Is Juventus's stranglehold on Serie A set to be challenged?

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For the past four seasons the Serie A has been dominated by one team, Juventus. Brutal domestic efficiency has seen Italy's most successful side become almost untouchable at times and in 2011/12 they achieved the unthinkable by going an entire 38 game season unbeaten.

That unbeaten run eventually ended on 49 games at the hands of rivals Inter Milan but that didn't deter the 'Old Lady' as their domination of Italian football continued for many a season after - up until now really.

2014/15 was undoubtedly one of Juve's finest campaign in their illustrious history, a domestic double and a hugely promising European crusade which was only halted by Luis Enrique's irresistible Barcelona side.


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However, the jury is out as to whether this era of success will continue for Juventus, the summer transfer window so far has seen other Italian teams strengthen while Juve have seen a lot of old faces depart and have had to bring in an array of replacements.

So far this summer Juve have lost players who were key catalysts in there hugely successful 2014/15. Midfield metronome Andrea Pirlo has left for the MLS, while main goal scoring threat Carlos Tevez has departed for his homeland and the hugely influential Arturo Vidal has moved to Bayern Munich.

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Squad turnover

Quite simply three of the most crucial players in Juve's system have departed the club, so how can Juve be expected to achieve the high standards set last season?

While replacements have been brought in with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Sami Khedira these players may struggle to replicate the success of last season, especially considering Dybala's lack of experience at the highest level.

Khedira has also been ruled out for the first two months of the season with a thigh injury which leaves what was a very strong midfield rather bare in comparison.

Paul Pogba's future is also still up for debate which may affect his performances mentally next season and the general squad turnover could cause some disruption within the camp.

Other teams strengthening

Elsewhere across Serie A Juve's rivals are strengthening their squads with very few key players actually departing their rivals as well.

Roma have tied midfielder Radja Nainggolan with a new contract and are set to announce the captures of both Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko. With the current state of the Juve squad Roma could have a real chance of finally winning the Scudetto once again, their squad is looking pretty impressive now.

Both Milan clubs have added a host of new signings to their rosters who are expected to elevate both clubs while Lazio and Napoli have both managed to keep hold of their star names thus far whilst both adding a few new players. Pepe Reina being a very positive signing for Napoli.

It is a worrying trend that Juventus seem to be the only club in Italy who have lost star players so far in this window and while there squad is still full of talent, the other clubs around them could be catching up.

By no means do I think Juventus will fall from grace and surrender the league title with ease but with a slight rise in Italian football over the past few years they may find the league more competitive and difficult to dominate.

We shall see.

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