Juventus: Projecting a Potential Depth Chart for a 4-3-3 in 2014-15

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Juventus: Projecting a Potential Depth Chart for a 4-3-3 in 2014-15
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A tactical shift may give Juventus even more to celebrate next year.

This season was a phenomenal one for Juventus.  The club won their third straight Scudetto—their first three-peat since they won five straight titles in the 1930s—and became the first team to break the 100-point barrier.  In fact, their 102 points set a European record.

Some, however, will point to the team's dual disappointments in Europe as a detriment to the season.  The team's Champions League crash-out was a huge disappointment, and their semifinal loss to Benfica was gut-wrenching.

Such disappointment makes it easy to forget that this team is ahead of schedule in the plan instituted prior to Antonio Conte's first year at the helm.  Still, the team's failings in continental competition are thought of by many fans as glaring blights upon the season.

Many people point to the team's reliance on a 3-5-2 formation as the main culprit of the team's struggles in Europe.  The formation does leave the team vulnerable on the wings, but Conte can't be blamed for using the formation that gets the best out of his players.  The squad he had to work with this season wouldn't have been able to support a formation like the 4-3-3 on a regular basis.

Conte's experimentation with the 4-3-3 in the Champions League against Real Madrid is a sign that he would like to add such a formation to his arsenal.  That's not surprising, given the fact that he started his time at Juve in 2011-12 using the formation before switching to the 3-5-2 midway through the campaign.

Some additions will have to be made to the squad in order for him to use that system reliably, but the team will be able to put out an effective 4-3-3 with only a few tweaks.

How might a 4-3-3 look at Juve next season?  Let's look into the crystal ball and see what the teamsheet may look like.

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