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Juventus 0-0 FC Barcelona: Player Ratings

FC Barcelona have topped their Champions League group with a draw against Juventus


Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League
Lionel Messi started the game from the bench

FC Barcelona secured qualification into the knockout stages with a goalless draw against Juventus in Turin. A draw means that the Catalans will qualify as the group winners with Juventus trailing by three points and also behind in the head to head statistics. 

It was a cagey game throughout as both the sides lacked imagination in the final third to create a number of chances in the game. Lionel Messi was given a rest and was introduced near the hour mark. Let us take a look at how each player fared in a hard-fought European encounter between Juventus and FC Barcelona: 


Juventus 

Gianluigi Buffon: 6.5/10 

The legend wasn't tested much and was merely a spectator in the second half. But he was caught out on Ivan Rakitic's freekick which struck the post. 

Daniele Rugani: 6/10 

The centre-back helped out his teammates in tricky situations with his positioning being excellent for the entire game. His reading of the game prevented many of Barcelona's threatening attacks. 

Mehdi Benatia: 7.5/10 

The former Bayern Munich man was Juventus' best player on the night. He defended by example, winning every duel, being strong in the air and making some timely interceptions in the second half. He never looked out of place against Luis Suarez. 

Andrea Barzagli: 6

Shifting between the right centre back and right back according to Allegri's instructions, Barzagli was solid on the night. He tracked his man well and made some important clearances. 

Alex Sandro: 4.5/10 

The Brazilian has been a shadow of himself this season and has looked short on confidence. It was the same case against FC Barcelona with Sandro looking unimaginative at times. He didn't burst forward as he is used to and also switched off a couple of times in defending. 

Sami Khedira: 4/10 

Khedira's bad run of form continued as the defensive midfielder could not give much protection to his centre-backs. Khedira had few chances to dictate the proceedings but decided to play it safe at all those times. 

Miralem Pjanic: 5.5/10 

Pjanic was lively in the first half with his passing creating open spaces for the attackers to work upon. He made an unnecessary challenge in the first half and deserved a booking. The midfielder was substituted early in the second half.  

Juan Cuadrado: 5/10 

The Colombian had a solid first half attacking wise where he linked up brilliantly with Paulo Dybala. Cuadrado had a chance but blazed his shot over the post. Defensively, Cuadrado was switched off at times and allowed his man to pass him with ease. He then had a pretty average second half. 

Douglas Costa: 6/10 

The winger proved to be a driving force for Juventus against Barcelona. He tried to take on defenders whenever he got the opportunity and had a solo run thwarted by Ter Stegen. 

Paulo Dybala: 6.5/10 

Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League
The Argentine could have won the game in stoppage time

He was Juventus' brightest attacking spark. All of the home side's meaningful attacks passed through him and Dybala also had a chance to win it at the end. It was a brilliant opportunity which Dybala would have usually scored 9/10 times. 

Gonzalo Higuain: 4/10 

The striker made some runs and tried his best to make an influence but wasn't receiving the service he was hoping for. He was poor in the second half and looked extremely sluggish after the hour mark. 

Substitutions

Rodrigo Bentancur: 6/10 

He replaced Pjanic and got the job done at the end. 

Claudio Marchisio: 6.5/10 

The veteran midfielder did everything in the game in a short spell which Khedira was supposed to do from the start. Judging by both of their displays, Marchisio deserves a starting berth ahead of Sami Khedira. 

Blaise Matuidi: N/A

The Frenchman did not play enough minutes to warrant a rating. 

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