Juventus: How the Bianconeri Might Line Up in the Champions League Next Season

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Juventus: How the Bianconeri Might Line Up in the Champions League Next Season
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Juventus played their first season in the Champions League since 2009-10 this past year, and it has to be considered a success.  Juve overcame three straight draws out of the gate to win a tricky group that included Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea, then dominated Celtic in the Round of 16 before falling victim to the buzz saw that was Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.

The Bianconeri possess one of the best defenses in Europe.  With Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo manning the middle of the park, they may have the best midfield on planet Earth—and they're backed up by 20-year-old phenom Paul Pogba.

The overall rebuilding of the squad from the horror of those back-to-back seventh-place finishes three and four seasons ago, when calciopoli finally caught up to them.  Still, they're easily the class of the Serie A.

But being the class of Serie A and the class of the Champions League are two different things.  For Juve to be both, changes will need to be made.

For the purposes of this article, the scope of the player pool is limited to players currently on the roster or who are confirmed to be full members of the team once the transfer window officially begins.  Rumors that a player might be on his way to Turin aren't good enough to put a player in this side.

So understanding that, how might Juve line up on the continent next season to improve on their performance of 2012-13?  Let's look at the squad and see what they might do.

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