Bianconeri will face tougher competition this year as they look to hold on to their crown…
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Following the departure of their influential leader in former coach Antonio Conte, questions marks have been raised over Juventus’ ability to retain their title in the upcoming season.
The Bianconeri have been utterly dominant in Italy over the past three years, but despite still possessing arguably the strongest squad in the league, the absence of Conte should not be underestimated.
Having now taken up the role as Italy Coach, the 45-year-old’s motivational skills, man-management ability and general presence was significant in taking Juve back to the top. Andrea Pirlo spoke glowingly in his book about Conte, and his tactical mind and ferocious passion will be difficult to replace or even replicate.
Nevertheless, that shouldn’t weight heavily on Massimiliano Allegri’s shoulders, as the former AC Milan Coach undoubtedly has a different approach, but it is one that has brought him success despite facing heavy criticism in recent times.
After good work with both Sassuolo and Cagliari, Allegri delivered a Scudetto to the Rossoneri in his first season in charge, and although he perhaps contributed in their downfall thereafter, there were also factors out of his control which did not help his cause.
He will not face those same problems in Turin, and after making peace with Pirlo after his acrimonious departure from Milan, the pair will be integral to the future success of the club.
Many of the same leaders on the pitch remain, with Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio forming the core of the team. In addition, at the time of writing, Juve have also been able to keep hold of Arturo Vidal despite a summer filled with transfer speculation.
The Chilean international forms one third of arguably the best midfield in Europe alongside Pirlo and Paul Pogba, and while Juve have struggled to balance their domestic dominance with progress in Europe, those three will be fundamental if they are to finally enjoy some level of success in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Allegri has added Romulo, Kingsley Coman, Roberto Pereyra, Patrice Evra and Alvaro Morata to the squad this summer, and as a result the Turin giants have a deep and highly talented squad as always.
Ultimately, this is still Juventus’ title to lose despite the impressive nature of Roma’s work this summer. While there is a possibility of some initial weaknesses in the Allegri era, they are still the team to beat and will not be in any mood to relinquish their title.
Key Player This Season: Carlos Tevez.
Most Impressive Transfer This Summer: Alvaro Morata.
Prediction: Serie A – 2nd.