It has been 24 years since Juventus last won the Champions League, a period of time which is too long for a club of their size.
The Turin-based club has dominated Italian football over the last decade. However, it has not been enough for the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri to keep their jobs as the board has demanded much more in Europe.
With Andrea Pirlo now in charge and a new campaign ahead of them, is this the season the Italian giants finally get their hands on the trophy they have desired for so long?
Pirlo Knows What It Takes to Win Champions League
To some, the appointment of Pirlo as Juventus’ head coach came as a surprise as he is very early into his coaching career. After spending four years as a player in Turin for Juve, the Italian knows the club very well and the standards that are required.
Pirlo had a fantastic career as a player. He won the Champions League twice with Milan and even played in a final with Juventus, which they lost 3-1 to Barcelona. Given it is such a difficult competition to win, Pirlo will no doubt share his experiences with his players. He is also likely to prioritize the tournament, so expect to see him rest players before a big European game.
Juventus are +1400 in the football betting for the Champions League this season. They have been drawn in the same group as Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros. The Italian club will be expected to reach the knockout stages along with Barcelona.
Arthur Added in Biggest Transfer of Summer
The biggest transfer made by Juventus during the summer window was the acquisition of Arthur from Barcelona for 72 million euros, although it was essentially a swap deal as Miralem Pjanic went the other way. That is a big investment, however, the Brazilian international is just 24-years-old so his best years are likely to still be ahead of him.
Since moving to Spain in 2018, Arthur has picked up a lot of experience in La Liga and the Champions League. Although he was part of Barca’s league winning team in the 2018/19 campaign, it didn’t quite work out as planned for the former Gremio star in Catalonia.
The move to Juventus is the chance for Arthur to prove himself again with a fresh challenge. He will be an immediate starter and if he does continue to improve, he may prove to be excellent business for Juve.
Ronaldo Remains at Top of His Game
The biggest weapon Juventus still have is Cristiano Ronaldo. There were some rumours during the summer that he may be heading for the exit door but that did not prove to be the case.
Ronaldo remains at the top of his game and will be desperate himself to win the Champions League at least one more time before he retires from the sport. He has scored 10 goals in the competition over the last couple of seasons and should once again contribute heavily in the 2020/21 campaign.
The Champions League final in 2021 is set for May 29 and will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.