Good news is hard to come by for Juventus following a dreadful defeat in Cardiff.
Bianconeri fans were expecting the treble this year having been arguably the best defensive side in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo illustrated his opinion on the matter netting home two goals in a 4-1 victory. There is a lot of thought behind what exactly happened in the second half. It is suggested that all Juventus fans are currently frustrated, not just because of the loss, but mostly because of the performance.
That leaves the historic Italian club with seven losses in a European Cup final; five Champions League losses in a row dating as far back as 1997. The curse for the Turin giants continues, and most importantly, where do they go from here?
To begin with some positive news, the new logo does have some significance to change the mentality and somewhat alleviate the past. It is a fresh beginning for the club, promoting a North American style logo with two curved J’s alongside one another. Some sports clubs in North America use the first letter of their team name as their logo. For example, Cleveland’s baseball team and the Texas Rangers do this.
In football this is not heard of. Each club has a team crest with the team name and a symbol within it. So, this change may help for the future vision that Juventus desperately need.
Reports at the moment indicate that fullback Dani Alves is heading to Manchester City to reunite with manager Pep Guardiola. The two have previously won a champions league together in 2011 against Manchester United as a part of Barcelona.
This means that Swiss International Stephan Lichsteiner will be in the starting eleven next year, yet Juventus currently lack some depth in that department. Apart from Lichsteiner, Paulo De Ceglie is their next best bet to back him up. The issue is his natural position is left back and he is also left footed. Juventus fans might be concerned about this, given the Swiss right back is in his 30s. Juve should be targeting a young fullback with potential or another defender with Champions League experience. Andrea Conti is rumoured to have agreed terms with AC Milan and the clubs are currently working out a price. Djibril Sidibe from Monaco would be an excellent fit with the club. The Monaco man has great pace, tackling skills and is aggressive when challenging players.
In the middle half of the pitch, Juventus are currently chasing Bayern Munich man Douglas Costa. The Brazilian International is seeking a move away from Munich and Juventus would be a perfect fit. The speed of both Costa and Cuardrado can be deadly on the wings against other oppositions. Costa is versatile as well, as he can play both wing and centre attacking midfield. This allows Allegri with options when Dybala is either on or off the pitch. It allows the gaffer to be creative in the offensive approach, as the 4-2-3-1 formation will work best for Costa.
Juventus have also signed Patrick Shick from Sampdoria. This is both a good signing and a slight concern for the near future. Shick is a good substitute for Gonzalo Higuain when the Argentine forward is in need of rest. The only concern is his lack of experience, and how he will grow as a player to handle certain situations. Higuain has not been able to handle the big stage very well, so how well Patrick Shick pan out for the club?
These few signings, and one more fullback signing would be safe to say Juventus have addressed some of their needs. It is suggested the Bianconeri should not sign too many players. The team have great chemistry already as it is. There is still is a lot of work to be done amongst this talented group, but for next year, it is safe to say that the club can compete for the Champions League once more.
Fans are desperate to see a Champions League victory. Let’s hope that Buffon, the backline and Higuain can learn from their devastating defeat to bring in the best club prize available.
Next season will be Gianluigi Buffon’s last year if Juventus do not win the Champions League. The legendary goalkeeper will also represent Italy for the last time in the World Cup in Russia.