Italy Euro hopes boosted by Juventus
Juventus players may hold the key to the Italian national side's hopes of success this summer.
With no less than eight players included in Cesare Prandelli's international squad for this summer's Euro 2012, Juventus are quite rightly the team of the moment in Italy. Under the guidance of coach and former midfielder Antonio Conte, the Turin outfit have captured their first scudetto since 2003, and if they avoid defeat at home to Atalanta on Sunday, will join AC Milan and Perugia as the only teams to go through a whole season unbeaten. The team has strength in depth, from Gianluigi Buffon in goal, Giorgio Chiellini in defence and a midfield that includes the great Andrea Pirlo, while up front is target man Alessandro Matri, who scored on his international debut against Ukraine in 2011 and could be a name to look out for this summer if selected to line up alongside Mario Balotelli in Poland. The future looks bright for 'The Old Lady' and it would be no surprise to see one or two big names on the European scene joining the squad in time for next season.