Fiorentina vs. Juventus will kick off the 24th round of Serie A fixtures and it’s a fixture that needs no introduction as the latest chapter in a classic Italian clash. This week’s statistical comparison powered by Opta therefore takes a look at the two defenders Davide Astori and Giorgio Chiellini who are both veterans in the Azzurri set-up and defensive leaders for Pioli and Allegri.
In Florence, Astori has always performed at a very high level, holding down a starting spot with 22 appearances this season and 1,980 minutes spent on the pitch. The bond between Chiellini and Juventus is an unbreakable one but some physical issues have limited his playing time to 17 appearances and 1,530 minutes of action in the 2017-18 season. While neither is considered to be a playmaker at the back, the two left-footers do get involved in the play. The Fiorentina man has attempted 1,333 passes with a success rate of 87.8 per cent while the Bianconeri man has attempted 1,224 passes with a success rate of 86.1 per cent.
Both also have similar success rates in individual duels. The former Cagliari man is on 66.7 per cent from 174 episodes while the player who developed at Livorno is on 63.6 per cent from 121 episodes. They’ve won 44 and 40 aerial duels between them. Astori has won the ball back 159 times and 95 Chiellini 95.
In the detailed defensive stats, Astori has 43 interceptions, 16 blocks, 107 clearances and 26 duels won. For Chiellini, he has made 31 interceptions, 12 blocks, 97 clearances and won 12 duels. On the disciplinary front, Pioli’s defender has committed 20 fouls and been booked five times while Allegri’s man has given away 22 fouls and been booked once.
In attack, Astori has scored one league goal while Chiellini has one assist.