They say that strikers win you matches, but defences win you trophies. This has never been truer when applied to Juventus. This season the Bianconeri’s backline is the best in the land yet again, conceding just 26 goals in 37 league games, but not just this season. This defensive unit has been the strongest in Serie A for each and every campaign since 2011.
When analysing the individual efforts within the record-breaking rearguard, there’s simply no other place to start than club captain Gianluigi Buffon. Aged 39, the Italy goalkeeper continues to defy logic with his non-stop heroics between the sticks.
No matter the opponent, Gigi can be depended on to make that crucial save at the crucial moment. Needless to say, he has caught the eye yet again in Europe too, not least with his hat-trick of world-class blocks in Lyon and an extraordinary clean sheet over two quarter-final legs against Barcelona.