When Juventus return to their training ground, they will find that they will be placed third in the Serie A, trailing Roma by two points and Napoli by goal difference.
Such small margins should not be a queue to panic, especially since Juventus have just dropped two points from seven rounds, however Roma have had a perfect start to their Serie A campaigns, and Juve may as well consider adding to their squad in January if they are to defend their title.
Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Angelo Ogbonna were added to a title winning squad, but with only Carlos Tevez featuring for the first team, the other two have been bench warming, which is not the best role for a player in any division. There are already rumours that Llorente is unsettled and will be off in January.
Conte's squad is of standard size, but he operates within a very small circle of trust, his team sheets do not change very often because he trusts only certain players with playing time.
Even with that factor in mind, it is believed that Juventus will make two acquisitions in the January transfer window to boost their hopes of retaining the Serie A title. These two new signings could be Antoine Griezmann and Kevin De Bruyne. Griezmann, the Frenchman could allow Conte to shift to a 4-3-3 from a 3-5-2, or be a backup to the man who usually plays out wide on the left, Kwadwo Asamoah. De Bruyne, meanwhile, is thought to be unsettled at Chelsea and last month was forced to train with the Under-21s following his removal from the first team.
Following a season long loan at Werder Bremen, where De Bruyne featured in 33 matches, scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga, the 22-year-old has just played 131 minutes of football this season under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and has fallen down the pecking order to the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar, despite being in Marc Wilmots' plans for the Belgian national side.
At Juventus, De Bruyne would still have to contend with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba for playing time, but with Pirlo likely to leave the club in the summer, it would hardly be a stretch to think he’d get frequent game time as a squad rotation player. It would be a bad move to see Pirlo leave, but this looks like the case according to various transfer rumours.
This is assuming that Conte would be willing to rotate his squad.
Holding off the likes of Roma and Napoli this season could provide to be a difficult challenge, as those sides are on form and have been in all competitions, including pre-seasons and their respective European competitions. Conte may be required to open up his circle of trust and let in more players and fill them in on his plans. If he were to bring in Griezmann, he would be unable to play in the Champions League, whereas De Bruyne, if he doesn't feature for Chelsea, could play.
By widening his circle of trust, Conte allows for his regular first team starters to rest and other players to have a go and make a name for themselves, as well as boosting their chance to get a spot in their respective country's World Cup squad, and as squad rotation players, they get minutes, first team players get rest, and implying Juventus keep winning, everyone will be happy.
Juventus could use both players for reasons of simple diversifying the squad, and must bring them into the Italian competition if they are willing to challenge on all fronts this season.
As for Sociedad and Chelsea, losing these players could be a big mistake and would prove crucial to these teams' seasons.
For Juventus, if they bring in these talented midfielders, it could be beneficial for the first team members fitness and their defence of the Scudetto and their attempts to clinch the trophy.
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