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Juventus: Under Construction in Serie A

Trophy Strife: Old Lady Comes Up Empty

With no trophies, consistently poor performances and another disappointing Champions League exit, the only consolation for Juventus has been securing the fourth spot in Serie A. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets for the top European soccer leagues. 

Soccer Evolved, Allegri has Not

Gigi Delneri was manager the last time Juventus endured a trophyless campaign over a decade ago. Delneri’s squad finished seventh in the Serie A, was knocked out of the Coppa Italia in the quarterfinals and didn’t make it out of their Europa League group.

Juventus: Under Construction
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When Massimiliano Allegri returned as coach of Juventus last summer, he was supposed to restore glory after the team’s dominance of Serie A was ended. He was widely regarded as an appointment that would provide Juventus with much-needed stability and an opportunity to return to winning ways. Allegri hasn’t quite sunk the Old Lady to such depths this time around, but the sharp traditionalist style this season hasn’t been too far from Delneri’s approach.

A poor start to their season left Juve with way too much to do in the context of the Scudetto, but an admirable recovery saw them comfortably claim a Champions League spot after Dusan Vlahovic was acquired in January. Above all is the regressive mentality he imposes on the team, the negative approach, the lack of authority against any opponent and a playing style that has no fluidity. Juventus have not made any progress under Allegri this season. That’s why, while betting online, we faded them for the most part of the season.

Juventus struggled to play under pressure, they lacked any cohesion in possession and were disjointed in the final third. There wasn’t a distinct plan as to how they were going to win the title with Allegri relying upon individual brilliance. He appears on course to keep his job as Juventus coach despite his predecessors both being shown the door after winning trophies.

Juventus suffered defeat to Inter Milan in both the Supercoppa and Coppa Italia final while tasting another disappointing Champions League exit, losing 4-1 on aggregate to Villarreal in the last 16 of Europe’s most prestigious competition. On the plus side, Allegri won the domestic title on five occasions with Juventus and helped the team play in two Champions League finals. But his negative substitutions this term were partially responsible for Juve’s poor season. 

Summer Transfers

The Bianconeri are looking to reinforce Allegri’s squad for the next season after finishing their first trophyless campaign in 11 years. Angel Di Maria and Ivan Perisic are among their primary targets and are both available as free agents, but according to reports in Italy, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is also in the Old Lady’s sights.

Man United’s Paul Pogba is Juventus’ main target to strengthen the middle line and the Bianconeri will soon meet his agent, who is also the agent of Luca Pellegrini, Moise Kean and Matthijs de Ligt, who are already in Turin. De Ligt’s contract runs out in two years, but he is open to extending his stay at the club by one more season. However, he will only put pen to paper on a new agreement if Juventus lowers his release clause.

Vlahovic was the subject of interest from several clubs before moving to Juventus in the January transfer window. The striker has become one of the finest players in Europe and he was in stunning form during the whole of last year. The striker proved with this development that he is truly at a club he loves now, and that is great news for Allegri. He will definitely be one of the key players and we will continue to include him as anytime goal scorer in our soccer picks and parlays.

Alvaro Morata has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus and the Bianconeri have enjoyed his skills. He is one of the main players in Allegri’s squad, with the coach eyeing to keep working with the Spaniard.

Players Set to Leave Club

Juventus will have a busy summer with several of their players tipped to leave the club. The performances of certain players have been poor in the last three seasons, and changes need to be made to improve that.

Giorgio Chiellini will leave Juventus at the end of the current season. The legendary defender announced his decision after losing the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico against Inter Milan. The defender is pulling the curtain on almost two decades in Turin and will move to the United States as he is set to continue his illustrious career with Los Angeles FC. With Juventus, Chiellini played 560 matches and scored 36 goals. He won nine Serie A titles, one Serie B title, five Italian Supercups and five Italian Cups.

Paulo Dybala will also leave Juventus at the end of the season after negotiations over a new contract went nowhere. Mattia De Sciglio and Arthur Melo are two other players who could leave. The former has an expiring deal while the latter has underperformed and Juve will sell him for the right price. Pellegrini and Kean are also tipped to leave the club. Despite so many changes inside the squad, Juventus are favorites to win the Serie A title next season according to the latest soccer odds.

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