Materazzi: Juve not winning Champions League a failure

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15: Paulo Dybala of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Frosinone Calcio on February 15, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Marco Materazzi feels it would be a failure if Juventus don’t end up winning the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The club record signing of Ronaldo for €112m last summer was widely considered a step in the right direction to end their 23-year wait for the Champions League.

However, Materazzi – who won Europe’s elite club competition with Inter in 2010 – told Eurosport and cited on Football Italia: “Juventus are a Champions League team and they have the obsession of winning it every season.

“When you win a lot in Italy you always want to take the next step, and that step forward, in this case, is the Champions League.

“Last summer they signed a player who can’t be compared to anyone else in the Champions League. I think it’s their main target.

“It’s difficult for someone to take the title away from them because they’re the best equipped and most organised team, who have won together and played together for many years.

“Ronaldo has to do his bit. The problem will be if they don’t win it because if they don’t, it’ll be a failure.

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Materrazi who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 noted that the addition of a quality player is only a boost but doesn’t guarantee the title.

“It’s normal that you’re expected to win the Champions League after you buy the player who together with Messi is the best in the world, but only one team can win it.

“However, as an Inter fan I can’t support Juventus; if they win it then I’ll complement them as an Italian, but I’d never cheer for them.”

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