Goals for Juventus to Focus on in 2014
Juventus have ended 2013 in a rather deflated manner.
The Bianconeri crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage with a highly controversial defeat to Galatasaray this week.
Failure to reach the knock-out phase of Europe's elite competition has financial ramifications no matter how far the Old Lady progress in the Europa League, per Andrea Ghislandi of Goal.com.
But it has been a successful year for Juve, who bagged a second successive Scudetto.
Despite entering the festive period on a sour note, Juve have plenty to play for in the new year.
Here are their goals for the next 12 months.
Claim a Third Successive Scudetto (Officially Their 30th)
An obvious goal, and perhaps an obligatory one at that, Juve will be keen to grab a third successive title in 2014.
The Bianconeri have only won three consecutive scudetti on one occasion in their illustrious history.
That was almost 80 years ago, and the title in 2014 will have extra significance.
Despite what Juventini might tell you, a title next year will officially be their 30th in their history.
With that achievement, Juve will secure the third star above the badge on their shirt, which will be a symbolic achievement considering no other Italian side even has two stars on the shirt.
While domestic dominance continues, manager Antonio Conte's job will also remain secure, which is imperative to develop a black-and-white dynasty.
Win the Europa League on Home Turf
Sure, the Europa League is a consolation prize for Juventus, but this year's tournament has added importance.
The final will be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, which gives Conte's side a wonderful opportunity now that they have dropped into Europe's second-rate competition.
Winning the Europa League in front of their home fans would create an historic night in their history and a wonderful occasion for the supporters.
Without a European title for 18 years—if you do not count the UEFA Intertoto Cup—Juve must begin to build a backlog of success in Europe if they are to make a dent in the Champions League knock-out phase.
Juve can use the experience of winning several two-leg ties to make a better stab at the Champions League next season.
Complete the Treble with the Coppa Italia
Despite the gloom of being knocked out at the group stage of the Champions League, Juve have a rare opportunity to complete a historic treble.
The Coppa Italia was a trophy that Juve treated rather seriously in Conte's first season, reaching the final before being beaten by Napoli.
Last season, Conte guided his side deep into the tournament once again, only to be beaten by Lazio at the semi-final stage.
During both years of the Conte reign, the Bianconeri have lost to the eventual winners of the cup.
On the basis of the last two seasons, Juve will treat this competition seriously, and without the distraction of the Champions League, we can expect them to try to make it third-time lucky in the Conte era.
Successfully Add the 4-3-3 Formation to Conte's Tactical Repertoire
As well as the remaining three trophies to play for, Conte has a further challenge to meet on the pitch.
The 3-5-2 has been the main formation since he arrived in Turin two years ago, but Juve are now a little one-dimensional.
If Conte can successfully add the 4-3-3 formation to this side's tactical repertoire, then Juve will be better placed to change up their tactics next season in the Champions League and will surely qualify from the group stage.
The Bianconeri will probably have to add a couple of players in January or the summer, as only Simone Pepe and perhaps Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco—who are all far from assured of remaining at the club beyond this season—can operate in the advanced wide areas.
Juve can become a more formidable side if they are able to adapt to different styles by swapping and changing their formation from game to game.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!