Thursday February 9 2012
Barzagli remains Juve constant

Andrea Barzagli wasn’t rested for last night’s Coppa Italia tie which means he continued his record of playing every minute of Juventus’ campaign so far.

The central defender was expected by some to be given a break against Milan, with Martin Caceres coming into the back-three.

However, boss Antonio Conte decided to use the Uruguayan on the flank and field a defence consisting of Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

The January 2011 signing from Wolfsburg has started in all 21 League games and three Coppa Italia ties so far under Conte. He hasn’t been replaced in any of them.

His closest rivals at the club in terms of appearances this season are Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Pirlo with 22 games each.

The ploy to use Caceres as a wing-back was rewarded given that the January loan arrival from Sevilla scored both goals in the 2-1 win.

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