(12 August 2009)
Widely considered the natural heir of former Italy and Juventus great Marco Tardelli, Claudio Marchisio is an elegant midfielder with a strong personality. He is a proud product of Juve's youth system, and has captained Italy at every youth level.
Young guns Mattia Destro, with a brace, and Miralem Pjanic were on target for Roma in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria to keep the Serie A title battle alive with Juventus, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-1 at home.
Juventus, Roma and Napoli hit 11 goals between them to deliver a blow to pursuers Fiorentina and Verona, while AC Milan fell to Sassuolo in a seven-goal thriller with teenager Domenico Berardi scoring four goals.