Juventus 2023/24 season preview: Transfers, expectations and early fixtures

With a European ban meaning they only have domestic matters to focus on, Juventus will be aiming for a top-four finish at the very minimum this season and coach Massimiliano Allegri knows that he needs to deliver.

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After accepting their 10-point punishment for capital gains fraud last season and a ban from European competition this term, Serie A giants Juventus will finally be able to focus solely on events on the pitch in 2023/24, something that under-fire boss Massimiliano Allegri has himself stressed this summer.

With the Bianconeri originally qualifying for the Europa Conference League, few within the club will complain about the temporary absence from Europe, as even with one of their weakest squads for years, fewer fixtures will increase their chances of returning to the Champions League for the 2024/25 season – which Allegri has stated is their “minimum aim”.

Massimiliano Allegri in a press conference. (@juventusfcen)

While the pragmatic and dreary football of coach Allegri often fails to excite spectators. Juventus are still better than many of their Serie A opponents and the 56-year-old has a habit of getting the Old Lady to grind teams down and end most matchdays with three points.

Juventus signings and sales

It has been a quiet summer for the Turin club, with the most significant transfers those leaving the Allianz Stadium. Angel Di Maria found time to win a World Cup midway through the 2022/23 campaign, but was underwhelming during his one year with the Bianconeri and left for Benfica with far less fanfare than he arrived to.

However, although now 35 years old, the exit of Juan Cuadrado to bitter Derby d’Italia rivals Inter will hit Juventus supporters much harder, losing a five-time scudetto winner, who could help guide youngsters like Nicolo Fagioli, Fabio Miretti and others through their formative years.

The Old Lady turned the loans of Arkadiusz Milik and Moise Kean into permanent deals, possibly amid fears that Dusan Vlahovic may yet depart, but the €3m signing of Timothy Weah from Lille was their only other incoming of note. Therefore, Juventus will lean heavily on Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa, in the hope that the pair will finally stay injury free.

Juventus season expectations

Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic celebrates. [@juventusfcen]

Expectations at Juventus are probably at their lowest in over a decade, particularly given the lack of transfer activity to give supporters something to look forward to. However, that will not lessen the pressure on coach Allegri, whose employers will demand that he deliver Champions League qualification, or he may not end the season in Turin.

If the Bianconeri can bring in a few fresh faces to give the team a bit of momentum at the start of the campaign and get the Juventus juggernaut moving, though, the lack of continental action should keep them in the six-or-seven-team race for a top-four finish.

Juventus first six Serie A matches

Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@ACFFiorentinaEN)

The fixture list has been kind to Juventus, with Lazio visiting the Allianz Stadium on Matchday 4 the most significant challenge of the first few weeks. Udinese stunned plenty of sides at the start of last season, but it will be a surprise if the Bianconeri do not leave the Dacia Arena with three points on the opening weekend.

Home advantage against the Biancocelesti, Bologna and Lecce will see Allegri target a minimum of seven points from three games and trips to Sassuolo and Lecce will look winnable. Once those six games are out of the way, though, the Old Lady must face Atalanta and AC Milan away, and the Derby della Mole against Torino.

DateFixture
August 20Udinese vs Juventus
August 27Juventus vs Bologna
September 3Empoli vs Juventus
September 16Juventus vs Lazio
September 23/24 (TBD)Sassuolo vs Juventus
September 26/27 (TBD)Juventus vs Lecce

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