JUVENTUS have so much strength in depth they have been able to name a substitute’s bench which would compete in the Champions League.
The Italian giants have been the dominant force in Serie A for years, having won the title for the past eight seasons.
They also boast more wealth than any of their domestic rivals, allowing them to build up a squad that is the envy of the country.
But even they must have been surprised at just how much they had in reserve as they named the team to face Parma.
For the eleven players forced to sit on the bench from the start of the 1-0 victory could make up a team capable of giving anyone a run for their money.
Leaving aside the fact that the brilliant veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon was playing understudy to regular starter Wojcieh Szczensy in goal, the three-man defence looked imposing.
For £53million summer signing Matthijs de Ligt – regarded as one of the best young defenders in the world – could only get a place on the bench.
Joining him in the back line were Danilo, fresh from his simmer move from Manchester City, and Federico Bernardeschi.
There is an embarrassment of riches in midfield in Turin, to the extent that new signing Adrien Rabiot was only a sub along with Germany international Emre Can.
The five man midfield is completed with Rodrigo Bentancur in the middle with Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi on either win.
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And the front pairing of Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala is one most clubs around Europe would be envious of.
With a bench like that, Juve can be confident of making it nine straight Serie A titles this season.
And they made the ideal start as the ran out 1-0 winners against Parma, thanks to a first half goal from Giorgio Chiellini.
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