Season review of Juventus
A season of ups and downs finally came to an end as Juventus clinchex their seventh consecutive Scudetto after edging out Napoli in the final few weeks of the season and they have not only managed to claim the Serie A title but this Juve side also clinched fourth consecutive Coppa Italia.
‘The Old Lady’ of Turin started off the season with six consecutive wins, however, this was put to bed with a loss against Lazio, at Turin. It was at this point where Juventus looked a bit shaky and Napoli, on the other hand, was just getting better and better but Allegri & Co. remained firm in the Champions League until they faced the defending champions Real Madrid who clearly got better off them. Though Juventus had a rough Champions League exit but the Scudetto and Coppa Italia were something where Juventus were not going to miss out on.
Let’s have a look at some significant points of this season for the Bianconeri.
● Gianluigi Buffon Bids Adieu :
After a long 17-year-old journey that time has arrived where Gianluigi Buffon has to part ways from Juventus. Buffon has always been more than a player for Juventus and he will definitely remain as an idol and role model for all those in Turin and for many others in this world. He has had a huge influence on the history of this side and also on the history of Serie A especially in it’s relatively barren era. One of the key moments of his time at Juventus has to be the time when Juventus were relegated after the Calcipoli scandal and Buffon stayed with the club through their tough time and helped them bounce back into the top flight of Italian football. Although a Champions League medal is the only thing that he misses from his cabinet he will be surely remembered as one of the greatest players to ever play this beautiful game and maybe also the greatest Italian goalie ever, surpassing his club legend Dino Zoff.
● Allegri Sets Up a New Record :
Massimiliano Allegri became the only manager in Europe to win four consecutive domestic doubles. Although it has to be said that this particular season was the toughest one and with Napoli breathing down Juve’s neck things got tougher but in the end, Allegri managed to pull out his tactical tricks and secured the Scudetto. The European dominance is something that this Juventus side is still lacking under the presence of Allegri.
●Another Disappointing end to the Champions League :
After managing a thrilling victory over Tottenham Hotspurs in the Round of 16, it was quite visible that Juventus can outrun Real Madrid in the quarter-finals but it was not the case. Although Juventus showed a lot of character in the second leg of this fixture they were one goal short and were knocked out of the tournament. Time and time again the record Italian champions have shown that they can do well in Europe but they certainly lack something when compared to the likes of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
● Juventus Have Got a Good Set of Young Talent on the Bench :
This season Juventus have suffered with plenty of injury woes but these woes never really reflected their performance on the field as the continued their dominance in the Italian league and this was all possible due to the youthful bench that Juventus posses. Rodrigo Bentancur who was a prominent part of the Juve midfield, Daniele Rugani who played a crucial role in the defence and Federico Bernardeschi who displayed some good performances in the Juve shirt with players were crucial in maintaining the bench strength a champion side requires throughout the season. If these young talents can properly be mended and given required exposure, the Turin outfit will not be in much worry in upcoming years regarding their squad strength.
● Rejuvenation of Douglas Costa :
Douglas Costa the man who was known for his time at Shakhtar and kind of lost his touch during his time at Bayern Munich seems to have got his mojo back at Juventus. Douglas Costa has been miraculous in big games this season and the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan may have been his best trick this season. The Brazilian dominated in the important games of this season with his pulsating dirting runs and dynamic dribbling. His best goal this season has to be the one against AC Milan where the Milan defenders could get nowhere near him and it felt apt that it was Costa who buried the Rossoneri with a stunning strike which helped Juventus to lift the Coppa Italia.
● The Right-Back Problem Still Persists :
The void left by Dani Alves last season has been haunting Juventus for a while now and Juventus have not really been able to fill this void. Although Allegri tried plenty of combinations at that position but none of them really worked out. Juventus had two alternatives for this position one was De Sciglio who never really looked in that position and the other was Stefan Lichtsteiner who was their right back before the arrival of Dani Alves but consistency was something that Lichtsteiner lacked and for most of the season Lichtsteiner was abysmal.
●There Would be Plenty of Changes in the Summer :
Buffon is not the only one who would be leaving Juventus this season, the likes of Asamoah and Stefan Lichtsteiner are also some notable players who would be leaving. Asamoah and Lichtsteiner were fundamentals for their success in the early parts of Allegri’s tenure at Juventus. But Asamoah’s move to their arch rivals Inter Milan would surely be bugging many Juve fans. With the move of Emre Can to Turin confirmed there are reports of Sami Khedira to move away from Juventus and into the Premier League.
● Overall Season Rating: 7.5/10
Although Juventus have managed to clinch another domestic double, fourth in a row, which shows their domestic dominance in Italy but the fans and supporters expect something big from them in European competitions which they have failed to do this season. Few more additions to the squad in the summer and Juventus would be able to outshine the big teams like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.