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2018/19 Results: Serie A Champions, Coppa Italia quarter-finalists, Champions League quarter-finalists

Nickname: La Vecchia Signora         Stadium: Allianz Stadium      Capacity: 41,507

 

Star player: Cristiano Ronaldo (£2.64)

 

Signed last summer on a surprise transfer from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping that Juve can make more of an impact in the Champions League this term, despite having secured the Serie A title in 18/19.

The 34-year-old will be all-too-aware that he simply cannot have many more seasons remaining at his peak and so expect to see some even more determined performances from the superstar. His tally of 21 goals in 30 starts during his first campaign in Italy was impressive indeed, but it is in Europe where the Old Lady will need him to shine the most.

Key signing: Matthijs de Ligt (£2.56)

That Matthijs de Ligt has chosen Juve over many suitors across the continent speaks volumes about the club’s plans this season. The 19-year-old had a truly outstanding campaign as former club Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, a factor which led to the centre back becoming one of the most highly coveted players in the transfer market this summer.

The youngster has already spoken about his desire to learn from the likes of veteran Giorgio Chiellini in Turin and confessed that “the Italian school of defending was always the best” in an interview. This, alongside his already accomplished game, should see the Dutchman blossom into one of the greats.

The Coach: Maurizio Sarri

After his campaign with Chelsea saw Maurizio Sarri finishing third in his first ever season in the Premier League and winning the Europa League, he has returned to Italy to take charge of former rivals Juventus. This term, we will certainly see a move away from the pragmatic, functional and often dull style of his predecessor Max Allegri as Sarri attempts to instill his philosophy with this talented group.

While supporters will undoubtedly be more entertained, the big question is whether the former Napoli boss can replicate the winning formula that has seen the Old Lady triumphant in the last eight consecutive league campaigns. The task for the Coach does not end there either. Juve are desperate to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time since 1996, and have taken a leap of faith with the new boss with the results of that gamble still unknown.

2019/20 Target: 1st

After an eight year winning streak, Juve could be forgiven for allowing this season to be one of transition in Serie A, while at the same time placing all their focus on Europe. Rivals Inter have become much stronger with the appointment of Antonio Conte, and so it may be wise for them to shift their priorities towards Europe. Sarri proved with Chelsea that winning a major competition is not beyond his grasp, and the Bianconeri would be forever grateful to him if he could break that 24 year deadlock in May 2020 when the final comes around once again.

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About Author

Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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