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There's no getting away from it. After three stellar years under Antonio Conte, Juventus will begin their new Max Allegri era with all eyes focused firmly on them.
The Bianconeri's opening fixture is a relatively easy journey to Chievo Verona, but Allegri needs a convincing performance from his side to get his tenure off to the right start—and to send a clear message to fans and the media, who'll be comparing everything he does to Conte.
At Milan, he had his best players sold out from under him and was constantly undermined by the board. He didn't do a perfect job, either, but he didn't become a bad manager in the last 18 months of his career at the San Siro. Having begun Sassuolo's rise to the top before enjoying more success at Cagliari—where he was voted manager of the year for Serie A in 2008-09—the 47-year-old Tuscan is a capable pair of hands to steer Juve.
He is, however, a coach who tends to get off to slow starts, so it will be interesting to see how much slack—if any—people cut Allegri. In his first season at Milan, they bagged just five points in his first four games before going on a run where they lost just twice and drew once in three months on the way to the Scudetto.
There are several tactical questions still looming, and it remains anyone's guess what formation the new manager will use. The roles of several senior players are also still up for debate, and having been lead for three seasons by a dominant and popular personality, it remains to be seen how Juve's stars will react to Allegri's style and his ideas.