It’s been a largely successful season for Juventus. The Bianconeri, led by Antonio Conte, managed to retain their Scudetto while managed to break through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and were ousted only by eventual champions, Bayern Munich.
TheHardTackle rates the Juventus players on the basis of their outings in the 2012-2013 season.
Gianluigi Buffon – 7.5: Another excellent season for Italy’s no. 1. Buffon maintained the high standard he has set for himself with great saves throughout the course of the campaign. The most notable one came from Francesco Totti’s penalty in Rome. With a minor exception of a blip in the home game against Sampdoria, Buffon has been impeccable.
Andrea Barzagli – 8.5: Barzagli has coupled superb sense of anticipation with exceptional awareness to become the best defender in Serie A this season. His marauding bursts from defense have been his signature while he may not grab all the attention, he goes about doing his job silently and efficiently.
Leonardo Bonucci – 8: The Italian International has managed to wipe off his moments of madness that have been cited as drawbacks in previous seasons. His ability to bring the ball out of defense has greatly served Juventus.
Giorgio Chiellini – 8: Reliable as usual, Chiellini did miss many games this season, yet whenever he has stepped on the pitch he has been the dominating presence that we have grown to admire. Powerful in the tackle and physical in his presence, Chiellini provided assurance to the Juventus back-line.
Luca Marrone – 6.5: This was thought to be Marrone’s break-out season but the Juventus youth product hasn’t seen much game-time. He took to his new role at the centre of defense with ease and rarely looked overawed. Marrone’s destiny, it would seem, lies as Bonucci’s back-up.
Martin Caceres – 6.5: The Uruguayan suffered from a horrific crash in March but recovered towards the end of the campaign. As trustworthy a back-up you’ll find in the league, Caceres has been solid in the 18 games he was fielded.
Stephan Lichtsteiner – 7.5: Lichtsteiner may not have performed at the level he displayed last season but was still a threat down the Juventus flank. Without too much support and in a formation that demands a lot from a wing-back, it’s hard to name a better wing-back in Italy.
Paolo De Ceglie – 5: It looks inevitable that De Ceglie’s future lies away from Juventus. The left-back struggled to impress this campaign and wasn’t the most convincing player whenever he played. Sadly, De Ceglie hasn’t quite developed into the player Juventus had hoped he would become.
Federico Peluso – 6: Signed in January, Peluso did well to recover after a disastrous start to life in Turin. The versatile defender has filled in whenever necessary and without too much fuss. His assist to Matri in the away leg against Celtic remains his main contribution to the Juventus cause.
Kwadwo Asamoah – 7: For a converted defender, Asamoah has been exceptional. His form did dip after the turn of the year but he was still dependable defensively. The Ghanain’s goal in the SuperCoppa Italia against Napoli won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Mauricio Isla – 5.5: A player touted to be one of the signings of the summer, Isla underwent an underwhelming season. He failed to cement a starting spot and obviously lacked match fitness as he still is on the path to full recovery. His place at Juventus is in jeopardy.
Simone Padoin – 6: Solid but not spectacular, Simone Padoin was a useful squad player who stuck to his task throughout the season. He may not catch the eye but he is a player Conte trusts.
Claudio Marchisio – 7.5: Endless energy and tireless running with an effective tactical awareness, Marchisio may not have been as prolific as he was last season but he still showed why he is so vital to Conte’s Juventus set-up.
Arturo Vidal – 9: Is there anything Vidal can’t do? The Chilean has outshone Pirlo and Marchisio and quite emphatically as well this season. His warrior like personality has been the symbolic of this fighting Juventus side. The Chilean was arguably the best player in Serie A as well. You shouldn’t be surprised if he brings world peace soon.
Andrea Pirlo – 8: Pirlo sported a bearded look this season yet his style of play was classic Pirlo. Il Maestro breezed through games with elegance that only he is capable of. Picked out passes, controlled the tempo, in short, it was just another regular campaign for the Juventus talisman.
Paul Pogba – 7.5: You could see why Sir Alex Ferguson was upset at losing Pogba. The Frenchman burst out onto the scene with a stunning volley against Napoli. He hasn’t looked back since. His beaming shots have become his trademark. It’s quite scary the potential that Pogba has in him.
Emanuele Giaccherini – 6: Another favorite of Conte, Giaccherini like Padoin, mostly watched from the bench. He did however, show his full value with a priceless late goal against Catania to seal the three points for Juventus.
Mirko Vucinic – 6.5: The most talented Juventus forward was below par compared to last season. Vucinic is the one of the moodiest strikers around. His inconsistency was maddening, with strokes of genius followed by invisible performances.
Fabio Quagliarella – 6: The man who has an eye for the spectacular rarely conjured special goals this season. An amazing performance against minnows Pescara is his highlight in what could possibly be his last season in the black and white of Juventus.
Alessandro Matri – 6: Scored crucial goals against Celtic and perhaps didn’t start as he many games as he should have, owing to Conte’s striker rotation policy.
Sebastian Giovinco – 6: His return to Juventus was met with optimism and high expectations but sadly, Giovinco did not live up to those standards expected of him. Often out-muscled and bullied, Giovinco’s place in the Juventus squad is definitely questionable.
Nicklas Bendtner – 5: Struggled to make an impact in his limited time. Was on the treatment table for the most part of the season, it is certain that he will return to Arsenal in the summer.
Players like Marco Storari, Rubinho, Simone Pepe and Nicolas Anelka don’t warrant ratings owe to their lack of playing time.