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Juventus to challenge Europe's elite

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Juventus have been active in this summer's transfer window by making four signings so far - but can they challenge Europe's elite?

The Italian champions are making a concentrated effort to build a squad capable of making a push to win the Champions League. 

Juventus lost just five games in Serie A last season. They also progressed to the Champions League quarter finals before being knocked out by eventual winners Bayern Munich.

The Italian club have a world class squad and a top manager in Antonio Conte. With a defence containing Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzalgi plus Gianluci Buffon in goal - Juventus do not concede many goals. 

They also have a strong midfield containing the likes of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio. 

Juventus have a solid unit but their strikers have struggled to hit the back of the net. Mirko Vucinic was the club's highest scorer with 10 goals.  

The Italian club have since strengthened their squad with clever acquisitions in the transfer market. They agreed to sign Fernando Llorente on a free from Atletico Bilbao in order to bolster their strike force. Llorente is a strong, tall out and out goalscorer who has scored 85 goals in 262 appearances for his previous club. They have also signed Federico Peluso from Atlanta.

Juventus have also just confirmed the signing of Carlos Tevez for a fee thought to be in the region of £12 million

Tevez scored 73 goals in 138 games for City, helping them to win the title in the 2011/12 season. The Argentine striker is fast, has a high work rate and is a clinical finisher. 

With the acquisitions of Peluso, Tevez and Llorente, Juventus can be a match for any team. 

Tevez has the ability to score 20 goals a season as he did in each of his first two seasons for Manchester City and Llorente can score even more, the Spaniard managed 30 goals in 47 starts in the 2011/12 season for Atletico Bilbao. 

Tevez and Llorente will be an awesome front pairing for Juve. Llorente's aerial ability will give the Italians a new dimension and the duo will score goals for fun with Tevez playing just off the Spaniard.

Juve have a solid defence, an efficient midfield and now a prolific strike force. 

With the arrival of Tevez upfont, Conte now has a squad to match the best of the best in Europe.  

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both vulnerable and all three of England's top teams have new managers which gives Juventus an opportunity to make their mark. 

 

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