No matter what league in Europe, one thing that is the toughest to achieve is dominating on both a domestic front and in the Champions League. This is what Juventus are aiming to do for the next couple of seasons. They have put together a squad that they believe is capable of doing that, and their focus is simply to win as many trophies as possible while they have top-end talent at their disposal.
The final piece of their puzzle was Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined this summer from Real Madrid. Ronaldo won’t be around forever – he is a short-term signing – but he is the most important player brought in by Juventus, and they are hoping he is the difference maker in the Champions League.
Ronaldo has led Real Madrid to the last three Champions League titles; he knows what it takes to win the best football competition in Europe. Juventus know too well what Ronaldo is capable of, after losing in the Champions League final themselves to Ronaldo’s Madrid team in the 2017 final. He has been brought in to take Juventus to the next level, and help them win the Champions League, alongside their continued dominance of Serie A on a domestic level.
The Italian league looks to be a two horse race between Juventus and Napoli this season, although Inter Milan are considered to be in with an outside chance of winning the title according to some people. Clubs like AC Milan, Roma and Lazio simply don’t have the power to compete with Juventus, and while ever that is the case, winning the Serie A title will probably not be enough for Juve fans.
After an impressive start that has seen them win ten and draw one of their first eleven games, the latest Serie A betting has Juventus as the 1/5 favourites for the title. They have started well, shown what they are capable of and, if needed, they will more than likely have a little more to give.
The balancing act comes in the Champions League though; can they compete on that front while maintaining their Serie A dominance? It would be no surprise to see them throw everything at the Champions League now they have Ronaldo in their ranks, while hoping that the squad players can come in and keep winning Serie A games when needed to.
After losing in two of the last four finals, Juventus don’t have many great memories of the Champions League. You have to go back to 1996 to find the last time Juve lifted Europe’s biggest trophy, and it is about time they lifted it again. They probably won’t have as good an opportunity as they do for the next couple of years with Cristiano Ronaldo on board leading them. He knows what it takes to win this competition, he has won the last three, can he make it four in a row with a new club this season?