Monday, December 15, 2008

No. 7: Juventus

Everything Juventus has done in Serie A, Inter has done just a little bit better. Juve's +15 is second only to Inter's +18 goal differential. Juve is also second in the table with 33 points, six behind Inter. Inter also beat Juve 1-0 at home earlier this year.

One thing Juventus does have going for it is that it won its group in the Champions League (one that included football giant Real Madrid) while Inter took second in its group behind Greek side Panathinaikos.

Why they are here: Alessandro Del Piero's return to form has continued this year in a big way. Del Piero set new personal records for games played in league competition in each of the last two years and is looking much younger than 34. He scored 21 goals in each of those two seasons. Gianluigi Buffon is arguably the world's top keeper.

Why they might not be here in May: Manchester City is likely to make a run at Buffon with their new influx of cash, but that is unlikely at best, with Juventus in the thick of the Champions League. The health of France international David Trezeguet is also a question mark. Age is also a big concern with Del Piero, midfielder Pavel Nedved, defender Olof Mellberg and others.

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