Many questions about where Juventus are at will be answered in 2016. Here are five questions that will be answered, just two days away from the beginning of the 2016 portion of the schedule.
Can Juventus win a fifth consecutive scudetto?
Juventus started the 2015-16 season in the worst possible way. Juve's record for the first seven games of the season was L-L-D-W-D-L-W. That is a grand total of eight points in the first seven games. Luckily, we all know about Juve's perfect record in the last seven games they have played. The 21 points collected in the last seven matches have moved Juventus from 12th place on Round 7 to fourth place after Round 17. Most importantly, Juve are a mere three points away from first place.
The big question now is this: Can Juventus win the 2015-16 Scudetto? I have mentioned that if Juve were to be champions once again, after the massive rejuvenation of the squad, then they will be unstoppable for years to come.
Where does Juve stand in Europe?
Last season's European run was just amazing. Even the most optimistic of fans would not have predicted Juventus making it into the Champions League final. We went toe-to-toe with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid ... and we beat them; and were inches away from going all the way against Barcelona. But, it wasn't to be.
Now, for a team to claim a spot in Europe's elite, consistency is key, and Juventus have a golden opportunity ahead of them. Defeating Bayern Munich and moving on to the quarterfinals of the Champions League would be a massive statement. It will signal to other clubs that Juve are to be respected and feared. No matter what, the two upcoming European matches will be a huge learning opportunity for our young players.
Will Paul Pogba stay one more year?
Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, recently mentioned how much Paul loves Juventus. The,n there is also young Paul taking the No. 10 shirt. Sure, he can take it for one year, but I think that he is more committed to Juve than what the media would like you to think. Winning the Champions League with Juve may accelerate a move, so will a €100 million-plus offer. But otherwise, I wouldn't be surprised seeing him stay put for one more season.
Where will Alvaro Morata play next season?
Next summer Real Madrid will have the chance to bring Morata back home for only €30 million. However, the final word will be Morata's. I honestly think he would like to be at Madrid, but he knows the competition there is unlikely to give him the extended playing time he requires. With that being said, he is not getting many minutes in Turin at the moment. In fact, he has only started six games as a center-forward, according to WhoScored, in all competitions, with his major role being that of an impact sub (10 substitute appearances).
Will Domenico Berardi finally move to Turin next season?
Berardi has been part of the Juventus world for a long time now. And this summer is the summer to make a decision. He needs to decide whether he is willing to come and fight for a spot or if he prefers to be a big fish in a small pond. Juventus also need to decide whether they are willing to build a team that will play to the young Italian's strengths or let his strengths match our style of play. A 3-5-2 is not really for him, but a 4-3-2-1 or 4-3-1-2 may be suitable. No matter what, the Berardi soap opera will be over by the end of the summer.
What answers do you think we'll get in the coming year? Let us know in the comments section.