Just like the Renaissance which marked the transition between medieval and early modern Europe, it can be argued that Italian football is starting to make small cracks in a black crater which has engulfed the beautiful game for the past eight years.
With Juventus’ stellar showing in last season’s Champions League, where they truly bared the Italian flag of revival by reaching last Saturday’s final in Berlin, it would take a brave man to say that Indo-European is not entering a rosier phase.
However, despite coming agonisingly close to delivering Italy with her first Kings of Europe in eight long years of corruption, peril and tyranny, it can be professed that “Italia” is still a few years off from producing art works such as the paintings of Michelangelo which decorate the Sistine Chapel.
Perhaps this is why, Juventus ultimately came up short against a Barcelona side who themselves have dug themselves out of a dark trench to bask in the sublime rays of glory.
Just like some of the most famous Renaissance painters, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli, it is fair to say that Juventus have some of the best artists and grafters that European football has seen of late, but they are still short of producing a Mona Lisa style moment.
Indeed, before Massimiliano Allegri a man who guided Juventus to both Serie A and Coppa Italia glory in his first season at the helm departed with his army of disgruntled performers he told reporters that the Turin based-outfit would be back to take Europe by storm next season.
Such words of optimism looked increasingly bleak when it was reported that Andrea Pirlo, arguably Juventus’ most distinguished performers of late was on his way out of a continent that he taught the meaning of cool for his next adventure in the United States.
Juventus on the brink
However, the Agnelli family who once saw their beloved side sink out of view to Serie B amongst the backdrop of the Calciopoli betting scandal, have made sure that Juventus will be back amongst the big boys of European football next season by giving their permission for Allgeri to sign Sami Khedira from Real Madrid.
If incentives are anything to go by, then this move for arguably one of Germany’s greatest exports is a massive statement to Juventus’ desire to enter a golden era of domestic and European success.
During the past three years, Juventus have created a team based on a careful balance of attacking flare and precise defensive play, with each player as well suited in their roles as a mellow glass of Chianti and a heart plate of Spaghetti Bolognese goes down a treat.
Like the Dutch football team who awed the beautiful game during the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany with their tectonic style of “total football”, Juventus were arguably one of the closest units in world football last season, and it can be said that not even a battering ram could have broken through the sides iron core.
With the effortless Andrea Pirlo, the versatile Arturo Vidal as well as the teams two wind turbines in Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba, Juventus had a diamond midfield who between themselves scored 22 goals and contributed 23 assists during the entirety of the 2014-15 Serie A campaign.
However, with Pirlo almost certain to move to the MLS with just one year remaining on his contract, Juventus have acted fast to secure the services of a world cup winner who despite struggling with knee injuries during his last two seasons at Real Madrid is still a glorious catch.
The Italian Job
With his sturdy frame, hard work-ethic, box to box play and die hard character which has earned him several followers the world over, Khedira who is reported to have rejected Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for the “Italian Job” will make a great introduction to a league which is trying to re-find its feet.
Although the 28 year old who helped guide local side VfB Stuttgart to Bundesliga glory in 2007 might not be as technically gifted and easy on the eye as Pirlo, Khedira will bring a sense of aggression and stability to a side who are just a few sparks away from creating electricity.
With his ability to control the ball within every area of the midfield spectrum and hard work ethic will mean that both Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata will have further chances to inflict damage to a league already injured by Juventus assaults of recent years gone by.
If Khedira was to remain injury free for the majority of next season and if he is able to fill the void left by Pirlo if the Italian leaves the scene, then he could be the man who pushes this bridesmade onto the alter in order to receive the biggest prize in club football.
After all the Champions League is a trophy which even the likes of Da Vinci and Michelangelo would raise a glass of Frascati to.