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The lack of a top forward was the one glaring weakness of the Serie A champions coming into the season.
In the Serie A, the superior quality of the Juve midfield has been able to supply enough goals for their fantastic start, but in the Champions League, this deficiency has come back to haunt them.
Juventus controlled 57 percent of possession in this match and took a mind-boggling 33 shots. Only nine of those shots hit the target. Against a clearly inferior team, that kind of dominance has to be taken advantage of.
For an elite team, Juve's corps of strikers is beyond subpar. Fabio Quagliarella could still turn into leading scorer they need, but he must be given substantially more playing time to do so, even if it comes at the expense of the playing time of Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco.
Those latter two are good complimentary forwards, but they haven't shown that they can be relied on to lead the line. Alessandro Matri showed a flash when he came over from Cagliari two seasons ago, and most fans hoped that he could turn into a top-of-the-line goal poacher in the mold of David Trezeguet, but time has shown that he has too many flaws in his game to do so.
Despite all of Juve's possession Tuesday, he was only able to shoot four times, and only put one of those shots on target before being hauled off for Vucinic.
In January, the bianconeri must augment their strike force. Fernando Llorente's falling out with Atletico Bilbao has now become complete, and if they want any return from him at all, they must sell him. The big Spaniard's preference is to go to Juve, and he his situation will make him available at a cut price for a player of his quality. If Juve is to have a chance at an elite level, they must have him.