How Juventus Starting XI Will Change for the European Comeback

Roma’s heavy defeat against Catania last Sunday has given FC Juventus their 30th Serie A title and the 3rd straight under manager Antonio Conte.

While the Serie A path has always been pretty easy for the Bianconeri in the last few years, next season’s challenge will be becoming competitive in the Champions League. This year’s campaign ended up prematurely as Juve finished 3rd in their Champions League group, behind Real Madrid and Galatasaray.

Following the Champions League fail, the dream of playing and winning the Europe League at the Juventus Stadium has fallen down too, after the elimination by Portuguese champions Benfica, in the semi-finals.

Provided that Antonio Conte will still be the manager for next season, the board at Juventus Stadium is aiming to straighten the club’s position among Europe’s elite. If not winning, Juve need to be at least competitive in next season’s Champions’ League.
To do so, it is believed that Antonio Conte will swap the system, from the winning 3-5-2 to a new 4-3-3, which was tried this season during some matches.

Most of the main clubs in Europe are playing with four defenders, usually a 4-3-3, like Real Madrid, or 4-3-2-1, like Bayern Munchen.

So, who’s going to move position in the pitch and which types of players will Juve need for next season?

With four defenders in front of Gianluigi Buffon, the solid Giorgio Chiellini should move left from central defense, becoming the team’s left back. Chiellini’s performances in the middle of a 4-man defense are not as good, and that’s why he should be moved to the left, where he also played at the beginning of his career with Livorno and Fiorentina. On the other edge of the pitch Swiss midfielder Stephan Lichtsteiner would step back in the defense, playing the same role he had at Lazio. Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are likely to keep their positions as central defenders.

The midfield might not change too much, compared to this season. It’s almost certain that Andre Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio won’t move from Juventus Stadium next season. There are some rumors that suggest Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal may leave the club, bringing in fresh talent.

Pogba has been associated with many top clubs in Europe, especially Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munchen. Juve is asking at least €70m to let the Frenchman go, even if Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta has denied that the 21 year old star will leave Juventus next year.

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