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Coach: Antonio Conte
The tactical situation at Juventus is curious, as despite their unrivaled dominance in Serie A, they remain unable to progress in the Champions League.
Conte's 3-5-2 works like a charm in domestic games, but for the last two years its failed to make a splash against the best teams in the Champions League.
The coach is aware of this, and as such tried to switch to a 4-3-3 when taking on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. It didn't work, they lost 2-1, and Conte was forced into the Europa League just a few weeks later.
Domestically, though, it remains all smiles; throughout December they barely conceded a goal, as the three-man defence Conte has crafted dominated attack after attack in Serie A.
The Andrea Barzagli-Leonardo Bonucci-Giorgio Chiellini trio is formidable, world-class and provides the backbone of a stellar Italian national team too.
With Andrea Pirlo playing his regal regista role deep in midfield, Conte has had to be very particular about the type of midfielders he places alongside the maestro. They have to be full of energy, willing to run the hard yards and have an element of verticality about them.
Arturo Vidal, the best central midfielder currently playing the game, partners a combination of wunderkind Paul Pogba and Juventino Claudio Marchisio—a luxury pallet for choice.
They find their width through energetic wing-backs, with Stephan Lichtsteiner in particular a valuable, yet understated, asset from the right.
The biggest question mark hanging over from last season was up front: is Mirko Vucinic plus one a world-class strike force, able to break down top teams?
The argument was unfairly concluded when the team lost convincingly to Bayern Munich, but we all know what Jupp Heynckes' side then did to Barcelona just a few weeks later.
Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez arrived in the summer of 2013 to transform this team, and after a sluggish start they've begun clicking in dangerous fashion.
The Old Lady remain favourites for the Scudetto (a third consecutive one!) and will try to win the Europa League, what with the final being held at Juventus Stadium and all.