Juventus: The Key is Consistency

Just two summers ago, Carlos Tevez joined Juventus hoping to continue adding silverware to his career and to his new club. Two seasons on, he won Serie A twice and reached the Champions League final. One would think that he has no reason to leave yet the loss against Barcelona may have made him lose heart and faith that there is still something for him to win in Italy. In short, he seems to be intent on calling it a day in Europe and returning to his beloved Boca Juniors. The Bianconeri moved faster than their forward and prepared themselves for the new season.

epa04517606 Atletico Madrid's Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the Spanish Liga Primera Division soccer match between Elche and Atletico Madrid at Martinez Valero stadium, in Elche, eastern Spain, 06 December 2014.  EPA/MORELL

While the news continues to circulate about the future of many of Juventus’ players including Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente, the club seem to be on the right course in terms of planning their new season. Massimiliano Allegri feels readier than ever to implement more of his own ideas at Juventus particularly switching to the 4-3-1-2. The signings of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic are a clear sign that the club is aiming to play a faster tempo game. Besides the new duo, the club have Alvaro Morata and they can even get one of Simone Zaza and Domenico Berardi.

Such names in the front-line continue to distinguish Juventus from any of their domestic challengers: Roma are still searching for a striker, Milan are struggling to sign quality players, Lazio might have to sell some of their players while Napoli and Inter lack plenty of depth. Even if Pirlo decides to leave, his replacement has already arrived, Sami Khedira. The German midfielder came on a free transfer from Real Madrid, while he may be different from Pirlo, he’s quite younger and can offer the club extra authority in the midfield with both Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba. Finally, Claudio Marchisio adds to the club’s midfield depth.

The club’s best department, the defense is not expecting to change, Buffon is himself. The Bonucci-Chiellini partnership has been working for a long time and will continue as its supported by Lichsteiner and Evra on the wings. The secret to Juventus’ success is the consistency in their line-ups. The team’s chemistry cannot be matched and their European journey was only stopped at the very end by the world’s best club. The test now for Juventus is their front-line. If both Llorente and Tevez decide to leave, then Mandzukic, Morata and Dybala must step up their game and prove why the Bianconeri deserves to be Italy’s best club.


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