Juventus: Evaluating How the Bianconeri's Transfer Targets Fulfill Their Needs

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Juventus: Evaluating How the Bianconeri's Transfer Targets Fulfill Their Needs
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Director Giuseppe Marotta (right), President Andrea Agnelli (left) and the rest of Juve's board must give Juve the players to win in Europe as well as Italy.

Last season, Juventus dominated the Serie A for the third consecutive year but faltered in European competition.  A controversial 1-0 loss to Galatasaray sent Juve tumbling from the Champions League to the Europa League.  The Bianconeri then came within a goal of reaching the final of the continent's second-tier competition but couldn't break through Benfica's defense in another controversial match in the semifinal.

Looking back on the 2013-14 season, the makeup of the squad became a major concern.

There was massive quality on the team, particularly in the midfield.  But the players available to Antonio Conte forced him to almost exclusively use a 3-5-2 system.  The setup has dominated Italian competition in the Conte era but has had several crucial weaknesses exposed in European competition.

To succeed in the Champions League Conte needs a squad that can flex between the 3-5-2 and a 4-3-3, which can compensate for the 3-5-2's weaknesses on the wings.  Conte experimented with a 4-3-3 against Real Madrid in the Champions League, but playing it regularly wouldn't have brought out the best in his players.

It falls on club director Giuseppe Marotta and the rest of Juve's front office to identify the best players to give Conte the necessary flexibility to compete both at home and abroad.

How have they done so far?  Let's take a look at Juve's targets to see who fits best.

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