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Kwadwo Asamoah, the Ghanaian midfielder making the difference for Juventus

Posted On Saturday, 24th November 2012
As Juventus go from strength to strength, Alex Mott explains why Kwadwo Asamoah is the reason behind their dominance this season.

As Juventus go from strength to strength, Alex Mott explains why Kwadwo Asamoah is the reason behind their dominance this season.

The 2011-12 Serie A season was an historic one for Juventus. After the nadir of the Calciopoli scandal in 2006, last term was vindication for six years of ridicule and hard work.

A succession of Coaches have come and gone since then, some good and some bad, but with Antonio Conte in charge, it was hard for Bianconeri fans to remember a time Juve dominated Italian football the way they did for the entirety of that season.

The Turin giants didn’t so much beat sides last term as pulverised them. 4-0 wins over Roma and Novara, plus a 5-0 victory against Fiorentina that confirmed their Scudetto credentials. It wasn’t the high-scoring games that impressed fans and pundits alike though.

What was most unnerving for the rest of the peninsula was the way they could dominate a game for start to finish. Of the 38 matches they played in 2011-12, 17 of them were won by a one or two goal deficit – and not once did they look like losing.

It was hard to see then how they could improve on that monumental campaign, but with 13 Serie A games gone and a Champions League group stage almost complete, it seems they may just have done that with the addition of Kwadwo Asamoah.

The Ghana international joined the club from Udinese over the summer in a co-ownership deal.

The fact that Conte’s side fought off Manchester United tells you a lot about the quality of the 23-year-old, but with his performances so far this term, it could be argued that he is now a lynchpin to the Old Lady.

Alongside Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right-flank, Asamoah has made the left wing-back position his own and turned their 3-5-2 formation into a fluid and free-flowing tactical system.

Fabio Capello called it ‘a step back’ for the Italian game, but as they proved on Tuesday against reigning European champions Chelsea, Juve have turned the formation into an entirely positive one – giving width and defensive stability all at the same time.

Asamoah has been given the task of doing all these things at once, but instead of shrinking in the high-pressure environment of Turin, he has prospered into one of the best wide-men in Europe.

His pace, agility, natural fitness and decision-making have seen him lay on six assists already for his team-mates, and score two goals at Genoa and Pescara.

Replacing Paolo De Ceglie in the position has been a massive positive for the Bianconeri, and has made them genuine contenders at home and abroad.

We’ve seen all too often the difficulty with juggling a domestic and European campaign.

Manchester City haven’t been able to make it out of the group for the past two years, Borussia Dortmund were felled by Arsenal and Marseillelast season. And yet, Juventus are close to doing it, thanks to the extra dimension offered to them by Asamoah.

Fans and media outlets clamour over the majesty of Andrea Pirlo, the warrior heart of Arturo Vidal and the home-grown talents of Claudio Marchisio, and rightly so. But for my money, the person who has really made La VecchiaSignora tick this season has been the youngster from Africa, pounding down the wing.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. juvelee says:

    last year our midfield was really strong but it lacked dimension because we had no decent left sided players, marchisio suffered at times because of this and so did the team, but now we have asamoah the midfied flows like a stream and for anybodys money it is now the best midfield in europe. asamoah has given us what we need and more, we have taken him to our hearts because he shows so much passion and desire in his play he is what juventus is all about and what we have always been about, hopefully we have finally replaced pavel nedved and asamoah will become a true juve legend.. forza kwadwo asamoah forza juve

  2. SANTROFI ANOMAA says:

    KWADWO 6 HI-FIVES TO YOU AND KUDOS TO YOUR TEAM THE SKY IS YOUR LIMIT I HOPE YOU TRANSFORM YOUR PERFORMANCE TO THE GHANA BLACK STARS FOR THE AFCON 2013 IN SOUTH AFRICA.KWADWO KEEP IT UP.

  3. Gyan Kennedy says:

    Ghanaians are hoping to seeing him perform at the afcon in S A

  4. Ansong says:

    He’s always been a good player but the kumasi coach doesn’t know how to use him.That’s we need to get rid of him b4 the world cup.wise up*

  5. sorry but is true. says:

    this ghanaman guy, i dont think u ar a ghanaian by decent cos it does not reflect in u.

  6. Nature says:

    Pls stop refering to our coach as ‘kumasi coach’. It doesnt matter which part of the country he comes from, he is Ghanaian. This act of tribalism must not be entertained in our football. I think that we are yet to see the best of Kwadwo in the black stars bcos over the years, he’s been underutilized not only by Kwasi but our previous coaches. If Kwasi has watched him this season, he would know that the guy is fantastic on the left wing and keeping him there will benefit us unless he has other ideas after all he is the coach. Honestly I suggest that Quincy should be in our team. Apart from Kwadwo, he is arguably the best Ghanaian player in Europe right now. The guy deserves a chance. God bless Ghana and make us great and strong.

  7. kantoose says:

    i dont know what formation will work but I want to see Kwadwo Asamoah, Mubarak Wakaso, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu and Agyemang badu on the pitch at the same damn time. THESE 5 PLAYERS ON THE PITCH AT THE SAME DAMN TIME! WE SHOULD FIGURE OUT HOW IT WILL WORK.

  8. theprince says:

    I DONT KNOW IF OUR COACHES DONT KNOW HOW TO USE THIS BOY OR WHAT.DOING WELL IN HIS CLUB BUT FAIL TO PERFORM FOR HIS COUNTRY

  9. @Ansong,in fact ur comments are becoming boring to read by the day! What’ the meaning of ‘the Kumasi coach,the Kumasi coach’? Ar u one of those that lacks confidence of their own? Anyway if Kwasi Appiah were to leave in Accra wld u be referring to him ‘the Accra coach’? Giv us a break man! Since when did Asamoah start flopping for BS? Way back 2009 after his wonders @ Mali n de records are there to b seen.If u ar one of those idiots that have dislike for the ppl of Ksi n for that matter Ashanti’s den go wash ur dirty face n brain! Idiot!





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