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.
Kwadwo Asamoah: 6.0
by Lars Aabjerg Pedersen
Asabob took Juventini and the league by storm after his unexpected capture of the LWB position from the very beginning of the season, providing goals and assists galore and generally impressing everyone. Later in 2012 his form dropped significantly though, and after returning from the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, he seemed even more out of sorts.
Ended the season quite well though, and clearly has loads of potential both physically and technically. Question is if he should be given some playing time in his natural, central position in order to fully show it (even if competition is admittedly fierce).
Luca Marrone: 6.5
by Adam Dibgy
Luca struggled for playing time despite being pushed into a new role as the Vice-Bonucci where his passing ability and vision were expected to shine. He has been the subject of much transfer talk and his name has been involved in much of the discussion regarding a possible deal with Fiorentina for Stevan Jovetic. That would be a shame as Juventus have a hidden gem of a player in Marrone and one who could be a valuable squad player to Conte who has long admired the talented midfielder.
Still just 23, he averaged almost fifty passes per game at a completion rate of 92% which puts him among the very best in the league and it must also be noted that he made 1.8 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game as he applied his reading of the game to defence. Another stat worth mentioning as he heads off to represent Italy in the European Under-21 Championships is that of the ten games Marrone featured in this season – eight of which he started – Juventus won nine and drew the other, outscoring their opponents by a score of 27 goals to six. Food for thought when discussing his future.
Paul Pogba: 7.0
by John Cascarano
Teenaged, Mutant, Ninja Pogba, Teenaged, Mutant, Ninja Pogba, Teenaged, Mutant Ninja Pogba! Hero with a gold head-shell-type-thing… Pogba power!
Ok, now that I got that out of my system…
Nobody could have imagined that the 19 year old who snubbed Sir Alex Ferguson’s offer to renew a summer ago in lieu of Juventus would make such an impact so soon. Having already stocked up on young midfielders around his age, many assumed that Juventus would make the young Frenchman would follow the same path of a loan to a smaller club in order to gain experience. Instead, Pogba was handed the sacred number 6 shirt, and rather quickly worked his way into the regular rotation, scoring some key goals. Able to play in any midfield role, Paul the Octopus displayed repertoire of speed, tackling, and passing complemented by a lethal outside shot, and even earned his way onto the French National Team senior squad, all by age 20. Now I get what all the fuss was about from Sir Alex. I can’t say I blame him.