Hopes are high going Into the new season for Juventus that kicks off this Saturday against Chievo and rightly so. Juventus fans have seen a bit of everything this transfer window. From the unexpected signing of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to a REALLY unexpected signing in the form of Bonucci and to the inevitable signing of Emre Can, they really have seen everything. This new look squad have the sole ambition of winning the most coveted trophy of them all – The UEFA Champions League. That being said, there are a number of players who need to prove themselves to the manager this season. I now present the players who in my mind have the most to prove this 2018-19 season.
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— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 14, 2018
Without question, Bonucci is the one man who has the most to prove. Not only with his football but also to the fans who ones loved him so dearly. At one point in time, Bonucci was set to take over the captaincy from Gigi Buffon but things took a U-Turn last season. After falling out of favor with Allegri, he moved to AC Milan and was made the captain and leader of the new project, and celebrated quite enthusiastically for a man who claimed to have loved Juventus for his entire life after scoring a goal in his first game back at Allianz Stadium in March.
— Leonardo Bonucci (@bonucci_leo19) August 12, 2018
His first and only season at Milan wasn’t something great to tell tales about. He and Milan stumbled to sixth in the Serie-A. He was not able to function as the deep-lying playmaker like he did with the likes of Chiellini and Barzagli flanking him. And as a result, his performances started to dip almost immediately. Bonucci soon asked out of Milan after claiming that he wants to come back to Juventus and that he has repaired his relationship with Allegri. To the dismay of many Juventus fans, Mattia Caldara was included in the swap deal, along with Gonzalo Higuaín. Bonucci now has to not only repair his relationship with the fans but also has to get back to his best and justify the loss of the bright future of Caldera and even then, it may not be enough. He needs to respect the club and Allegri to the utmost extent, as his previous actions are still not forgiven by many. Bonucci has much to prove this year, and if he doesn’t, the fans will only like this move less.