2013-14 SERIE A REVIEW

Rating the 2013-14 Champions

Juventus celebrated an historic hat-trick of Scudetti following a record-breaking season. Luca Cetta rates the victorious Bianconeri squad.

In the end the Championship was won in Sicily, while Juventus watched on television in Turin. Catania’s victory over Roma meant the Bianconeri could celebrate another season of triumph.

Their third consecutive Scudetto was an historic achievement the club craved, as for the first time since the golden era of the 1930s, Juve have gone back-to-back-to-back.

The Old Lady was pushed all the way by the capital club, but Antonio Conte’s men proved the best team in Serie A over the course of the campaign. They finished with a massive 102 points and broke numerous Serie A records.

Gianluigi Buffon: 8

Apps/Goals: 33/0

At 36 he remains Juventus’ undisputed No 1 goalkeeper. A stuttering start, but Buffon is still a match winner and excellent captain for this side.

Marco Storari: 5

Apps/Goals: 6/0

A reliable replacement for Antonio Conte to call upon. Playing time was again limited, but Storari conceded just three times in six Serie A matches.

Rubinho: No rating

Apps/Goals: 1/0

The Brazilian made a token end-of-season appearance in the final game against Cagliari, his spot in the squad clearly defined as the No. 3 choice.

Andrea Barzagli: 8

Apps/Goals: 26/0

‘The Rock’ proved exactly that, even if he missed a chunk of the run-in through injury. Barzagli’s timing and reading of the game is impeccable.

Leonardo Bonucci: 7.5

Apps/Goals: 29/2

In his now customary position at the heart of the three man Bianconeri defence, Bonucci has matured greatly, cutting out costly mistakes from his game.

Martin Caceres: 6.5

Apps/Goals: 17/0

Caceres made more starts this term than in previous seasons, proving an able replacement when summoned by Conte. The Uruguayan’s defensive versatility is a plus.

Giorgio Chiellini: 8

Apps/Goals: 31/3

If Barzagli is a rock, Chiellini is Juve’s bulldozer. The vice-captain led by example with his take-no-prisoners approach and was handy at the other end.

Marco Motta: No rating

Apps/Goals: 2/0

He made two brief appearances from the bench, but was never solidly part of Conte’s plans. Motta completed a loan switch to Genoa in January.

Angelo Ogbonna: 6

Apps/Goals: 16/0

Made the switch across town from Torino and took time to settle. Ogbonna had a decent first season, with the potential for better to come.

Kwadwo Asamoah: 7.5

Apps/Goals: 34/2

Few players made more appearances than the impressive Ghanaian. Asamoah has grown into the wing-back role this term, proving adept both defensively and going forward.

Paolo De Ceglie: No rating

Apps/Goals: 4/0

Game time has decreased steadily in recent seasons until being virtually non-existent this term. Alongside Motta, De Ceglie traded the Bianconeri shirt for the Grifoni.

Mauricio Isla: 4.5

Apps/Goals: 18/0

Isla is slowly showing glimpses of his best form. This season was much better, but still nothing like the swashbuckling Udine flyer of seasons past.

Stephan Lichtsteiner: 7.5

Apps/Goals: 27/2

The Swiss Express has the right mix of grit, determination and ability perfect for a Conte-led team. It was another productive season for the wing-back.

Federico Peluso: 4

Apps/Goals: 9/1

Peluso struggled for minutes with Asamoah impressing out wide. The former Atalanta man was slowed down by injury in the latter part of the campaign.

Claudio Marchisio: 7.5

Apps/Goals: 29/4

A knee injury made for a frustrating opening half of the season, but a first goal in January seemed to free Marchisio. He remains integral.

Simone Padoin: 4

Apps/Goals: 21/1

Never considered a first choice player, nonetheless Conte appreciates the former Atalanta midfielder’s endeavour. Was often fielded late in matches to help retain a lead.

Simone Pepe: No rating

Apps/Goals: 2/0

Pepe has barely played in two years due to various injuries. The winger came off the bench in late season matches against Atalanta and Cagliari.

Andrea Pirlo: 9

Apps/Goals: 30/4

‘The Architect’ remains the heartbeat of this side. His creativity from the base of midfield makes the Bianconeri tick. Pirlo’s assists and free-kicks were memorable.

Paul Pogba: 8.5

Apps/Goals: 36/7

Juve’s young genius proved he’s no one-season wonder. Such are Pogba’s performances, it’s easy to forget he is just 21. The Frenchman is a marvel.

Arturo Vidal: 8.5

Apps/Goals: 32/11

The Chilean is a symbol of this Juve and it is easy to see why. Whether scoring, creating or defending, Vidal does it with panache.

Sebastian Giovinco: 5.5

Apps/Goals: 17/2

Struggled for regular appearances, but improved in 2014. Giovinco turned Juventus Stadium jeers to cheers, winning over the home faithful with dedicated and reliable performances.

Fernando Llorente: 7

Apps/Goals: 34/16

Once the Spaniard found his feet he proved a capable striker and attack partner. Llorente was a threat on the ground and in the air.

Pablo Osvaldo: 3

Apps/Goals: 11/1

The Italo-Argentine arrived from Southampton in January, but made little impact. One League goal and lacklustre performances will now put a permanent move in doubt.

Fabio Quagliarella: 4

Apps/Goals: 17/1

Used mainly from the bench, starting just three times. Clearly down the pecking order, Quagliarella wasn’t able to produce those magical moments in limited time.

Carlos Tevez: 9

Apps/Goals: 34/19

The Argentine is already a crowd favourite following a fine debut campaign. Signed to be the ‘top player’ in attack and was just that throughout.

Mirko Vucinic: 4

Apps/Goals: 12/2

This season will best be remembered for the injuries suffered and bungled Inter move. Vucinic was not the same player once that deal fell through.

Antonio Conte: 9

His aim was to be part of Juventus history alongside three-time winner Carlo Carcano. Conte succeeded, his fervent approach leading this team to near perfection.