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Dybala: Champions League first, then we’ll worry about 10th title

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Dybala has urged Juventus to concentrate on the Champions League rather than get distracted on a 10th successive Serie A title.

Winning the Serie A has become an almost customary ritual for Juventus and Paulo Dybala, having won it for the last nine seasons in succession.

But while the Bianconeri have dominated things on the domestic front, they’ve always come up short in Europe. In fact, they haven’t won the Champions League since 1996 – exactly 24 years ago.

Not helping matters is that Juventus trail Lyon 1-0 on aggregate for the second leg of their last-16 tie on August 7.

So while thoughts are understandably wavering towards the prospect of winning an unprecedented 10th Serie A title in a row, Dybala has urged his team-mates to not lose focus on European glory.

“It can be hard to maintain concentration and ambition, but every victory is special,” he told The Guardian.

“I think that’s the most important thing. I like to win, my team-mates like to win, and the club likes to win, and it’s that desire that makes us winners – but of course, it helps that we have the strongest players in the world in every position.

“We’re proud of ourselves, to win nine titles in a row is incredible, and we’re already thinking about a 10th.

“First though we need to turn our attention to the Champions League.”

Dybala will likely be absent for the return leg between Juventus and Lyon at the Allianz Stadium, having sustained a thigh injury. Nonetheless, he remains upbeat over his club’s prospects.

The Argentina international added: “It’s been such a long season already.

“The first game against Lyon was five months ago and so many things have happened in between, but we know what we can still achieve.

“It’ll be strange to play in the Champions League without fans, and to play just one tie in each round, but first we have to win in Turin. For now, that’s all that matters.”