Juventus entered the 2013-14 season as dark-horse picks for the Champions League. Such was their status that ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti and Michael Cox both picked them as winners of the competition in September, with James Horncastle picking them as runners-up.
Of course, it didn't turn out that way. Juve struggled to put away both Copenhagen in Denmark and Galatasaray at home and were ultimately knocked out of the competition after a controversial 1-0 loss to Gala on a pitch that was practically unplayable.
The Bianconeri had several critical weaknesses in European competition that ended up being killers for them this season. That, however, is no reason to demote them to the status of an also-ran when next year's competition begins.
The club has more than a few things going for it, and with a few tweaks Juve could become a mighty force to be reckoned with when the Continent's premier competition begins anew in September.
What gives Juve such promise? Let's take a closer look.