What Juventus Must Do to Complete Their Return to Europe's Elite

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What Juventus Must Do to Complete Their Return to Europe's Elite
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Despite a disappointing end to the year with a 2-0 loss against Napoli in the final of the Coppa Italia, 2011-12 was a fantastic year for Juventus.  Apart from their runner-up cup finish, the Bianconeri went through the 38-game Serie A season without being defeated, reclaiming the scudetto for the first time (officially, anyway) since 2002-03.

While the debate as to whether or not Juve's title count is 28 or 30 will rage on until the Serie A begins anew—and probably beyond—Antonio Conte will begin his second year as the manager of his old team, looking to improve his team as they approach their first trip to the UEFA Champions League since 2009-'10.

The Italian champions have laid the groundwork for a team that can once again be competitive with the world's elite.  They boasted the best defense in Europe this past season, an impressive midfield trio and a dominating possession style.  

But there are flaws on this team, flaws that will sink the team if they remain issues next season.

So how does Conte prepare his outfit for a title defense and a Champions League challenge?  Read on to find out.

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