Why Juventus Will Win Serie A Next Season
Serie A is almost over for another season, and many clubs have already turned their attention towards the 2013/14 season.
Juventus will look to win a third successive title, which will be massively significant when you consider that even the FIGC would have to acknowledge that the Bianconeri have won 30 Scudetti—and therefore earn a third star on their shirt.
This would be a feat that the Old Lady have only managed once before, when the Bianconeri won five successive Scudetti in the '30s.
It appears as if there will be a plenty of contenders, though, with Roma's American project continuing to gather pace, Milan now led by Mario Balotelli, Napoli potentially benefiting from a deal for Edinson Cavani, and an Inter side that continues to assemble talent, despite being in transition.
But ultimately, despite the endeavours of those teams looking to catch Juve, I feel that the champions will have too much once again—and here's why.
Quite simply, Juventus have the best group of players right now, and despite the best efforts from the contenders to recruit more talent, the Bianconeri will continue to have an edge here.
Immediately, you think about the club's player of the season, Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is the best box-to-box midfielder in Europe and is complimented with two more world-class midfielders—Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo.
When you consider that Paul Pogba is already putting heat on this elite trio in a bid to win a starting spot, Juve probably have the strongest centre-midfield in Europe.
Away from this key area of strength, it is tricky to pick too many players outside of the Bianconeri who could walk into a Serie A XI. The majority of players in that conversation would probably only be just as good as what Antonio Conte has at his disposal.
On the basis of this season, Juve's main weakness is their attack, and the likes of Edinson Cavani, Stevan Jovetic, Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy, Erik Lamela, Miroslav Klose and Antonio Di Natale, to name a few, would all have a high probability of starting for the Old Lady.
When you add Fernando Llorente, and with another forward on his way, potentially Gonzalo Higuain, as Football Italia suggests, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the the Express mentions, Juve will then be able to offer at least an equivalent, but in most cases a superior option, in every position on the pitch in comparison to the rest of the league.
More Continuity That Their Rivals
Juventus have a team that is settled far more than their rivals, which will ultimately help them to hit the ground running next season.
Antonio Conte will be entering his third season at the club, and the board have fully supported him throughout, combined with players who have bought into his methods and given everything for him on the pitch.
Milan, Napoli, Roma and Inter all appear to have uncertain futures regarding their managers, which will bring an element of uncertainty to each club as we approach the new season.
Moving onto the pitch, Juve will have the most settled group of players of those who are ready to contend for a title.
Over half of the starting lineup that has been together over at least the last two seasons will be back, which will help them through poor spells of form, as their character is undeniably the best in the league.
Any title challengers outside of Turin will have to gamble on their latest project generating momentum immediately. If they don't, Juventus might lead from start to finish once more.
Promising Summer Transfer Market
Juventus have already secured Fernando Llorente from Athletic Club on a free transfer, according to the Guardian.
The capture of the Spaniard is a significant move that will immediately upgrade their front line and provide a different dynamic to their attack.
Antonio Conte recently ramped up the pressure on the board to deliver him more stars, in order to not only capture another Scudetto, but also to mount a more serious bid for Champions League success.
Conte spoke to Spanish newspaper Marca recently, stating that he would like to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez.
With Juve targeting this calibre of player this summer, the rest can forget challenging for the title, as the Old Lady will clearly have the best XI and will be incredibly powerful.
While we hope for a closely fought title race next season, if Juventus can address their attack with some purpose, it will take an monumental effort for anybody else to win the Scudetto.