5 Reasons Why Juventus Can Turn Serie A Dominance into Champions League Glory
Juventus are on the verge of a third successive Scudetto.
But manager Antonio Conte will be the first to say there will be a nagging disappointment after this season reaches an end, even if a season where you lift the title should never be considered failure.
Juve badly failed in the Champions League this season, and Conte knows this, which is why he has until this point, snubbed the Europa League.
Juve should win this competition; they were drawn with Benfica in the semi-finals. But if you were to trade that trophy for a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, they would probably accept that and roll the dice in the last 16.
Here are five reasons why next season they will be able to push toward glory in the proper European tournament.
One of the Best, Most Versatile Managers in the Game
Conte is one of the best managers in Europe, which obviously gives Juve a chance of achieving glory in Europe's premier competition.
The Bianconeri have a versatile manager who initially chose a 4-2-4 formation and has since been an advocate of the 3-5-2 system.
Conte probably needs to go back to a 4-4-2 or a version of a 4-3-3 to complete his tactical variety on the European stage that would enable his team to go deep into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The squad is also pretty versatile with plenty of players able to fit into numerous roles across various systems, proving this can be a huge asset to Juve next season.
One of the Elite Strikers in Europe with a Lot to Still Prove
After a magnificent debut season in Serie A, Carlos Tevez is one of the best strikers in Europe—that much is true.
El Apache still has the fire in his belly to match the club's burning hunger to succeed in the Champions League.
Without a goal in this competition since playing for Manchester United, Tevez will be thoroughly motivated for one last hurrah in the best football competition in world football before a probable return to Argentina.
Tevez can spearhead the attack or play a little wider if Conte opts for a 4-3-3 formation, making him the key player in the attack whatever the tactics chosen.
Pirlo's Dead-Ball Accuracy Can Be the Difference in Close Ties
Andrea Pirlo is in fine form and his ability to regularly score free-kicks could be a real weapon for Juventus in knockout ties.
As proven against Fiorentina and Lyon, with Juve admittedly cruising throughout both games against the French side, Pirlo can step up and break the deadlock.
Juve, we know, can keep it tight, and with chances cropping up from set pieces, Juve will not need to push the tempo of the game until the right moment arrives, while still remaining dangerous due to Pirlo's genius.
One of the Best Collection of Centre-Backs in Europe
Juve may have come up short in the Champions League this season, but they have a superb collection of centre-backs to rival any club in Europe.
Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are all formidable defenders, while Martin Caceres proves to be one of the best backup defenders across any squad in the Champions League.
Angelo Ogbonna has a huge amount of potential, too, meaning Conte has the foundation to keep things tight. That means that once they come out of the group stage, the Old Lady can become a serious contender in the knockout phase.
By keeping opposition out and preventing away goals, Juve have the ability to transform into a superb knockout side.
The experience gained in the Europa League will be somewhat beneficial as well, with the Benfica tie in the semi-finals at least as tough as any last-16 tie in the Champions League and potentially as tough as most quarter-final opponents they could eventually meet.
Arguably the Best Trio of Starting Centre-Midfielders
Juventus have superb options in their midfield ranks.
Pirlo is one of the greatest players of all time, while Arturo Vidal, until quite recently, was a candidate for the mantle as one of the most complete centre-midfielders in Europe. A lot of interest has come from Manchester United and Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.
Paul Pogba is an elite prospect and he will kick on to a whole new level, too.
Claudio Marchisio remains a superb player and could substitute any of the aforementioned trio of midfielders, be included in the front three of a 4-3-3 formation or complete a formidable diamond system.