5 Ways That Juventus Can Improve Next Season If They Are to Challenge in Europe

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5 Ways That Juventus Can Improve Next Season If They Are to Challenge in Europe
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It might not be over until the fat lady sings but Juve's latest victory saw the Old Lady extend their lead at the top of Serie A, singing smugly all the way to what will surely be their third consecutive scudetto

Defeating Fiorentina at the weekenda team who are in fourth and are looking to regain Champions League footballJuve's 1-0 win was symptomatic of their season: Gritty, prosaic but successful.

With just 11 games remaining of the season, their lead over second-place Roma is 14 points. Barring an almighty implosion, the Bianconeri look set to secure their 30th title.

However, when the formalities are complete and Juve are eventually handed the league trophy, there will be one glaring omission on their season record: Their insipid showing in the Champions League.

Granted, they may still gain success in the Europa League. Having been shunted into the continent's corollary competition after failure to qualify from the group stages (they recorded only one win from six games), they have already defeated Trabzonspor and now face familiar foe Fiorentina.

But it lacks the valour and glamour of a Champions League win. It is now 11 years since the all-Italian final between Juventus and AC Milan, when a penalty shootout saw the Milanese overcome the Bianconeri in an anti-climactic tie.

In the 10 finals since, Italian teams have featured on three occasions but have emerged victorious only twice. English teams have featured on seven occasions and been victorious three times. 

The fact that they haven't won the Coppa Italia since 1995 adds to the theory that they need to augment their squad.

But how can Juve step up their success and transfer their domestic superiority onto the continental scale? What dimension are they missing?

Let's take a look at five factors which if assessed, could help the champions compete with other European luminaries. This list has been compiled by looking at Juve's squad and establishing areas of weakness as well as examining recent transfer rumours. 

Football stats procured from WhoScored.comSquawka and Soccerway.

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