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Sunday May 5 2013
Vidal guides Juve to the title

With Juventus set for another Scudetto success, Alex Mott says the man they have to thank is Arturo Vidal.

Top teams need top strikers. At least that’s what everyone says. Barcelona have proved over the past few weeks that without Lionel Messi, they’re not at the same level. Of course, the Argentine record-breaker is the best in the world, but ask any Manchester United fan who’s won them the League, and they’ll tell you Robin Van Persie. Would Napoli be as dangerous a side without Edinson Cavani? Are Atletico Madrid top three material if Radamel Falcao is out? Goals win you games, and poachers get you points.

How then, are Juventus on the verge of winning back-to-back Scudetti for the first time in a decade? A striking roster that includes Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri and Nicklas Bendtner isn’t the sort that gives defenders nightmares, and yet, the Bianconeri have never looked like ceding their League lead. They’ve been searching for that man for at least 18 months now, but so far he’s been missing from an often blunt attack. Supporters will hope Fernando Llorente, who joins from Athletic Bilbao on a free over the summer, is that 30-goal-a-season-striker, but in the meantime the task of putting the ball in the back of the net has fallen to one player.

Not one Juve man has made double figures, but it’s the player joint-top of the charts with nine that Antonio Conte really has to thank for the saunter to the Scudetto. Arturo Vidal has been exceptional this term and has almost single-handedly carried the Turin giants towards silverware.

Just four more strikes in 2012-13 will see the Chile international become the club’s leading goalscoring midfielder in a single season. Rui Barros has the current record with 12, but with four games to go, and in his current form, who would bet against Vidal beating that?

If last season was the year that Andrea Pirlo came to the fore and showed the world he was the man to lead Juve to title success, then this term it’s been the 25-year-old from Santiago who has been the leading light in midfield and inside the penalty box.

Match-winning performances against Catania in October and more recently against Lazio, Milan and in the derby with Torino have seen the Old Lady surge clear of their nearest rivals and romp to yet another title.

Vidal has teamed vision, passion, technical class and assured finishing to prove himself as one of the best players in Europe – and that’s put him straight in the shop window for some of the biggest clubs on the continent. Bayern Munich are said to be interested. Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move. Real Madrid are also reportedly circling.

The player has insisted that the Juventus Stadium will be his home for a while yet. “I’m happy here,” he told reporters last week. “I’m proud to wear this shirt and I want to continue like this. I’m calm about my future.

“The Coach has helped me a lot. He’s always explained things to me and told me how he wanted me to play. I know the history of Juventus. They were the strongest side a few years ago and I knew we would be that again.

“I have some really strong teammates playing by my side and that is why we have won. There is great harmony on and off the pitch. Juventus have what is needed to take on anybody. We certainly have what is needed to win the Scudetto and Champions League.

“This is the strongest side in Italy. I’m here and I want to stay for some time so that I can continue winning in this shirt.”

With Vidal committed to the cause, and with his peak years just around the corner, Juventus have a player who can guide them to success at home and abroad.

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Have your say...
BOSS: have you read Sir Alex comments when be said he had been learning
From Lippi's Juve in 90s!?..
on the 10th May, 2013 at 10:30am
Can someone asks Boss: German league is better? 30 points difference! ..Tom and Jerry league is competitive? ! Lol.. wot about English league Man U win it 6 months ago!
on the 10th May, 2013 at 10:27am
Juventus success makes some people cry..they can't control it and hide it
..let them bark and juve move forward:) ..if someone tries to stab you from
Behind then you should know that you are leading up front:)..juveeeeeee
on the 10th May, 2013 at 10:22am
BOSS, please read your message before posting it. What do you mean 'nowdays' its just Juve???? Juve finished 7th in two consecutive years, were deprived of their manager for practically 1/2 of the season, had to rely on left overs like Bendtner and Anelka to fill the gaps and have less superstars than Milan, Roma and Inter. Don't talk as if someone just gave them the title. They paid a heavy prie for their success.
on the 8th May, 2013 at 4:14pm
Arturo Vidal has to stay at any coast I would not trade Vidal for any player. He is Juventus in heart and on the pitch. We need one more striker though and ill get Dzeko as he could be a perfect set up man for Illorente and other attacking players. He is tall and deadly in the air has also a very good shot. He is 3 times the player Vucinic is. If we get top players we will be also able to retain top players like Vidal. I hope he finishes in our shirt :)
on the 6th May, 2013 at 7:03pm
Top teams need top strikers? So what Real Madrid got this season? What Falcao get this season? Come on man, even Bendtner got 1 trophy with Juventus. For me, Top teams need a Top Coach like Mr. Allegri :)
on the 6th May, 2013 at 3:59pm
BOSS - Chattin the usual drivle again r u?! why do u even come on here to comment apart from constantly bash Juve and Serie A and italy?! yet PRAISE! the EPL and Utd?! no matter what! Juve should be proud! would u say 3 seasons ago it was ALways juve?! and so wat! u can say for the last 20!!! years in england it will be UTD! and the 20! before that Liverpool! whats ur point?! seriously? ur sure u dont support Utd? or an EPL pundit?

Forza Juve
on the 5th May, 2013 at 11:29pm
Vidal, Pogba and Chiellini must never be sold. Build a row of five seats above the VIP section and find a way to remove the annoying cables in the corners.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 8:37pm
@BOSS, am sorry to say we are mot in the PAST now and what we are witnessing now is great too football. If you want to live in the PAST, get some DVDs and watch Maradona's Napoli or Begomi's Inter Milan.

Bravo King Artur, FORZA JUVE!
on the 5th May, 2013 at 6:08pm
Such a humble and meaningful post of you boss. constantly talking down to anything that has to do with Italian football. Milan have done just as well as juve after New Years. They had a disastrous start but recovered. Juve fully deserved the title but watch your tongue because your way off. Last year Milan was there the entire way. This year not throughout but slowly recovering from losing key players. Congrats juve
on the 5th May, 2013 at 5:48pm
Vidal is good and juve have been good, but lets be honest, juve won the league again because serie a is not a competitive league and has not been competitive for a few years.

Back in the day you could guarantee juve, Milan, inter and Roma wud b the ones fighting for the title every year. Nowadays, it is just juve.

Same with next season, it will b juve. Milan r garbage, inter don't have a clue without jomo, Roma r crap, cavani will leave so forget Napoli, make it 3 in a row 4 juve.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 4:57pm
Vidal is a warrior with silky skills and an eye for goal. This is a rare combination and Juve need to hold onto him.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 4:34pm
If Juventus wants to become one of leader teams in Europe has to retain players like Vidal. Imagine Barcelona putting Messi for sale. It will not happen.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 4:31pm
Congrats Juve. Well deserved !
on the 5th May, 2013 at 4:25pm
there is no down VIDAL is the one of the best midfield in the world at this time,
on the 5th May, 2013 at 4:09pm
I would say its more the red card and penalty ratios given by swayed refeering which guided another title. 10 red cards vs opponents plus a myriad of non penalties have decide this championship and lets not forget third place as well. Pagato
on the 5th May, 2013 at 3:56pm
He's been winning matches for Juve recently. The bianconero attack stinks so he might as well score.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 2:48pm
NOT FOR SALE!

That is all.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 1:22pm

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