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Juventus: Champions League contenders?

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With all the hustle and bustle surrounding Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and the other big names, Juventus went under the radar and did their business early in the summer.

Transfers

The Italian champions did not spend a lot this summer, but they added a lot of quality mainly up-front where they lacked.

Carlos Tevez was bought for an initial £10m from Manchester City and Fernando Llorente joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer. Juventus could have easily spent £40m on the attacking pair, who will probably score 40 or more goals this season. Both players are amazing bits of business from Juve.

They also added Angelo Ogbonna- their most expensive buy. The Italian was bought from Torino for £11m and he will add depth to the already very strong defence. Another defender who was bought is Federico Peluso.

The only big name which was sold is Emanuele Giaccherini who joined Sunderland for £6.5m.

Squad

Juventus are entering the season with a very balanced and strong squad.

In the heart of the defence the have Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Ogbonna. Martin Caceres, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Paolo de Ceglie, Marco Motta and Peluso operate at the full-backs. Arguably, this is one of the strongest defences in Europe.

With Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Kwadwo Asamaoh, Mauricio Isla and a few other squad players they have a midfield full of creativity which can also provide a serious goal threat.

New signings Tevez and Llorente will be expected to score the goals which Juventus were missing last season, especially in the quarter-final final against Bayern Munich. Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella will be primarily used as back-up for the attacking star duo.

As you can see the Bianconeri have two, even three, strong options for each position. They can play one team on Saturday in the Serie A and a completely different one in the Champions League on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Juventus have one of the best teams in the world, but unfortunately some of their players are underrated. With a bit of luck Juventus can easily win the Serie A and reach the final in Europe's strongest competition.


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