There was once a group of players who were unable to be a team, in the full sense of the term, including cohesion, unity of purpose, teamwork, common spirit, conviction and awareness of their overall value intended as a direct emanation of a chorus that enhances and multiplies the virtues of its individual components. 

Among them was an air of disappointment and confusion, unhappiness and distrust, especially in the fog of this group was growing a sensitive and polite boy, so kind and noble of mind that he earned the nickname “Prince” by of the people who loved him so much. His performances were rarely live up to his potential, blinding flashes of pure class and long pauses burdened by a feeling of tiredness, perhaps more mental than physical, a few goals of rare beauty not always functional to the attainment of the coveted result: a coil and a “tap in” to cut the output of Julio Cesar to beat the most hated enemies, the first acute recapture of last season at Sampdoria which wasn’t yet dismantled, a drop on the fly of extraordinary beauty in the same stadium that was the scene of the mythical May 5, a imperious bicycle again against Udinese, but sadly end it. Scraps of glory, a sort of  “I would like but can not do it,” to share the anguish of a group who could not find the strength to banish the ghosts of fear and enthusiasm to share. 

In another land, however, celebrated his triumph a group of champions, of a real team, strong, strong enough to have been able to afford to marginalize one of its historical landmarks, ten years beeing it’s undisputed standard-bearer, a large creator of the game and admired and recognized leader. 

Laden with glory, but unhappy that sheltered the role that fate seemed to crop it, looked around and decided to go, willing to make the change while continue his adventure and reaffirm his style and charisma, the ones that earned him a nickname costly and challenging, but very appropriate: the professor. 

It was almost inevitable that the most fertile ground for the revival wishes of the professor to be represented by the very group of players a little out of place, so in need of a safe driving,on and off the field, and his first followers had the appearance of the prince, delighted to become the most devoted student and his most valuable assistant. 

Thus was born, like a fairy tale, a partnership from which Juve expects a lot and already is yielding sweet fruits. In Antonio Conte’s 4-2-4 the “2” set in the middle of the formula that exemplifies the most beloved module to Juventus coach is the sum of the protagonists of our history: prof. Pirlo and the young prince, born Claudio Marchisio. 

And when the tactical set-up changes as a function of the contingent needs of the match the pair of the central midfielders of Juventus midfield remains unchanged, the heart of the team, quality and assurance of balance. 

The benefits due to the inclusion of Andrea are tangible and also confirmed by the statistical evidence offered by the computer. Pirlo was at the top of the successful passes rankings of in the games with Parma (81), Siena (66) and Milan (71), all three won by Juventus, it was not against Bologna (only in fourth place with 47) and Catania (still fourth with 48), games ended in a draw. 

I do not think it is only one case, the quality and effectiveness of the game are directly proportional to the incidence simply quantitative of the professor in the fabric of the game.Marchisio, meanwhile, has returned to express to levels of excellence. Continuous, proactive, retrieves many balls and gets with frequency and dangerously in the penalty area, prototype of the modern and complete midfielder. 

The double cropped to AC Milan at the end of the game is the most striking demonstration of the full awakening of the young prince, lucid and decisive in the most delicate moment of the challenge. 

Pirlo and Marchisio: we will hear you “talk” again and a lot, as with the fourth goal for Parma, for now the supreme icon of their admirable understanding. 

Juve is in good hands. 

by: Carlo Vassotto 
adapted by: Mike Prise