Juventus enjoyed a spectacular 2014/15 season under Massimiliano Allegri, where they completed the domestic double of Serie A and Coppa Italia along with reaching the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
It was a dream debut season for Allegri as Italian club football regained some of its lost pride. Inter Milan were the last Azzurri club to win the prestigious Champions League. Since then, no Italian club has even managed to get into the finals of the competition.
Success for Juve
The team's success was much down to their midfield quartet of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio, as well as striker Carlos Tevez.
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Among them only Pogba and Marchisio are at the club presently. Pirlo has left for MLS club New York City FC, while Tevez returned to his homeland Argentina to play for Boca Juniors. Vidal, meanwhile, made a high-profile switch to the Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
All these players formed the core of the Juventus team that had won four back-to-back Serie A titles. Their departures will definitely raise the question as to whether Juve will still remain the most dominant side in Italy.
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Allegri has done some astute business in the transfer market. He captured Sami Khedira from Real Madrid for free but he is likely to be unavailable for about two months due to an injury.
The German was sparingly used in his last season at Real, but although he is not a Vidal-like warrior on the pitch, he is an experienced player who will bring much needed calmness to their midfield. He will also give Pogba the license to move freely around the pitch.
They also signed the promising Brazilian left back Alex Sandro from Porto for a fee around €26million. In the striking department, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala were bought from Atletico Madrid and Palermo respectively.
Of them, Mandzukic is proven material who has scored goals wherever he has played. Dybala, the Argentine, is a young striker who scored 13 league goals last term and is an exciting addition to the squad.
Roberto Pereyra, Neto, Simone Zaza and Alberto Cerri were some other signings made by the Bianconeri.
All these signings are sure to boost the squad after the departure of some of their star players. It will be interesting to see what formation Allegri will deploy as now he has no Pirlo to deliver those accurate long balls and no Vidal to work tirelessly on the pitch.
The new players will certainly take some time to adapt to the philosophy of the manager. If they gel perfectly as a team and perform to their expected level, then we can very well expect to see a Juventus side once again dominating the Italian scene.
Juve fans, do you think your side will continue to be successful at the highest level? Let us know in the comments box below.
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