20.07.2015 18:00 - in: The team S

    Allegri optimistic on new-look Juve

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    The Tuscan tactician is relishing the prospect of leading a revamped Juventus side into an exciting new era

    Massimiliano Allegri says he is confident his new-look Juventus squad can look forward to a bright future on both domestic and European fronts.

    The winds of change have swept through Turin during the close season and the departures of Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo, coupled with Arturo Vidal’s expected exit, mean supporters will be watching a different Bianconeri side run out for the start of the 2015/16 season.

    Youth has been at the heart of the club’s recruitment policy and the lowering of the squad’s average age, combined with the additions of experienced performers Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira, provides Allegri with plenty of food for thought as he plans for another action-packed campaign.

    Speaking to the media in Vinovo, the 47-year-old began: “The new arrivals possess different characteristics to those who have departed and it’s my job to enable them to best express themselves on the field of play.

    “We’ve brought in some talented youngsters and once the transfer window shuts we’ll have 10 players born between 1991 and 1996. It’s the right way forward to ensure a bright future and planning for this team.”

    One of Allegri’s first tasks is to work on how his revamped side will operate without Andrea Pirlo, who was in Vinovo this morning to bid farewell to his team-mates ahead of his move to New York.

    Paying tribute to the midfielder, the Tuscan tactician continued: “Italian football is losing a talent with qualities that are difficult to find in others. He enjoyed extraordinary success with Juventus and the national team. It was really nice to see him again this morning and bid him farewell before he leaves for his new adventure in America.”

    The challenge of leading his team into a brand new era is one the Juventus manager is relishing, believing the club’s blend of youth and experience will enable the Bianconeri to look forward to a rosy future.

    He did however admit that there remains one final piece of the jigsaw to slot in should the opportunity arise, with an attacking midfielder next on the shopping list.

    “I’m happy with the team that’s being assembled. Tevez, Pirlo and Vidal have all decided to embark on a different challenge and you need to move on. We’ve brought in players with top European experience like Khedira and Mandzukic and the likes of Buffon, Bonucci, Chiellini, Marchisio, Evra and Padoin are still in the dressing room. The youngsters we have can only get better and improve from a leadership point of view.

    “Juventus have the opportunity to excel in Italy for the next four to five years and also build on last season’s success in Europe. As far as further signings are concerned, the club has got its eye out for an attacking midfield player with offensive qualities. We’re assessing our options and requirements.”

    A fifth successive Scudetto, a feat that would equal the record-breaking Quinquennio side ‘s 1935 achievement, remains the club’s primary goal for the upcoming campaign, but Allegri was quick to warn of the reinforced challengers battling to give Juventus a run for their money.

    “Inter and Milan have enjoyed an excellent transfer campaign and I think they’ll be back up there challenging for the title. Roma already have a strong side, while Napoli are bringing in a few new faces and adapting their style of play. I think the Scudetto will be far more open this season.”

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