Juve's biggest weakness throughout the entire year was the lack of a world-class striker.
Juve's goal-scoring was by committee last year, with a whopping 20 players scoring at least one goal in Serie A and five players scoring in the five matches of the Coppa Italia. Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio, and Mirko Vucinic were the year's joint top scorers with 10 goals apiece.
But for all these goalscorers, the Bianconeri lacked a killer instinct in front of goal—something that cost them in matches such as February's goalless draw against Siena or March's 1-1 draw against Chievo.
They took 20 shots in each match and controlled possession but only managed seven and five shots on goal respectively, dropping points to teams that they should have beaten.
Juve were second in the Serie A with 68 goals scored, but their inability to score during the fallow period in February and March that saw them garner only one win and six draws in seven games was the difference between the nervy finish they endured at the end of the season and the possibility of wrapping up the title several games sooner than they did.
The lack of a top-level striker is a weakness that the Champions League will not forgive. Having midfielders occupying three of the top five positions in your list of top scorers is just not a good sign.
Matri, while an immensely talented poacher, completely fell off the map after he equalized Juve's 1-1 draw with AC Milan at the San Siro on February 25, starting only once and not scoring again the rest of the season.
Vucinic is a talented winger but is maddeningly inconsistent and can show an amazing capacity for selfishness. Matri could have put Juve ahead late in the Chievo match, but rather than play him in, Vucinic kept going with the ball himself before being dispossessed by Michael Bradley.
Neither of these players can lead a Champions League-caliber front line.
After Juve gave up on the Robin van Persie sweepstakes after the Dutchman's wage demands proved too high, the two best options seem to be Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain (pictured) and Manchester City's Edin Dzeko.
Higuain's camp has sent mixed signals as to whether he will leave the Bernabeu, and he is also a target of Champions League winners Chelsea. Dzeko seems more certain to leave Eastlands, as his time in the starting XI was limited this year and looks to be even more so next year as City chases van Persie.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez is another possible target, as is highly touted youngster Leandro Damiao of Brazilian side Internacional, who has drawn comparisons to Ronaldo and has said that despite interest from Real, Juventus are his first choice.
There is also the possibility of Sebastian Giovinco—still co-owned by Juve—will return next season after two years at Parma.
My belief is that Damiao, who is expected to lead Brazil's forward line at the World Cup in 2014, will make his way to Turin. It depends on his transfer fee whether either Dzeko or Higuain will follow—Juve is rumored to be allotting at least €30 million for a striker move this summer.