The 5-time Italian champions completed the €90million signing of Argentina goalpoacher Gonzalo Higuain hours ago. With that done, the Old Lady squad has certainly become one of the most fearsome in Europe, and as a search for a Champions League glory after more than 2 decades drought, here is how the Serie A could lineup next season.
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At 38 years of age, the Italian legend is still going strong in-between the sticks, and will be mounting the goalpost next term. Still in search of his first ever Champions League medal, Gigi will particularly focus on putting up impressive performances on the continental level in order to help his side win the European title.
BENATIA – BONUCCI – CHIELLINI
The arrival of Benatia from Bayern Munich is set to disrupt the backline formation and popular lineup, with Barzagli most likely to be the victim of the recent addition to the defence department. Known for his eyes for goals, the new arrival’s ability will make him a better option to the Italian, and he will join the duo of Bonucci and Chiellini to set up unarguably the best rearguard in Italy and Europe. The 5-star defensive, attacking and ball-playing properties of the trio make them almost unbeatable, and European rivals will face an uphill task of finding a way past them, while they remain attacking threat at the same time. Benatia already registered his name on the club’s goalscorer list ahead of the new season with a well-struck goal against Tottenham days ago at the International Champions Cup, it’s a sign of great things to come from the North African star.
ALVES – PJANIC – MARCHISIO – KHEDIRA – EVRA
The aforementioned trio will be supported by Alves and Evra on the flanks, and the 2 will as well contribute to the squad’s frequent movement upfront on the pitch. The 3-time Champions League winner, Alves is set to make his experience in Europe count after arriving from Barcelona last month, and despite heading to his late 30’s, his partner on the left, Evra won’t be relinquishing his starting berth easily to Alex Sandro, another selection headache Allegri will battle all season. A 3-man midfield should consist of Pjanic, Khedira and Marchisio who is set to fill in the vacant space left by the soon-to-depart Paul Pogba. As the Italian will hope to let his performances in the middle of the pitch make light of the French star’s departure, Pjanic will on the other hand hope to be the next Pirlo the club has found hard to replace, while Khedira has a lot to do if he is convince fans he is equal to contributing to the side like Vidal did.
HIGUAIN – DYBALA
The all-Argentina striking partnership upfront will make opposition defences quiver with fear. After emerging as the top 2 highest goal scorers in the league last term, both will combine effectively to put every of the other 19 teams to the sword week in, week out. It is in Europe the club hopes they deliver the goods. Dybala already established himself as a proven striker at such age, and will learn a lot from Higuain who is more experienced and a sort of big-brother to him. The duo will go all out as the club guns for that European glory that is long-awaited. This is the best squad in Italy, and continental rivals will have to be at their perfect best to find a way past them.