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With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European clubs fared this term. In this edition we look at Juventus' campaign..

By Brendon Netto

This Season's Stats
                  Serie A: 1st
Champions League: Quarter-finals
Coppa Italia: Semi-finals
Supercoppa Italiana: Winners
Games: 53
Won: 35
Lost: 8
Drawn: 10
Win %: 66.03%
GF: 97
GA: 39
GF ratio: 1.83
GA ratio: 0.74

Serie A


After winning the Serie A last season whilst staying undefeated, Juventus comfortably retained their title this time around. Apart from a brief threat posed by Napoli, it always looked like The Old Lady would hold on to the Scudetto. Once again, their defense was in top form having conceded only 24 goals all season while they managed a good goal scoring tally as well despite their strikers failing to make telling contributions once more.

Of course there were glitches along the way, defeats to Inter Milan and Sampdoria being amongst the notable ones but ultimately, it was another emphatic league win from the Italian giants.


Coppa Italia


Given their form in the league, Juventus' Coppa Italia performance was quite a disappointment. They edged past Cagliari and AC Milan, needing extra-time to defeat the latter. Due to their Champions League tie with Celtic, Juventus fielded a weakened team in the two legs against Lazio and were beaten 3-2 on aggregate.

It was far from a good tournament for the Bianconeri but an acceptable failure in light of protecting their European ambitions. The fans and club officials would have been distraught if they won the Cup at the expense of being eliminated from the Champions League at that stage.


Supercoppa Italiana

Juventus faced Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana at the start of the season. They were made to come from behind twice in normal time which ended with the scores level at 2-2.

However, Goran Pandev and Camilo Zuniga were sent off along with their coach, Walter Mazzarri towards the end of the 90 minutes. Juventus comfortably defeated their depleted opponents 4-2 in after extra-time to lift the cup.

Champions League

Juventus got off to an unconvincing start in the European competition, drawing each of their first three group games, the most disappointing of which was their 1-1 result away to Nordsjaelland. Nevertheless, they recovered well to win their remaining three games and top the group. Their commanding 3-0 win over Chelsea, last year's champions, established them as contenders for the prestigious trophy.

The Italian side comfortably dispatched Celtic in the next round via a 5-0 aggregate score-line. However, they were drawn against an exceptional Bayern Munich side in the quarter-finals, who would go on to win the competition. The Germans stamped their authority over their Italian counterparts by dispatching them via twin 2-0 score-lines in both legs. Juventus barely threatened the Bundesliga outfit as Jupp Heynckes' team displayed their superiority.


Top 3 Players

Arturo Vidal
Stephan Lichtsteiner Andrea Barzagli

The Chilean has been incredibly consistent and never really had a 'bad' game this season. It's no wonder that rumours linking him to other European giants just won't go away. With an average of 4.9 tackles a game, he relentlessly shielded his defense while regularly surging forward to score goals and provide assists - typical of his all-action style. His performance at Stamford Bridge particularly stands out.

The Swiss international has been one of the team's most vital players in defense and attack as well. He provides the necessary width in attack and his successful cross percentage is second to none in Europe. He has the industry to get up and down that right flank and is a difficult man to beat. He's been one of the best wing-backs in Europe and arguably the best in Italy.

The Italian international had another great season and was arguably the best defender in the Serie A this term. Without his organization at the back, Juventus may not have secured the 21 clean sheets they did. He's a defender whose experience is definitely showing in his performances. His form this season may be good enough to defend his 2012 Serie A Defender of the Year award.

Games: 38
Goals: 13
Assists: 10
Games: 31
Goals: 4
Assists: 2
Games: 43
Just 2 defensive errors in 34
Serie A games

Top 5 Matches

1. 4-1 home win vs Roma 29 September 2012:

2. 1-6 away win vs Pescara 10 November 2012:

3. 3-0 home win vs Chelsea 20 November 2012:

4. 1-2 away win vs Inter Milan 30 March 2013:

5. 2-0 home win vs Fiorentina 9 February 2013:

Interesting Facts

  • Juventus conceded more than 2 goals only once this season (1-3 vs Inter).

  • Juventus averaged the most passes per game in the Serie A.
  • Andrea Barzagli completed more passes in the oppositions half than any other defender in the Serie A this season (731).
  • Andrea Pirlo completed the most passes in the league this season (2199).


Kishen Patel:

"I felt that Juventus had a good season overall but there are certain glitches that Conte needs to iron out. They were underdogs in Europe and the lack of a powerful striker really hampered them. Bayern rendered our system obsolete but on the other hand who's wasn't against the Bavarians?

We were a little unlucky with our finishing in the Coppa Italia against Lazio and Conte really needs to bring in a good finisher. Fernando Llorente might lessen the burden but he isn't really the answer after a season-long bench warming role. Overall, a good season for the fans especially because we won the title by a margin of nine points."


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