5 Things To Know about Juventus

Five things to know about Juventus, the defending Italian

champion:

HAT TRICK

Few would bet against Juventus making it a hat trick of Serie A

titles after dominating Italian football during the past two

seasons. Juventus looks an even more exciting prospect this season

following the signings of forwards Carlos Tevez and Fernando

Llorente, and the team’s 4-0 crushing of Lazio to win the Italian

Supercup was a devastating sign of intent. Juventus managed to deal

well with the added exertions of the Champions League last season

before it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual winner

Bayern Munich, and it will need to do so again this year as its

hunger to win Europe’s most prestigious competition grows.

PAUL POGBA

Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager at the time, was

furious at Paul Pogba for leaving the club to join Juventus last

year. The reasons for his anger became apparent during the season

as Pogba emerged as one of the brightest prospects in world

football. The young Frenchman followed up his impressive club

campaign by captaining France to Under-20 World Cup victory during

the offseason. Pogba shows no sign of letting up. He was brought on

for the injured Claudio Marchisio during the Italian Supercup and

took just 2 minutes, 35 seconds to break the deadlock.

ANTONIO CONTE

Antonio Conte took over the reins at Juventus in 2011 and

immediately steered it to two successive league titles. The

44-year-old coach is swiftly earning a reputation as one of

Europe’s top tacticians. Conte is known for his humility – he is

always quick to give all of the credit to his players – and his

intense hunger for victory has been transmitted to his players,

along with a winning mentality. Carlos Tevez recently compared

Conte to the great former Manchester United manager, Alex

Ferguson.

STELLAR STRIKERS

One criticism of Juventus has often been its perceived lack of

firepower up front, with the team lacking a genuine striker. It has

moved to correct that oversight this season by bringing in Carlos

Tevez from Manchester City and Fernando Llorente on a free transfer

from Athletic Bilbao. Tevez opened his account in the 4-0 Supercup

victory against Lazio, while Llorente has yet to make his official

debut. There will now be stiff competition up front with Montenegro

striker Mirko Vucinic also looking in form.

MONEY MATTERS

Antonio Conte complained several times last season that his

Juventus side could not realistically compete with the top sides in

the Champions League because it did not have the money to splash

around. However, a look at the figures tells a different story, as

Juventus has spent approximately 180 million euros since Conte took

over. Juventus has also not ruled out making a big-name signing

before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2.