Alessandro Del Piero believes Juventus are in "pole position" to record a third-successive Serie A title this season.
The Bianconeri retained their crown with a nine-point gap to second-placed Napoli last term, and former club favourite Del Piero feels Antonio Conte's side are well-equipped for glory once more following their investment this summer - despite their poor form in pre-season.
"Juve are in pole position, because the defending champion always has the advantage of starting in front," he told Sky Sport 24. "The friendly defeats shouldn't worry them: you face teams who are further in their preparations, or who are competing in their league. Then there is the travelling.
"Juventus have great potential, and their new signings will not take long to express themselves at that level."
Del Piero, now 38, went on to express his enduring fondness for the Old Lady faithful and the Sydney FC forward hinted that this could be his last year before calling time on a glittering career.
"I lived 19 intense years there - they do not leave me," he continued.
"I often think back to the world of Juventus, especially that last day at Juventus stadium when we lifted the Scudetto, although the reception from the fans represented another trophy for me.
"I will never stop thanking those who were present that day.
"At my age, prospects are always short-term," he added. "It may be my last year, it may not - I'll decide after Christmas."