Here is a brief FM20 team guide of the Juventus squad, their club structure, relationship any potential managers will have with the board, expectations and possible tactics any FM manager can use.
About the club
Juventus are a professional football club that ply their trade in the Serie A. Juventus are the most successful team in the Serie A and have won the league title 8 times in a row since 2011.
The club has won 35 official league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, being the record holder for all these competitions; two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups / UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners' Cup, a joint national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and a joint national record of one UEFA Intertoto Cup.
They are also the oldest professional sports club in Italy and have played every season except 1 in the top flight of Italian football.
Juventus are the first and thus far the only club in the world to have a clean sweep of all confederational trophies and the only professional Italian club to have won every ongoing honour available to the first team which is organized by a national federation.
Juventus are the defending champions of Serie A and are the strongest side in the country. Naturally, the board expectations are high, the requirements are;
- Win the Serie A
- Make it to the QF stage of the UEFA Champion’s League
- Reach the final of Italian Cup/Coppa Italia.
There will be no particular demands from the board in terms of how you want to play as long as you achieve the results. The transfer budget when you initially take over should be decent should you want to dip into the market for a few signings.
Juventus have top-notch training facilities and an excellent youth system that will churn out good players every season. They also have a good club structure with the Director of Football responsible for some astute purchases in the market for very low fees.
Squad, Formation and Tactical Style
A vertical tiki-taka style of football suits the Juventus the best, however, a fluid counter-attack will also do the job, especially in tough away games for the club.
A 4-3-2-1 formation is what suits best for the available squad of players. However, Juventus are a star side with a lot of versatility, you can line up in many ways and still find success at the club. It is down to the preference of the manager as to how you want your side lined up.
A rough example of what your line-up would look like in a 4-3-2-1 formation is as follows;
- Wojciech Szczesny as a regular keeper.
- Matthijs De Ligt & Leonardo Bonucci as 2 the Ball Playing Centre backs.
- Mattia De Sciglio & Alex Sandro as the 2 full backs with increasing crossing instructions.
- Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi & Rodrigo Bentancur as the 3 central midfielders with Pjanic playing as a defensive playmaker, Matuidi more of a box to box runner and Bentancur as a Mezzala
- Federico Bernadeschi & Douglas Costa as the 2 wingers in an inside forward/winger role.
- Cristiano Ronaldo as an advanced forward or a poacher.
Alternatively, you can play 2 strikers and use Mandzukic as a target man. You can even play new singing Ramsey in a box to box role in the middle. You can also Dybala as the support or a shadow striker in a 2 striker formation.
The squad is riddled with key players and you will only be able to field 11 of them making even the bench very strong. However, the strongest players of your team will be;
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is a 5 time Balon D’or Winner and along with Messi is considered as the best footballer in the world. He has a prolific goal-scoring rate and is a beast upfront.
2. Miralem Pjanic
Pjanic is one of the best defensive playmakers in the game. His vision and passing range are exceptional and he is one of the best at taking set-pieces.
3. De Ligt & Bonucci
The centre back pairing of Matthijs De Ligt & Bonucci are one of the best in the game and it combines youth and experience. They will be a rock in defence and contribute a lot of set-piece goals.
There are a lot of game-changers who will influence the game from the bench and the squad depth allows for perfect rotation maintaining everyone fatigue-free.
- This is a highly ambitious squad with very high expectations. Even decent performances can be regarded as a failure with only titles being the acceptable benchmark.
- With so many stars in their squad, the wage budget is through the roof leaving very little room for changes or new players. If you want new star faces in, you will have to end up selling some of your existing players.
- With a lot of important players in the squad, it is hard to give everyone their required playtime which will result in many unhappy individuals wanting more time on the field.
Potential Transfers (in)
Despite Juventus easily being the strongest team in Serie A, these players could be welcome additions to the side.
- Sebastiano Esposito
- Federico Chiesa
- Paul Pogba
Potential Transfers (Out)
These players may be surplus to requirements at the club or may not be of the expected quality.
- Gonzalo Higuain
- Douglas Costa
There are a few exciting young prospects in the ranks who have the potential to be some of the best players in the league. A few examples are;
- Leonardo Loria (GK)
- Pablo Moreno (ST)
- Elia Petrelli (ST)
FM20 Team Guide - Juventus
To Summarize, Juventus are easily the strongest team in the Serie A and one of the strongest sides in a world, a clear favourite to most FM20 managers. It is easy to see the allure of managing the “old lady”, however with anything short of silverware seen as failure it could pose a challenge to a few. Are you up for it?