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The Juventus 2017/18 squad can produce two unbelievable XI's

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Juventus have won the Scudetto in each of the last six seasons and are the huge favourites to secure another Serie A title.

The Old Lady lost key defender Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan but have brought in a host of exciting new players over the summer.

Juve spent €40m on Fiorentina winger Federico Bernadeschi and also signed up Blaise Matuidi, Juan Cuadrado, Medhi Benatia, Wojciech Szczesny, Mattia De Sciglio, Rodrigo Bentancur, Doglas Costa and Benedikt Howedes.

You can't say the Italian giants are ill-prepared to fight for glory on all fronts.

Without too much effort, we've managed to put together two impressive XI's that would both be considered a top European team.

The first XI

GK: Gianluigi Buffon

Despite his age, the 39-year-old legendary Italian is still widely considered to be one of the finest keepers on the planet.

RB: Stephan Lichtsteiner

The veteran Swiss defender has been the first choice right-back since signing in 2011, bombing up and down the right wing with endless energy.

CB: Giorgio Chiellini

Another old member of the Juventus back-line, Chiellini has been considered one of the best central defenders in the world since joining the club back in 2005.

CB: Daniele Rugani

The young defender has started the 2017/18 season as first choice and could be the man to benefit from Bonucci's shock departure.

LB: Alex Sandro

Wanted by Chelsea over the summer, the highly rated Brazilian left-back chose to stay in Turin following another impressive season.

CM: Sami Khedira

The former Real Madrid man offers a little more cover to the defence but is one of many options for Max Allegri in the heart of midfield.

CM: Claudio Marchisio

A Juventus academy product, the 31-year-old Marchisio has been an integral part of the club throughout their recent years of success. 

RAM: Federico Bernadeschi

Signed for €40m over the summer, the Italian international will add even more fire-power to the formidable Juventus forward line.

CAM: Paulo Dybala

Linked with a move to Barcelona, the Argentine forward is developing into one of the finest footballers on the planet in Serie A.

LAM: Douglas Costa

Bayern Munich may regret letting their skilful winger join their European rivals on loan with an option to buy.

ST: Gonzalo Higuain

The formidable club record signing from Napoli scored 32 goals in his debut season at Juventus last year.

The back up XI

GK: Wojciech Szczesny

Signed for €12m from Arsenal over the summer, the Polish goalkeeper proved himself as one of Serie A's finest goalkeepers whilst on loan at Roma.

RB: Mattia De Sciglio

He's been a regular at AC Milan since breaking into the team as a teenager in 2012 and joined Juve as a back-up to Lichtsteiner in a €12m deal 

CB: Andrea Barzagli

He's part of the school of reliably brilliant Italian central defenders and, at 36, can still do a job at the very highest level.

CB: Medhi Benatia

Previously a star at Roma, the Moroccan central defender flopped at Bayern Munich and joined Juventus on a permanent deal over the summer.

LB: Kwadwo Asamoah

The Ghanaian has been a squad player in Turin since 2012 and brings energy and versatility amongst many other qualities.

CDM: Rodrigo Bentancur

The young Argentina defensive midfielder was wanted by a number of top European clubs but recently made his debut of Juventus in the 4-2 win over Genoa

CM: Blaise Matuidi

Signed from PSG, Matuidi is a fierce central midfielder who brings bags of experience for both club and country.

CM: Miralem Pjanic

The 27-year-old Bosnian superstar is a magician on-the-ball and will likely have a starring role in the 17/18 campaign.

RW: Juan Cuadrado

The Colombian winger has spent the last two seasons on loan from Chelsea but joined the Old Lady on a permanent basis over the summer.

LW: Marko Pjaca

Signed from Dinamo Zagreb in 2016, Pjaca has explosive pace and is able to play anywhere across the attack.

ST: Mario Mandzukic

The 31-year-old Croatian forward is a firm favourite of Max Allegri and often finds himself playing on the left-wing in the coach's system.

Notable mentions

Carlo Pinsoglio, Benedikt Howedes and Stefano Sturaro.

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Paulo Dybala
Football
Gonzalo Higuain
Paul Pogba
Giorgio Chiellini
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