Juventus sign Arturo Vidal. The general response, among those not too proud to admit it, is a resounding WHO? The five of us here at JuventiKnows.com, a few Copa America and World Cup games aside, have seen very little of the Chilean midfielder that seems to have been captured at the request of Antonio Conte.
His arrival, alongside the departure of everyone’s favourite bi-polar Brazilian Felipe Melo, signals the end of destructive-midfield play and would appear to herald the dawning of a possession-based game under the new coach.
Beppe Marotta seems to have pulled off a master-stroke in sealing a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen man, holding off competition from the rarely defeated Bayern Munich. Alarmed by our collective lack of knowledge of this highly-sought player, we turned to Terry Duffelen of the brilliant BundesBag to find out just who the David Trezeguet stunt double really is.
What type of player is the newest member of the Bianconeri?
Vidal is one of those players who confounds the tacticians. Technically, he’s supposed to be a defensive midfielder. However with ten Bundesliga goals and eleven assists to his name last season, it would suggest a much more well-rounded player. He is almost the epitome of a modern midfielder, one who can do pretty much everything a coach asks. Arturo Vidal is a jack of all trades and master of all, to boot.
Tell us a little of his history
There is an element of romance to his story. Vidal hails from San Joaquin, a working class community in Santiago. No doubt he had to emerge from a congested field of hungry boys, desperate to fulfil their dreams of professional football and improve their lives. Vidal joined the youth ranks of the Santiago giants, Colo Colo. Two Aperturas and one Clausura later, he made the move to Europe and Bayer Leverkusen.
How well did he do after moving to Europe?
As a Leverkusen player he has found domestic honours somewhat hard to come by, although he has come pretty close to the Bundesliga title since his arrival in 2007. Last season, however, was his breakout year and Vidal, perhaps benefiting from his experience in Marcelo Bielsa’s Chilean World Cup team, has matured into one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga. Next season, he should be regarded as one of the best in the world.
Do you think he fits with the Juventus midfield?
Can only see him benefiting from the experience of Andrea Pirlo. At his age (24) he has the energy of 1.5 players so yes, he’d be more than capable of holding a double-pivot midfield alongside the World Cup winner, or slotting comfortably into a combination of three players.
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