Welcome to my 10th FIFA 12 Player Ratings review article. So far, I've reviewed the "Big Six" of English football (Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal), the two La Liga giants (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona), and Bayern Munich.
The 2010-11 season was not a successful one for the Old Lady.
The club started the season with high hopes of a title run or at least qualification for the Champions League, on the back of a handful of large summer purchases.
However, things did not go as planned. After a strong run to the middle of the season, the team began to perform poorly in the league, slipping from second place down to seventh.
To make the season even more miserable, Juventus failed to emerge from the group stage of the Europa League, drawing all six of their group stage matches. Juventus found no respite in the Coppa Italia either, losing 2-0 to Roma in the Quarterfinals.
Going into this season however, Juventus fans were re-energized by the fact that Juve had signed a new coach, and had underwent an overhaul of their squad, signing no less than 17 new players and selling or loaning 17 players out.
How have all these results and changes in Juventus' squad factored into Juventus' individual player ratings?
Let's find out.
Note: Players rated below 70 are excluded.
GK Gianluigi Buffon, 85
GK Marco Storari, 79
GK Alex Manninger, 75
Gianluigi Buffon has not been at his best for some time now, and was particularly injury prone in 2010-11, but he was always going to retain a high rating in FIFA 12 given the huge emphasis that the game puts on player reputation.
I'd have given him an 84 personally, but he has been in good form for Italy and Juventus this season, so I wouldn't say his 85 is too unfair either.
Marco Storari is one of the best second-choice keepers in the world, and Alex Manninger is arguably the best third-choice keeper in the world, so they both are definitely very deserving of their ratings.
RB Stephan Lichtsteiner, 79
RB Marco Motta, 73
LB Reto Ziegler, 78*
LB Paolo De Ceglie, 76
LB Fabio Grosso, 72
CB Giorgio Chiellini, 84
CB Andrea Barzagli, 79
CB Leonardo Bonucci, 78
CB Fredrick Sorensen, 74
Italian clubs tend to make all sorts of moves that make no sense to me, what with their co-ownerships, blind auctions, etc. But Juventus recently made one move that particularly confused me.
Reto Ziegler, signed this summer from Sampdoria, was loaned out to Turkey's Fenerbahce SK on September 2nd, 2011. No explanation was given (as far as I know), despite him being the best left back in Juventus' squad. It was a truly baffling move that I still cannot understand.
Digressing from that issue, Juventus' full back ratings look very accurate. Paolo De Ceglie has been a poor left back for some time now, and I cannot comprehend why Antonio Conte has decided to give him another shot at being the club's starting left back.
On the opposite flank, Liechtsteiner, signed from Lazio, is a hell of a right back, and has looked excellent this season. Grosso and Motta looked very poor last season for Juventus, and are both deserving of their ratings.
In the center of defense, the ratings also appear to be on point, with the exception of Chiellini's rating, which is lower than it should be. The Italian center back has been widely regarded as one of the best center backs in the world for multiple seasons now, and deserves to be rated at least 85, even if his team has performed poorly.
Bonucci could also use a boost to 79, considering he remains one of the brightest center back talents not only for the Italian national team, but in the whole world. He also made 44 appearances for Juve and earned 10 caps with the Italian NT last season.
CDM Michele Pazienza, 76
CM Arturo Vidal, 83
CM Andrea Pirlo, 83
CM Claudio Marchisio, 81
RM Milos Krasic, 82
RM Simone Pepe, 78
LM Eljero Elia, 79
LM Marcelo Estigarribia, 76
The ratings for Juventus' midfield are just about as accurate for they were for Juventus' defense. There are only a couple minorly contentious ratings.
Pazienza was a key member of a Napoli squad last year that challenged for the title and did well to qualify for the Champions League. He deserves a rating of 78, even though he will likely be used sparingly by Juve this season.
Milos Krasic also deserves a rating increase to 83. Though Milos Krasic faded considerably last season after a very hot start for Juventus, he was Juventus' best player and biggest threat on offense.
Finally, an argument can be made that EA Sports have overrated Andrea Pirlo quite a bit here. Even though he has made a hot start to life with Juventus, Pirlo found himself injured and out of the lineup for huge chunks of the 2010-11 season. Like Buffon, Pirlo likely earned his 83 here on reputation, rather than performance.
LW Emanuele Giaccherini, 77
ST Alessandro Matri, 81
ST Mirko Vucinic, 81
ST Fabio Quagliarella, 80
ST Amauri, 77
ST Luca Toni, 76
CF Alessandro Del Piero, 80
Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic here are both a bit underrated...I would give each at least an 82.
Aside from both of them though, I would argue that Juventus' remaining forwards are all fairly rated.
Overall, Juventus do not look like a very fearsome team in this edit of FIFA. Gianluigi Buffon is the team's highest rated player at 85, and is followed by Giorgio Chiellini at 84. Offensively, the team's highest players are Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, both rated at 83.
Juventus fans should not be too disappointed though. The ratings of the teams' players are all individually very accurate, and as the season progresses, the ratings should rise as stars develop and the team gels together.
Of course, if Conte leads Juventus to another season of failure, this won't happen, but signs are promising that this could be a season of success for Juventus and the Bianconeri faithful.
What do you think of Juventus' ratings on FIFA 12? Too high? Too low? Which player ratings do you specifically agree or disagree with? Make your opinion known in the comments section below.
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