Serie A Campionato 2012-13
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Two years of Antonio Conte, two straight Serie A titles. It sure has been a return to prominence for Conte's men. The crew at Black & White & Read All Over takes a look back at the season that was with position-by-position player ratings.
Just like last year, the midfield was the engine that got things done, especially when the forwards forgot how to put the ball in the back of the net. Let's look at how they did.
As the saying goes, great teams are built from the back, and as cliche as it may seem, it is true. The Antonio Conte era Juventus has been built from the back, with the team molded to accommodate an excellent defensive trio and Andrea Pirlo.
Sebastian Giovinco divides opinions as much as any player currently wearing a Juventus jersey. He was a player that came with lofty expectations as he first broke into the squad. Now, at 26 years old, Giovinco is seemingly at a career crossroads.
Juventus "played" a game today. There were players on the field, there were players wearing the Juventus kit, yet they really didn't look like Juventus at all. A 3-2 loss to Sampdoria is how Juve finished their season — even if it ended weeks ago.
One weekend Juventus celebrates winning the Scudetto, the next they get to lift the trophy in front of their hometown faithful. Juventus Stadium will be filled to the rafters as Juve get to lift the Scudetto for the second consecutive year.
One weekend Juventus celebrates winning the Scudetto, the next they get to lift it above their heads and kiss it as many times as they want. It's trophy day in Turin, with Juventus looking to win their 10th straight before lifting Lo Scudetto.
Just because Juventus wrapped up their second straight Scudetto on Sunday didn't mean they'd just thrown in the towel the rest of the season. Alessandro Matri's goal was the difference as Juve won their ninth straight game, 1-0 over Atalanta.
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Sunday's win over Palermo finally brought Juventus what they had wrapped up weeks ago: Their second straight Scudetto. Turin was abuzz and the atmosphere in Juventus Stadium certainly reflected that as the Old Lady officially clinched the title.
Juventus Stadium will be in a festive mood come Sunday afternoon. Why's that? Only the chance that Juve can secure a second consecutive Scudetto. That's a pretty good reason to celebrate. And rumor has it Nicklas Bendtner is bringing the beer.
That Antonio Conte is slightly, just a tiny bit mad is no secret. But is that all? Andrea Pirlo's newly-published autobiography sheds some light on the brilliant mind of the Juventus coach and his leadership behind the scenes.