Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted even big clubs like his one can endure bad seasons, and he remains happy with how his team is progressing overall. You can live-bet on the Italian Serie A by using our sportsbook.
Lowest Point Since 2011
When Massimiliano Allegri returned as coach of Juventus following the 2020-21 season, he was supposed to restore glory after the team’s dominance of Serie A was ended in Andrea Pirlo’s single season in charge. Allegri had steered Juventus to five of its nine straight league titles, as well as four consecutive Italian Cup trophies, and also guided the Bianconeri to two Champions League finals. However, Juventus ended the season without a trophy and with its lowest point finish since 2011. Good thing we avoided including Juventus in our soccer picks and parlays last season.
When you’re at Juve, it is normal that there are high expectations, but somehow having a trophy-less season is normal even for a big club. In the meantime, they achieved Champions League qualification, which seems like a poor objective but, in reality, it’s not. It is 11 consecutive years that Juve has taken part in the Champions League and it’s an important result.
Two of Juve’s key players, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini and Argentine striker Paulo Dybala. left the club at the end of the last season. The Italian defender, who spent 17 years with the Old Lady, moved to MLS after signing a contract with LAFC. Manchester United has now been linked with a move for Dybala following the news that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club this summer.
Players Set to Leave Juve
Another key player, Federico Bernardeschi, is set to become the latest Juventus star to exit the club this summer, following on the heels of Dybala and Chiellini. He reportedly is signing with MLS side Toronto FC on a free transfer.
According to reports in Italy, Juventus is contemplating what can be done with Moise Kean. Together, Kean and Alvaro Morata can cost upward of $67 million in transfer fees alone, an amount considered too high for the club’s standards. The Old Lady intends to renegotiate the deals for both players and agree on favorable terms.
Arthur Melo is pondering the possibility of returning to Barcelona this summer, with the Catalans also considering re-signing the Brazilian international. In two years at Juventus, Arthur has played 61 matches, of which only 24 have been starts in Serie A.
After making the switch from Ajax to Juventus as a youngster in 2019, Matthijs de Ligt had the potential to be the best in the world, but it was a bold move for the Netherlands international to make. And despite initial success in Turin, recent seasons have seen the well dry up in relation to trophy-winning for the Old Lady. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are actively vying for de Ligt’s signature. West Ham United is reportedly in the pole position to sign Juventus left-back Luca Pellegrini, who is valued at around $12 million. If you’re betting online, you should wait a couple of rounds of the new season before backing Juventus.
The Old Lady now looks to the 2022 summer transfer window to build on the base established by the important winter deals. Juventus have proven free transfer kings in the past, and are linked again with a number of current free agents who need a home after departing their clubs.
The Bianconeri have added the likes of Manuel Locatelli and Denis Zakaria to their midfield department in the last two transfer windows. They are also poised to re-sign Paul Pogba on a free transfer imminently, having agreed on a deal with the former Manchester United star. Juventus are set to complete a double swoop for Angel Di Maria and Pogba by the end of July
The Juventus summer rebuild could include a move for Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan ahead of the 2022-23 season. The 31-year-old wants a consistent starting spot ahead of the 2022 World Cup, with his rotating role at City a source of frustration. With Alvaro Morata likely heading back to Atletico Madrid after his Juventus loan and Kean not living up to standards, Juventus could look elsewhere for a striker to fill in behind talisman Dusan Vlahovic.
2022-23 Odds and Expectations
The World Cup will disrupt the next campaign, but that doesn’t mean it will be a poor season for the big clubs, including Juventus. The club is working hard to buy the players they need to make it a good campaign and return to winning ways, and the break for the international competition could actually be a good thing. Juventus are the second favorites to win the Serie A title, being priced at +200 with the latest soccer odds. They will host Sassuolo in their season opener and they enter that game as huge favorites at -235.