With the 2012-2013 Juventus season at an end Juventus stand alone at the top of Serie A, having successfully defended a consecutive title and crowned Champions of Italy for the 31st time. While victorious in the domestic league this latest campaign was not without its set-backs, including stumbles at the knock-out stages of both the Champions League and the TIM Cup Coppa Italia.
We here at JuventiKNOWS submit this season’s Pagelle for the Juventus first team, grading each player by position:
- Defenders Part 1, Part 2
- Midfielders Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Forwards Part 1, Part 2
And don’t miss our Juventus Primavera 2012-13 Season Review & Pagelle.
José Martín Cáceres: 6.5
by Aaron Giambattista
It’s been a step back for Martin Caceres this season, who played very rarely for most of the fall. With Giorgio Chiellini injured in the winter, El Pelado finally started to get some minutes but sadly that period of form was interrupted by a terrible car accident. In his first few games, the rustiness showed and Caceres was somewhat suspect, but he grew in confidence with playing time.
Offers a very unique defending style to the back trio, who mostly play as stoppers. Caceres is comfortable reading interceptions and pushing out of defense. Here’s to hoping Martin will be used more often next season.
Paolo De Ceglie: 5.5
by Aaron Giambattista
While he manned the flank well for most of Conte’s inaugural season, it seems Conte has either lost faith or interest. Rightfully benched in the Fall during Asamoah’s sensational period of form, he struggled for any space in January with Asamoah either gone or in poor form and Peluso drafted in as a replacement. De Ceglie had a few errors in the winter when he played, but in fairness, anyone who played in Chiellini’s place (Peluso, Caceres, Asamoah) also conceded easy goals.
Less defensively secure than last year, he still offered wide play and crossing that neither Peluso nor Asamoah can do. A likely departure for the summer, his willingness to play as reserve may be the only reason he’d stay.
Federico Peluso: 6.0
by John Cascarano
Few knew who Federico Peluso was before his name began to emerge last summer as an option for the left back/left wingback role. Certainly Antonio Conte did, having coached him at Atalanta, while Cesare Prandelli took note, calling him up to the National Team after the Euros. The move would not become official until the winter with Paolo De Ceglie’s inability to solidify the role as his own, and Kwadwo Asamoah away on AFCON duty for what seemed like an eternity.
It was then that Peluso arrived with mixed, albeit steadily improving results. His arrival was not as inexplicable as that of say, Simone Padoin (and the continued selection of such), but many feel based on his earlier performances that Juventus can do better. One thing is for sure – he has looked far better playing in his preferred position on the outside than at centerback. If his option is exercised, one can only hope that he never sees a back three again.
Stephan Lichtsteiner: 7.5
by Lars Aabjerg Pedersen
Was somewhat doubted by many due to the change of system last season. Would he really fit in as a wingback rather than a full-back? Well, after a bit of getting used to, it’s fair to say that Stephan adapted, and not only that, but together with Vidal he made sure that the opposition was not only manhandled, but at times left crying (mostly for air).
The Swiss Express may not be popular too many other places, but man does he belong at Juve! Grinta, stamina and passion by the boatload – and note his ability to stop at the yellows. For a guy as passionate as he is, the sheer restraint is something to be admired. I consider him a pillar of this construction, not least for his noticeable offensive contributions. One of a few players absolutely crucial to Conte going forward.