Juventus director Pavel Nedved has revealed that the club are looking forward to offering a strong challenge for the Champions League crown, now that they have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks. The Portuguese superstar made the shock move to Turin from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window and Nedved is delighted to have the attacker on board to enhance their European ambitions.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “We are very happy that we could welcome to our team such a world class player like Ronaldo. As a club we have made a step forward and we want to make it count in the Champions League, which has been set as our objective in the next few years. Some might have thought it was crazy… We, Juventus, are in position where it is very difficult to buy players who are better than those in our XI.It was the right decision to get Juventus where the club belongs. We want to win the Champions League, so it was a good move.”
The Bianconeri have remained competitive in the Champions League over the years but they have not managed to break their two-decade long drought having succumbed to a couple of final defeats since 2015. As such, the move for Ronaldo has been targeted to bring them success in Europe but it remains to be seen whether the Portuguese can make a notable impact during the ongoing campaign.
Ronaldo has been crucial towards Real Madrid’s Champions League success in four of the previous five campaigns but he now has to replicate the same performance under a new surrounding which may test his credentials. The 33-year-old has begun the season on a slow note with no goals from his opening three games for Juventus but the supporters will be hoping that he can break the duck sooner rather than later. The Old Lady are scheduled to contest Sassuolo following the international break.