Juventus Struggles In Serie A Opener

David TenenbaumContributor IAugust 30, 2010

BARI, ITALY - AUGUST 29:  Fabio Quagliarella (R) of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Bari and Juventus at Stadio San Nicola on August 29, 2010 in Bari, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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The 2009-10 season was a huge disappointment for La Vecchia Signora and her loyal supporters, and something needed to be done to prevent that from happening this season.

This past Summer has seen several transfers in and out of Turin.

Milos Krasic is in, Diego out, Fabio Quagliarella in, Fabio Cannavaro out.

With such a changed squad, many of the Tifosi, myself included, were looking forward to a successful season and a return to the traditional Juventus form, starting with our first game of the new Serie A season, away at Bari.

Unfortunately, we were met with a rude awakening.

Bari played very well and overcame Juventus, 1-0.

Now, I’m definitely not saying that we are going to have another catastrophic season, nor am I saying that this one game will set a precedent for the rest of the year. In fact, this game, while still a loss, has shown that this year's Bianconeri is far ahead of last years, in most areas.

While we are greatly improved in central defense, we still had some trouble with our fullbacks, but I’ll put this one down as "first game of the season jitters."

The midfield, plus wingers, played well, and Krasic's here, he played very well for someone who had signed with the team just days ago and has barely played with the other players.

Felipe Melo, the same man who insulted Juventus fans six months ago after a disgraceful performance in Craven Cottage, at times seemed to justify his transfer last Summer, hopefully he can take his good form from the past few preseason games and hold on to it for the rest of his time in Turin.

Unfortunately, the other winger, Simone Pepe, and the other midfielder, Claudio Marchisio, both played quite badly.

Pepe was horrendous, especially his passing. Luckily for Juventus, we have the youngster Davide Lanzafame, who showed talent after subbing on for Pepe in the 58th minute.

Now back to Marchisio, perhaps it’s the contract negotiations, or perhaps he is having trouble adjusting to the new formation. Whatever it is, it’s affecting his performance, and in a big way. One of our top players last year, he played like the Italian version of Ricardo Clark today, and he was totally at fault for the goal.

Our forwards were not good, but not bad, well maybe a little bad.

Del Piero struggled, mostly due to Bari’s successful marking of Quagliarella, which left him alone to try to create and take chances.

Quagliarella had a bad game as well, but just like Krasic he has just joined the squad, so he may take a few games to settle in.

Juventus currently lacks a dominant forward, Del Piero would be our main man, but he is 35. Quagliarella wouldn’t know consistency if it hit him in the face, and Amauri and Iaquinta are still struggling with fitness.

If Juventus want to be able to truly compete for a top-three spot, or maybe even for the Scudetto, it needs to sign a true dominant, No. 1 forward.

This last day of the transfer period may prove to be crucial, and if rumors are true, then Juve is trying to bring in one of the trio of Adebayor, Boriello, or Pazzini.

I personally would prefer Adebayor, who certainly isn’t happy at Man City, our future Europa League opponents.

Perhaps if we are truly lucky, then the management will somehow pull out a transfer for Robinho, another unhappy Man City striker, but this is highly unlikely.

The most realistic transfer is Boriello, and some Internet reports are already stating that a fee has been agreed. Hopefully, Boriello can score some goals for Juventus, otherwise we are going to have to hope Del Piero can continue pulling the forwards along.

On a final note, I want to bid adieu to the Frenchman David Trezeguet, who left Juventus days ago after 10 years of service to the Bianconeri, Trezeguet.

Good luck wherever you end up David.