Giorgio Chiellini displayed just why he is regarded as a crucial part of Antonio Conte’s plans during the course of another impeccable campaign on the left-hand side of Serie A’s meanest rearguard.
Despite being sidelined on several occasions through injury, the Pisa-born stopper still managed to amass a total of 24 championship appearances, equating to 2039 minutes on the field of play.
Renowned for his imposing presence in both penalty areas and strong leadership skills, the 28-year-old, encouraged by Conte to play the ball out from the back, also demonstrated his ability to supply an accurate pass, completing 90.4% of his attempted 1409 deliveries to a team-mate.
And despite figuring less than defensive cohorts Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio succeeded in making the most tackles of the entire side, 75, of which 74.7% were completed successfully.
It is in the air, however, where the Azzurri international really imposes his authority, making 98 of his total 148 clearances with his head.
This aerial prowess was also put to good use in the final third. With less than ten minutes on the clock in a heated contest at the San Paolo, Giorgio leapt above the Partenopei rearguard to set Juventus on their way to a vital point in March’s top-of-the-table clash in Naples.
His solitary goal of the 2012/13 Serie A campaign ultimately took the sting out of Napoli’s title challenge and enabled the Bianconeri to gather momentum ahead of a devastating run in.