Serie A Special: Top class forward-order of the day

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Rickie Fowler

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Serie A Special: Top class forward-order of the day

Last season, Juventus were dreadful and are trying to forget the unsuccessful campaign.

This season, fans saw the Old Lady feeling young as they started the season very strongly and initial observations forced everyone believe that the Bianconeri is ready for a title assault.

A 3-1 victory at the San Siro against current leaders AC Milan back in October further strengthened the fans’ belief that Juventus may go on to lift the Scudetto.

Any such dreams were shattered though!

The collapse started in November as Juventus started with drawing easily ‘winnable’ games against the likes of Lecce, Cagliari and Bari. December was another forgetful month as the start announced the knocking out of Juventus from the Europa League in the group stages.

The New Year came amidst great hopes from both fans and players. Things didn’t workout once again as Parma and Napoli exploited the seemingly growing short-comings of a Juventus side that is still aiming to become a complete team once again.

Things are going totally ‘not according to plan’ for the Turin giants. One hole is fixed and another hole is exposed on the ceiling.

If Juventus doesn’t qualify for the Champions League this season, it would be an even bigger shambolic disaster to the team than the one that failed so miserably last season.

The Juve fans have been admirably patient enough to see their team perform like a mediocre Serie A side.

There is still so much work to do in order to take Juventus back to the glory days. The new transfer policy was a great step taken by the board. According to the policy, the club will look to bring in young players to the team. It is a very good long-term project and I believe that other European clubs should also take out a leaf from Juve’s book.

However, right now, a long-term project in no way guarantees a Champions League place.

I’m putting more emphasis on the Champions League because it is essential in taking a club forward in many ways. The competition brings money. Even more so, it’s not just the initial money involved. Increasing increments are paid to teams who advance in the tournament.

But most of all, the tournament increases a club’s prestige and increase crowd attendances.

For clubs with a history of trophies and cabinets full of them, qualification to the cash-laden tournament is not a priority. It’s a necessity!

Many people argue that Champions League football is much more competitive than the World Cup and many top European coaches like Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have many a times pointed out that Champions League is bigger than the World Cup.



Furthermore, being in the Champions League increases a clubs’ revenue from television broadcasting and the world’s best talents are automatically attracted towards a club that guarantees top-level football.

However, qualification isn’t an easy for any team. For Juventus, it is even harder after they lost their sole prolific goalscorer of this season Fabio Quagliarella. The Italian is now a long-term injury casualty after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Juventus have so far been very reluctant in buying a top quality striker who can make the side not miss the presence of Quagliarella.

Juventus surprised everyone when they moved away from their transfer policy and brought on an ageing Luca Toni from Genoa.

Not signing a top quality striker by the end of January may well prove calamitous for Juventus if they are really serious about qualifying for the Champions League.

Rumored targets from La Liga; Luis Fabiano and Diego Forlan may not be able to give Juventus years of prolific performances as they are in their early thirties but they can definitely ‘nearly guarantee’ Champions League football.

Juventus are believed to be insisting on bringing Seville striker Fabio only on loan and Uruguay’s World Cup star and player of the tournament in the 2010 World Cup Diego Forlan could cost atleast 14 million Euros.

The quality of the South American duo is unquestionable and they are the real difference for their respective sides.

So isn’t it better to pay money for a readymade star rather than waiting to see how things are going to shape up?

Juve is on 6th in the Serie A table and atleast 6 clubs are fighting for a Champions League place who already have a more potent and better striking department than Juventus.

It’s time for Juventus to search their pockets and whip out some cash before it’s too late.


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