Read Our Progress Report on Juventus’ Performances for October-November

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Juventus is on a roll at the present moment. Dating back to a late October road loss to Greek giants Olympiakos in the Champions League that jeopardized the team’s chances in Europe, the Bianconeri have reeled off five straight wins. However, the last two victories are the most impressive – Juve pulled out a 3-2 win over the same Olympiakos and thumped Parma 7-0 over the weekend.

The Old Lady sits three points clear of Roma atop the Serie A table and has drastically improved its prospects in the Champions League thanks to the win over the Greek champions.

Best Starting XI

New Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hasn’t tried to reinvent the wheel during his brief time in Turin. The ex-Milan coach has stuck to the 3-5-2 formation (or a slight variation of it, the 3-5-1-1) that worked best for former coach Antonio Conte. After all, the roster is teeming with center-backs and central midfielders, hallmarks of the 3-5-2.

When naming Juve’s best XI, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the first player on the list. The ageless wonder has nine clean sheets in 15 games this season across all competitions. He didn’t allow a goal over the course of the team’s first six games.

The rest of the best 11 features other locks, like Buffon, and some positions where the starting role isn’t set in stone.

Starting with the defense at center-back, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini continue to be two of the world’s best and occupy the center and left center-back positions in the back three. The third center-back position should be occupied by Andrea Barzagli, but the veteran defenseman hasn’t played a game this season due to injury. Angelo Ogbonna and Martin Caceres have filled in for the Italian with mixed results. Caceres played exceptionally well during the first three games of the season, starting and completing every game. But the Uruguayan trailed off during the next three contests, failing to last the full 90 in each. He was ruled out with a thigh injury in early October and hasn’t played since. Ogbonna gets the nod in the best 11 due to his more consistent play and field time.

As for the wing-backs, Stephan Lichtsteiner maintains his spot on the right, while Patrice Evra would be the choice on the left. The Frenchman has received fewer matches than fellow left wing-back/defender Kwadwo Asamoah, but is the more experienced of the two and has outperformed the Ghanaian in the Champions League.

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