After their relegation because of the Calciopoli scandal two seasons ago, Juventus won Serie B. In their first year back in Serie A, Juventus finished third, behind champions Inter and runners-up Roma. Next season, Juventus want to compete.
They have signed Poulsen, who joined fellow Juventus signees Olof Mellberg, 18-year-old Swedish attacking midfielder Albin Ekdal, defender Dario Knezevic, and Brazilian striker Amauri.
Juve have also brought back Sebastian Giovinco and Claudio Marchisio, who were both on loan with Empoli, and bought the other half of defender Paolo De Ceglie's co-owned contract from Siena.
However, Juve manager Claudio Ranieri has told the press that, after signing Poulsen, he has closed the checkbook. The Bianconeri fans are unhappy with Ranieri's moves in the transfer market, and feel that the squad is not good enough to challenge for the Serie A.
The club's fans have critcized the club's signings and tagged them as "rubbish."
Some believe that the signings have left the club's squad trailing behind Inter's magic; Juventus will play in the Champions League next season, and if they are to seriously challenge for the greatest prize in European club football, they should have major stars.
And with Jose Mourinho about to strike three to five deals for major stars, Juventus will undoubtedly trail behind the Milan club in terms of star players, players who are at the peak of their playing career.
Although Ranieri said that he would like to sign Inter's Serbian midfielder, the Old Lady's interest in Dejan Stankovic has clearly cooled since the club's fans held campaigns against signing the ex-Lazio man.
What Juve will do now, is sign a goalkeeper. Rumors suggest that Francisco Antonioli will move to Juventus and be second to Gianluigi Buffon.
The Juventus board and fans want the team to be serious contenders for the Serie A next season:
- Can Juventus challenge in Serie A? Can they be better than Inter, AC Milan and Roma?
- Is Juventus good enough as they are to please the board of the club and their huge universal fanbase?
- Who do you think Juve should buy or should have bought?
- Will Ranieri be able to keep his job until the end of next season?
- Should they have approached Marcello Lippi, Gianluca Zambrotta and Fabio Cannavaro for a return to the club?
- Where are the weak points and the powerful points in the Juve squad?
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