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.
Claudio Marchisio: 7.5
by John Cascarano
Often overlooked because of a) the nature of his position and role demanded by Conte, and b) his overall selflessness, Marchisio is simply an irreplaceable piece of Juventus’ biggest asset, its midfield. Under Conte’s tutelage il Principino really began to shine. This season he picked up right where he left off.
An excellent dribbler with exceptional ball control and passing skills, Marchisio is at times most valuable for what he does without the ball, constantly terrorizing defenders with well-timed runs into the box, and frequently (for a central midfielder) chipping in with a big goal. So well-rounded is his skillset that with the unexpected meteoric rise of Paul Pogba, Conte was able to field Claudio as a second striker in order to maximize squad selection. The results may have been mixed, but his willingness to move around for the team, as well as his ability to at least spot-start out of position during a time of need – as he had done previously as a left winger under Gigi Delneri – only enhances his overall value to the team. None of this has gone unnoticed if reports of interest from clubs like Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and AS Monaco are to be believed.
Arturo Vidal: 9.0
by Lars Aabjerg Pedersen
Directly involved in 23 Juventus goals (scored or assisted in Serie A and CL), but that doesn’t even begin to describe his impact on the team this season. Grinta, pace, skills, superlative engine, brilliant tackles, a good shot – and an almost Balotelli-esque penalty coolness to boot. Vidal’s trajectory since arriving in Turin is on the brink of being actually scary.
I am not a man to be easily duped by players in this day and age, but Vidal is a man after my heart, and, I suspect, most others’ as well. It’s no wonder half of Europe is after him, but his remaining presence at Juventus will be a stronger signal than any summer signing of our intentions in the coming years. Tied for player of the season with Barzagli – and that is only because I love big Andrea beyond rational judgment.
Andrea Pirlo: 7.5
by Adam Dibgy
Writing about The Bearded Genius, as I’m sure my colleagues here at JuventiKnows will agree, has become increasingly difficult. As we sit down to compile the match reports for you after every game, the paragraph of the pagelle for Juve’s midfield conductor is almost impossible. There are simply not enough superlatives in the English (or indeed any other) language to describe the man wearing the Bianconeri number 21.
This season he was not as perfect as last term yet still made over 300 more passes than any other player in Serie A. To put that in context, Vucinic and Bonucci COMBINED made less passes than Pirlo. In summary, I’ll say this; as a boy I was brought up on stories of the greatness of Gianni Rivera and Giancarlo Antonognoni. Make no mistake, we are watching similar greatness right here, right now, and in years to come we will speak of Pirlo in the same reverential tones. Enjoy it my friends.