The Old Lady have missed out on the Serie A title for 2 consecutive seasons.
After nine consecutive Serie A titles, Juventus witnessed a slump last season as they had to fight to finish in the top 4. With two fourth-place finishes in the last two seasons, Juventus will be eyeing to achieve much more in the new season. Judging by their transfer business, it seems the Old Lady is set to fight for the league title. Juventus has made some big-name signings, strengthening both their midfield and their attack. The gap left in the defense by the departure of De Ligt has also been filled.
As Juventus look to regain the Serie A title after a gap of two years, here is a look at how their starting XI might look like in the upcoming season.
Wojciech Szczesny (Goalkeeper)
Wojciech Szczesny has been Juventus’ first-choice goalkeeper since he joined the club back in 2017. This looks very likely to continue into the next season as well. The Polish International hasn’t given any reasons for Juventus to shop for a new goalkeeper. The former Arsenal shotstopper made 33 league appearances for the Old Lady last season and kept 12 clean sheets. Mattia Perin is likely to be the back-up.
Juan Cuadrado (Right back)
Juan Cuadrado has been part of the Juventus team for a very long time now. Initially joining on loan back in 2015, the Colombian made his move permanent in 2017. Cuadrado can play in a number of positions across the field and was a winger when he started with Juventus. However, he has been deployed as an attacking right-back more recently. Cuadrado made 28 starts for Juventus last season, most of them as a right-back and is likely to occupy the same spot next season.
Gleison Bremer (Centre back)
With the departure of Giorgio Chiellini and De Ligt in this transfer window, Juventus had big boots to fill in the centre-back position. Juventus brought in Gleison Bremer from Torino to replace their two departing centre-backs. The Brazilian had an exceptional 2021-22 season with Torino. Bremr won the Best defender of Serie A award last season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the new signing teaming up with Bonucci in the upcoming season.
Leonardo Bonucci (Centre back)
After De Ligt’s departure to Bayern Munich, Bonucci has lost his main defensive partner from last season. This comes on top of the departure of his long time defensive partner Chiellini. The Italian will have to forge a new understanding with new signing Gleison Bremer. The 35-year-old is still a pivotal part of the team which was solidified by his 22 league starts last season.
Alex Sandro (Left back)
Alex Sandro is most likely to occupy the left back position for Juventus in the upcoming season. The Brazilian, who joined the club back in 2015, has made over 180 league appearances for the Old Lady. Known for his speed and his offensive-minded approach, Sandro made 28 league appearances for Juventus last season.
Manuel Locatelli (Centre midfield)
This will be the second season of Locatelli’s two-year loan move to Juventus. The midfielder was impressive in his first year in Turin as he made 23 league starts for Juventus. He scored three goals and provided four assists. Locatelli’s ability to play as a deep-lying midfielder will allow the necessary freedom to the likes of Paul Pogba.
Paul Pogba (Centre midfield)
One of the big names to come in this transfer window is Paul Pogba. The Frenchmen returns to his former club after six seasons with Manchester United. While Pogba had a good record with Juventus before he departed, he couldn’t live up to the expectations with Manchester United. The 29-year-old is set to miss the opening few games of the season after picking up an injury in pre-season. He is guaranteed to start once he is back from injury.
Adrien Rabiot (Centre midfield)
Rabiot has been a constant presence in the Juventus midfield since his arrival in 2019. He started 28 league matches last season. The Frenchmen is likely to start with his countryman Pogba in the middle of the park next season. At times, Rabiot was also deployed on the wings by Allegri and it would be interesting to see how he deals with that challenge this season.
Angel Di Maria (Right wing)
Another big name to join Juventus this transfer window is that of Angel Di Maria. The Argentine joins the Italian club from PSG. Like Paul Pogba, his too was a free transfer. Di Maria comes to Juventus after a very successful stint at Paris Saint Germain, winning five Ligue 1 titles. He played 295 matches for the French club, scoring 92 goals and providing 112 assists. Much will be expected from the Argentine who comes with a big reputation as Juventus looks to go back to winning league titles in the upcoming season.
Moise Kean (Left wing)
With Federico Chiesa set to miss the beginning of the season, Moise Kean is most likely to start in the left wing for Juventus. Kean is on a two-year loan deal at Juventus and his first season didn’t turn out great. He made 32 appearances in the league, but only had 12 starts. He scored five times and provided once. Kean will have a chance to cement his place in the starting XI if he manages to impress Allegri at the beginning of the season.
Dusan Vlahovic (Striker)
Dusan Vlahovic had an instant impact after joining Juventus earlier this year. The Serb joined from Fiorentina in a deal worth €70m. He has scored 9 goals across all competitions for Juventus since joining in the January transfer window. The striker started 33 league games in total for Juventus and Florentina, scoring 24 goals and providing 3 assists. Undoubtedly, Vlahovic will be one of the first names on the team sheet for Juventus in the upcoming season.