According to an old saying in Italian football, the best defense wins the league. Since the numbers often confirm that it is correct, this claim is difficult to argue.
During the nine-year winning dynasty of Juve, the club had a surprising number of shirt numbers and conceded only a few goals throughout the season.
A study by ilBianconero revealed the exact number of goals conceded by the Old Lady’s backline over the past ten seasons.
During his first year in office, Antonio Conte brought the Scudetto back to Turin in 2012 with exceptional numbers. The Bianconeri didn’t score much, but only conceded 20 goals and remained unbeaten in 38 Serie A games.
The former coach won two more championship titles in 2013 and 2014 and conceded only 24 and 23 goals respectively.
After Conte’s successful tenure, Massimiliano Allegri took over the club and won five other league titles while largely maintaining the club’s solid backline.
Max conceded 24, 27, 20 and 24 goals in his first four seasons, but there were some cracks in his senior year when Juventus let 30 goals through the net in 2018/19.
And yet the last figure remains a blessing compared to the one his successor cared for. The old lady conceded a whopping 43 goals in Maurizio Sarri’s only season at the club.
While the former Napoli coach managed to defend the Scudetto crown, Andrea Pirlo failed and finished fourth in the table while his side allowed 38 goals.
So the numbers tell a clear story. Juve’s reign of terror was built primarily on a strong defensive unit (which includes not just the defenders, but an entire game system).
In conclusion, Allegri must rebuild the old lady’s high defensive walls in order to regain the Italian throne.