Arturo Vidal is the Key to Juventus’ Success this Season

Arturo Vidal of Juventus (Google Creative Commons)

Arturo Vidal of Juventus (Google Creative Commons)

Arturo Vidal, the 25 year-old Chilean, has been the most important player for Juventus this season, leading the side in goals and the assists. Vidal is considered by many the main man responsible for the club retaining the Scudetto this term.

Vidal plays in the center of the pitch, a crucial area, which when dominated means victories. But playing as a central midfielder doesn’t stop Vidal from offensive his duties, scoring more than strikers Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri, and Sebastian Giovinco in 2012-13.

His athleticism and mindset are key to Juventus’ balance. With Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio also in the midfield, Vidal serves as the box-to-box player who will not hesitate if he has the chance to aim for goal, but also breaks up opposing attacks. Vidal averages a total of 2 shots per game in Serie A, and 2.8 in the Champions League, which has led to 13 goals in both competitions. His offensive skills are not just limited to goals,Vidal averages 53.5 passes a game (versus 78.7 by Pirlo) with a 87.5% success (versus 87.3% by Pirlo). Vidal usually switches between short passes and layoffs.

In the defensive aspect of the game, the Chilean is very important, too. At only 25 years old, he surely has the stamina to balance the team and his football IQ allows him to replace Pirlo when the Italian loses possession. He also likes to tackle, leading the team in doing so with better numbers than both Giorgio Chiellini and Martín Cáceres. The midfielder averages 4.8 tackles per game and 1.9 fouls. The energetic Chilean is key in the center, balancing the team whenever his teammates need him.

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