Owning the best midfield in the competiton, could be enough to win Juventus this season's UEFA Champions League. They all but guaranteed their passage to the quarter finals by dismantling Celtic in Glasgow by a comprehensive 3-0 scoreline. The Serie A giants dominance both domestically and in Europe, is keyed by the deepest and most talented midfield in Europe's premier club competition.
They boast the finest triumvate of midfield intelligence and skill, that begins with an old master and extends to a tireless South American dynamo. They both complement perhaps the best attacking midfielder currently plying his trade at the top levels of football.
As he so often does, the ageing, but still effective Andre Pirlo ensures Juventus don't wastes any of their possession. The veteran schemer usually begins Juve counter-attacks with a smart pass that immediately threatens the gap between the opposition's midfield and defence. When he fires those clever passes, Pirlo has an embarrassment of attacking midfield riches to aim for.
In Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, Juventus contain perhaps the best pair of advanced midfielders in the game. Vidal combines seemingly unlimited energy with a natural touch of class. The Chilean is a cerebral passer and offers a dangerous shot from either foot.
Like every member of the Juve midfield, Vidal also excels positionally. He is the most traditional of The Old Lady's midfield trio. Vidal is the box-to-box type who possesses the natural instinct to know when to break forward and when to drop and marhsal the halfway line.
However, few midfielders in World football make better and more intelligent forward runs than the brilliant Marchisio. He is perhaps the best of this illustrious trio. A natural ball-player, with an edge of tenacity, Marchisio is at his best when making a late dart into the opposition box.
His movement is clever and his technique and creative flair near the box, easily expose packed defences. Like Barcelona duo Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Iniesta, Marchisio flourishes the more advanced he is.
The Turin side's quality in the midfield ranks even extends to the bench. Manager Antonio Conte can also call on imposing youngster Paul Pogba. The ex-Manchester United youngster was shamefully wasted by the Red Devils, but is showcasing genuine potential to develop into a world class performer for the reigning Italian champions. Technically assured and with plenty of scoring potential, the 19-year-old also offers the extra element of power that Juve's midfield otherwise lacks.
This level of talent and depth in the key area of the pitch, gives Juventus the platform to win any game. It could also be the combination that lands the club a third European Cup.710234