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Forecast on Juventus 2017/18 Season Preview: Strengths & Weaknesses

The Serie A season is by the corner. With the recent recruitment by AC Milan, this season certainly looks to be the most anticipated and open since AC Milan took home the Scudetto back in 2011.

While Juventus remain the favourites once again, it won’t be a straightforward campaign for the Old Lady, with Napoli stronger than ever and AC Milan building an entirely new squad in the summer transfer window.

The Turin giants are searching for their seventh consecutive Scudetto and aiming to go one better in the Champions League after two finals in three seasons.

Here’s how things are shaping up ahead of the new campaign.

1. Last Season

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Juve had a remarkable run in the 2016/17 campaign claiming their six consecutive Serie A title, third straight Coppa Italia title, and once again reaching the final in the Champions League. The Old Lady could just not be stopped on the national stage.

Unfortunately, the season ended in disappointment for Massimiliano Allegri’s men after they suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid. For many, the Bianconeri were tipped as favourites to win Europe’s grand prize, after decimating every team in the group stages and knockout rounds.

In what was supposed to a treble celebration, the last match of the season crushed the dreams of every club member and fan. To make matters even worse, a stampede incident in Torino’s local Piazza San Carlo left many Juve fans injured.

2. Transfers In

International Champions Cup 2017 - AS Roma v Juventus

As always, the Bianconeri have kept themselves active in this summer transfer window, focussing on bolstering squad depth.

Out of all the signings, the most exciting is Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina for £34m. The Italian youngster will look to utilise his talent on the wing and offer extra creativity in attack.

Douglas Costa has also arrived on loan from Bayern Munich, Mattia De Sciglio came from AC Milan, while Wojciech Szczesny is an ideal signing for £10.37m, after the goalkeeper impressed at AS Roma on a season loan last campaign. The 27-year-old will be an experienced replacement for when Gianluigi Buffon’s retirement finally approaches.

Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca Juniors appears another effective signing. The 20-year-old Uruguayan possesses tactical qualities as a central midfielder and his dribbling can cause one or two headaches for opposition defenders.

3. Transfers Out

FC Bayern v AC Milan - 2017 International Champions Cup China

The Leonardo Bonucci transfer saga stole the headlines of Italian newspapers after he agreed to join direct rivals AC Milan for €42m on a five-year contract.

Bonucci didn’t quite get along with manager Massimiliano Allegri, but it will be difficult for the Bianconeri to get over this huge loss and to replace such a world-class centre-back.

Dani Alves, who had an astonishing debut season with the Serie A champions, also departed the Italian club and the entire Serie A league to pursue another adventure in the French Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

4. Strengths

International Champions Cup 2017 - Paris Saint-Germain v Juventus

Juve’s consistent attack might have vanished in the Champions League grand final against Real Madrid, although the club’s top goalscorer last season – Gonzalo Higuain –  will look likely to continue scoring crucial goals.

The 29-year-old Argentine may not be the fastest striker. However, he does have a true poacher’s instinct – making him one of the deadliest forward’s in the league. The striker will hope to continue his connection with Paulo Dybala up front, providing his compatriot stays in Italy and spurns the advances of Barcelona.

5. Weaknesses

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A lack of pace and creativity in Juve’s midfield left them exposed in the Champions League grand final defeat against Real Madrid. Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic provided little actual threat to Los Blancos in the middle of the pitch.

Khedira and Pjanic formed a formidable partnership in the central midfield last season – providing many assists for Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. In doing this, they made the Bianconeri one of the most balanced teams in the Serie A competition.

Khedira’s strength and ability to hold the ball made the team control the tempo of the game. Pjanic’s excellent vision for the ball and crossing techniques created numerous aerial threats in corners and set pieces. However, they both came up short against the class of Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

6. Key Man

International Champions Cup 2017 - AS Roma v Juventus

Claudio Marchisio, now that may seem a surprise. However, the 31-year-old Italian didn’t feature until the second half of last season after being ruled out with a knee injury early last year.

It is likely that the versatile midfielder will be a regular starter for Allegri’s side this campaign. The Italian international has been one of the shining stars in the pre-season – showing how far he has come from the injury.

Il Principino possesses a great vision for the ball, fine dribbling skills, and a deadly strike on goal. Marchisio is a unique central midfielder that can prove pivotal in defence and the attack.

Potential breakout: Rodrigo Bentancur 

7. Predictions

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The pressure has never been higher. The Bianconeri will look to make history once again by aiming to clinch a seventh consecutive Serie A championship. The Coppa Italia will be another title that Juve will try to hold after they managed to win it in the last three years.

However, what remains missing for the Juventus players, staff, and fans is the Champions League title they are desperately waiting for.

Nevertheless, with AC Milan embarking on a huge spending spree in this summer transfer window, could Serie A potentially see a new Scudetto winner? Napoli and AS Roma will be tough challengers, but if Juve can replicate the balance in defence and attack, then they can continue with what they do best and that it is dominating Italian football.

Prediction: 1st 

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