Road to the scudetto 2003 > Juventisette : a
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This year's celebration is divided into two parts. The
story is composed by George Yong.
For the first time in three seasons, Lo Scudetto wasn't decided
on the final week of Serie A. It was, after all, a spectacular
campaign for Juventus F.C., the best possible way to defend
our status of domestic rulers and champions 72 points, 7 more
than runners-up Inter. Of the 34 league matches played, 21
were victories, 9 were draws and only 4 ended in defeat (Brescia
2 - 0 Juve, Juve 1 - 2 Lazio, Milan 2 - 1 Juve, Reggina 2
- 1 Juve). Our home and away wins were remarkably balanced:
12 home victories and 9 away wins. Together with Inter, La
Vecchia Signora topped the scoring charts with 64 goals; however,
while the nerazzurri conceded 38 goals, Juve only received
29, the least in Serie A this season. Thus, Juventus celebrated
1.88 times and conceded 0.85 goals on average per match. The
highest goal rout occurred on week 16, when our bianconeri
thrashed Reggina 5-0 at home; we managed to score 4 goals
in 3 matches (Torino 0 - 4 Juve, Chievo 1 - 4 Juve and Juve
4 - 3 Chievo), and 3 goals in 4 other matches. Only Lazio
- Juve on matchday 31 ended goalless. Alessandro Del Piero
was the team's capocannoniere after netting 16 goals, 6 of
which were penalty kicks; he was followed by Pavel Nedved
and David Trezeguet with 9 each and Marco Di Vaio with 7.
In total, 16 players scored at some point during the 2002/2003
Serie A campaign. As for attendances, the highest was registered
during Milan 2 - 1 Juve, when 78,871 souls crowded the San
Siro stadium; on the other hand, only 13,000 attended Piacenza
0 - 1 Juve.
Solidity is what best describes Juventus' 2002/2003 Serie
A season. The numbers show that Juve was an extremely balanced
side which didn't overly depend on any player throughout the
34 Serie A encounters; that's why most players in the squad
netted at least 1 goal. For example, victories were still
collected when key players were not on the field: against
Chievo (4 - 3, Nedved and Del Piero were rested), Inter (3
- 0, without Del Piero) and Modena (3 - 1, also without Del
Piero), just to mention some. Therefore, unlike Internazionale
and AC Milan, La Vecchia Signora relied on the team as a whole
rather than on individual stars.
Experience was also important in obtaining the 27th Scudetto.
Juve's squad includes players who have won the trophy 7 times
(Ferrara), 5 times (Del Piero, Conte, Tacchinardi) and on
3 occasions. Ferrara and Conte, in particular, were crucial
components of the squad, as they undoubtedly helped upcoming
stars like Olivera and Paro adjust to the team; in other words,
they led the team into harmony. However, when it comes to
leadership, there are many other players who provided some
much-needed support throughout the entire league, such as
Tacchinardi, Del Piero, Buffon, Montero, Davids and Nedved.
Apart from their evident technical capabilities, they also
possess a legendary characteristic of any successful Juve
Adaptability helped the bianconeri cover well when injuries
threatened to affect the season. Zambrotta's quick evolution
from right wing to left wing and then to left back caused
admiration in the footballing world; Di Vaio moved back from
his usual poaching position to a more creative and attacking
midfield post; and Birindelli improved significantly to become
an option for both the right and left flanks.
Better luck next year
Marcelo Salas: Poor 'Matador' is surely leaving Juve this
summer. His two seasons at Torino were practically spent in
the sidelines. On the meager occasions when he was fit and
was given an opportunity to play, he failed to make an impact.
Nonetheless, Marcelo remains a great player; fast, opportunistic
and powerful. Better luck next year.