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.
Mauricio Aníbal Isla: 4.5
by Aaron Giambattista
Mauricio Isla was signed as one of the best wingbacks in Italy, with the caveat he arrived injured from an ACL tear. Conte chose him because of his dribbling abilities, speed, and overall ability to beat a man. Sadly, due to the coaching staff’s incorrect assessment of his form/fitness, he spent most of the seasons in the stands while starting for Chile during the international breaks.
There seems to be an agreement to move forward with him for next year, a wise move for a potentially world class player.
Simone Pepe: s.v
by Adam Dibgy
Spent the entire campaign injured but his value rocketed as Juventus struggled v Bayern Munich as his absence was pointed to when the Bianconeri had no answer to the dominant German side. The tactical intelligence and flexibility he offers has always been key to Juve and will be so once again next term.
Emanuele Giaccherini: 6.5
A Conte-style gritty hardworker, the utility man (and my doppelganger) had a good year with 17 appearances for Juventus in all competitions. Giaccherini enjoyed 3 assists on the season and was even able to score 3 goals, including a lovely strike in his season debut against Genoa for a 1-3 away win. Emanuele struggled a bit playing in the Champions League, mostly coming on as a substitute; but for a footballer who fought in the trenches of Lega Pro only 3 years ago, that’s one hell of an accomplishment.
Giacch’s versatility is an asset to Conte’s tactical systems, able to play in the center of midfield as well as both wings. Cesare Prandelli has noticed his worth as well, and The Little Goblin has solidified his National Team call-up… Which always makes me smile, given that he’s a bench player at Juve.
Will he be here next season? I think so, given his strong work ethic and humble willingness to play a supporting role. Still, with his National Team pedigree and cheap salary (€600,000) he could be a useful bargaining chip in the transfer market.
Receives a +.5 for being my muse in one of my favorite photoshops I’ve ever made on this site.
Simone Padoin: 5.5
by Aaron Giambattista
When Antonio Cassano stated he didn’t join Juventus because he couldn’t be a “soldatino”, he couldn’t have described Padoin any better. Simone never complains about playing time, competently covers most areas of the pitch, and while he’ll never be a match winner, he’ll never lose one either.
Cassano may have meant it as an insult, but Padoin might take it as a compliment while polishing his two league medals.