s shot that Buffon could not save the ball from going in. Was lucky to play the full match as his tackle on Oscar probably deserved more punishment.
Stephan Lichtsteiner : 5
Was invisible for most of the match and did not do much with the ball when he had it.
Andrea Pirlo : 6
Did not change the game on his own or give some killer balls up front. That’s the reason he gets just a 6 and not more. But he controlled the ball for juventus at times and had a descent game.
Kwadwo Asamoah 5:
Should have attacked more from the flanks but ran a lot during the game.
Arturo Vidal : 8
Juve’s man of the night. Pulled one back for them despite injury concerns initially after taking a blow in the starting of the match. His performance was not based just on the goal but also his strong presence throughout the game
Mirko Vučinić : 6
Wasted a few chances but was strong overall and showed good signs
Sebastian Giovinco : 6
Just like Vucinic, he never quite took his chances. Should have done more..
Fabio Quagliarella : 7
The super sub. Took full advantage of the space offered to him by the Chelsea defence and equalized for Juventus.
Mauricio Isla : 6
Put in a decent shift down the right.
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