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.
Mirko Vučinić: 7.0
by John Cascarano
A quintessential Vucinic season. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes completely anonymous. Although trite, it bears repeating for our current purposes that the one weakness in an otherwise world-class team is Juventus’ attack. With that, Mirko has been the best one since arriving two summers ago.
Of all the members of the front-line, Big Game Mirko had the most assists (6) and lead both the position and team in goals (10), and did not repeat his late season heroics which helped carry the team to an unexpected Scudetto run. Yes, he is quite profligate at times, sometimes squandering opportunities that say, the more clinical Matri would have bagged, but he’s the most well-rounded attacker we’ve got. This has not gone unnoticed by certain premier league teams, according to reports.
Fabio Quagliarella: 7.0
by Aaron Giambattista
The rating may seem high, but given the scarce amount of playing time conceded to Quagliarella, he’s done superbly. Fabio has scored 13 goals on the season, including the most amount of goals in a Champion’s League campaign by any Serie A player since Alex Del Piero in 2008-2009, and they’ve been decisive. He bagged the tying goal at Stamford Bridge, a sublime hat-trick (and assist!) against Pescara, the opening goal at home against Celtic and a goal/assist man-of-the-match performance against Inter.
Sadly, he’s been underused and it’s clear the coaching staff doesn’t like him much. He was used sparingly in his first season under Conte, and likewise this year – it only took one poor performance for Quagliarella to be benched, which led to his outburst against Angelo Alessio during the Milan defeat. After that, he was used less and less. Deserves a lot more praise for the hardship endured at Juventus in the last two seasons.
Alessandro Matri: 6.5
by Adam Dibgy
Where to begin? The problem with describing Matri and his play is that it must be done in the knowledge Conte simply doesn’t trust him. That opinion is witnessed by him always being the one to miss out in important matches and he made just ten starts. That’s less than Paolo De Ceglie, and only two more than Mauricio Isla who spent the whole season battling injuries. What makes the whole situation frustrating is that when he does play, Matri is simply an excellent finisher and, while that may not be the opinion as we watch him play, it is clear an optical illusion as the eye test is proven flawed by the stats.
In the last two seasons, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella have needed an average of 10.7 and 9.2 shots per goal. Matri? Just 5.7 and before you think “well that just proves he’s the best of a bad bunch,” Edinson Cavani averages 6.2 in that same period. It would be tempting to say that what he needs is greater opportunity but, as I already noted, Conte clearly doesn’t trust him and – as much as I personally like what he offers – perhaps it is time for him to move on.