Is Juve the dark horse for the upcoming season after some clever signings?

Juventus have fallen off badly in the past couple of years which has stretched their wait for European glory even further, but their recent signings could be monumental in their path to glory.

Juventus has had eyes on the Champions League for decades, just like any other major European club. But the Italian giants have been the unluckiest of all with their record in Champions League finals. They have lost seven finals, the most by any club so far. The Old Lady is yet to lift the trophy since 1996, when the likes of Antonio Conte, Didier Deschamps and Alessandro Del Piero brought home their second-ever Champions League trophy. 

The Bianconeri reached two finals in the past decade on both occasions, They faced Spanish opponents, who got the better of them by beating them comfortably. Massimiliano Allegri, who left the club in 2019, returned for his second spell at the club in the 2021/22 season. However, things quickly fizzled out between Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, who wanted a move away from Turin. Juve had to overcome their overdependence on Ronaldo since the team was built around him after he arrived in 2018. 

Juve’s struggles were visible since the start as Allegri’s men struggled to fill the gaps left by Ronaldo. Despite the struggles, their new signing Manuel Locatelli, who arrived for a €35m fee from Sassuolo after a brilliant campaign with Italy in Euro 2020, thrived under Allegri’s new system. The team lacked a clinical presence up top, with Alvaro Morata and Moise Kean fluffing plenty of opportunities. Juventus followed their old and successful routine in their pursuit for a striker as soon as the winter transfer window opened by getting a Seria A proven goalscorer to lead the line.

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January Rescue

Dusan Vlahovic, who had been under the radar of many European top clubs after his astonishing numbers of 41 goals in 64 appearances for Fiorentina, rejected Arsenal and agreed to join arch-rivals Juventus for a fee of €70m. The Serbian striker scored within the first minute of his Champions League debut against Villareal, but Unai Emery’s men produced a masterclass in the away leg by beating them by a scoreline of 3-0. Juve’s losing streak continued as they got out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 for the third consecutive season.

After losing out on points in the first half of the season, Juve managed to finish fourth for the second consecutive season since their winning streak of 9 league titles came to an end. With young blood coming in through the ranks and transfers, many veterans will leave the club following Chiellini’s exit. Despite their age, many senior players bring experience and the nerves needed in big games. 

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New Blood joining the Old Lady

Keeping this in mind, Juve has signed two phenomenal players, Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba, on a free transfer. Paul Pogba could work wonders in Seria A after his last successful spell at the club as the pace of this league suits him. Angel Di Maria will bring in the X-factor to this team. The Argentinian has been a big game player throughout his career, and with Juve’s struggles in the Champions League, this signing would be the game changer. The transfer window is still open, and with De, Ligt leaving, it will be interesting to see who will be Juve’s next signing. Stay tuned at TheSportsWay for more updates.

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