Opinion: Juventus to go all-in in the Champions League next season

Juventus will start their pre-season in six days against Tottenham in the International Champions Cup, so let’s talk about their objectives for the 2019-20 campaign.

Italian champions Juventus won their eighth consecutive Scudetto last season, with Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the Serie A for the first time.

However, the Bianconeri were not fully satisfied with the previous campaign, as they faced an unexpected elimination from Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals.

They decided to fire Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season and chase European glory with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri in the next term.

The change might be bigger than one would imagine, as Maurizio Sarri’s famous ‘Sarriball’ is not even similar to Allegri’s defensive style of football.

We believe the current Juventus team will need a bit of time to get used to the new style and maybe the Bianconeri will face some problems in the early part of the 2019-20 Seria A campaign.

Of course, there are some additions in the squad as well, with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot joining the club as free agents. Matthijs de Ligt is expected to complete his move to Turin any day now, while the club board is also pushing to resign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in the coming month.

It is clear that they are looking to complete a team which will be more competitive in Europe and in our opinion Juventus will turn their full focus to the Champions League next season.

The competition in Serie A is getting stronger

First of all, don’t get us wrong, Juventus will still try to win the Italian Championship. They are reigning champions and eight-times-in-a-row winners, it is basically their league at the moment.

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However, the competition in Serie A is getting stronger this summer, with Inter hiring former Juve coach Antonio Conte as their new manager.

Conte has already won three Scudetti as a head coach (with the Bianconeri) and has a great experience in Italian football.

They also landed Diego Godin on a free transfer, Valentino Lazaro from Hertha and the talented 22-year old Nicolo Barella. The Nerazzurri are also working on the transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United, a player which Conte wanted to sign back in his days at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus have won the Serie A with a few games to spare last season, but if it comes to choosing one from the domestic league and the Champions League next season there is no doubt they will go for the European Cup.

Ronaldo has records to break

Another reason why we think the Bianconeri will prioritize the Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese star has won the competition five times in his career so far and is only one title away from equaling Francisco Gento’s record who won six European Cups between 1956 and 1966.

Ronaldo could also become the second player in history to win the Champions League with three different clubs, with Clarence Seedorf being the only one who has done so (with Ajax in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998 and AC Milan in 2003 and 2007).

What do you think about the Juventus objectives for the next season? Would you like to see them finally win the Champions League for the first time since 1996, or you would rather celebrate a ninth consecutive Serie A title?

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