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.
Sebastian Giovinco: 6.0
by Aaron Giambattista
When Sebastian returned from Parma this summer, he did it to some degree of excitement. In the last two seasons, he had developed into one of the best players in Serie A, bagging 16 goals and 11 assists in his 2nd season at the club. I think it’d be incredibly harsh to call his season a failure, but it hasn’t lived up to expectations. 9 goals and 6 assists is an alright return in 27 starts, considering it’s his first season back at the club, but a lot of those goals weren’t particularly decisive.
A 4-3-3 suits Giovinco very well, but the 3-5-2 doesn’t seem to much. Short of a big offer (which is unlikely) he’ll probably get a 2nd chance next year.
Nicolas Sébastien Anelka: s.v.
by John Cascarano
Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that we’d finally be able to bag Nicolas Anelka, fighting off competition from Lazio and Real Madrid. But alas, we’ve signed one of the hottest young attackers from what is shaping up to be a golden generation of French footballers! As a side note, I can’t wait to go to Sam Goody and pick up the new Blink-182 CD. Oh wait, I’m not in high school, and it’s 2013.
A depth signing, nothing more, nothing less. I would say that I would have rather brought back Gabbiadini, or brought back one of our primavera, but it turns out there was no room for Le Sulk as it was, and any of those youngsters would have surely rotted on the bench anyway.
Nicklas Bendtner: s.v.
by Lars Aabjerg Pedersen
Well… Not much to say, really. He got a look-in once or twice, got injured, then decided to return home and DUI – in my city! Even if I still do question he is the hate-child of Marco Borriello and Joey Barton he sometimes is made out to be, there is no other way of describing his season at Juve than “utter failure”, only partially balanced by the minute role he was expected to play from the beginning. Still, like just about everyone else exiting Arsenal these past few years, he will return with a trophy to pride himself of – as opposed to those who stayed…
His future is uncertain, and I suspect only Danish Juventini will even remotely care where it lies – so long as it is not in Turin.