The new Serie A season kicks off this weekend, with current champions Juventus beginning their latest title defence with an away trip to Parma.
Juventus, who have won the last eight consecutive Serie A titles, will once again this season be led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the man they believe will take them from domestic champions to top dogs in Europe.
Champions League Trophies Needed
Juventus are undoubtedly the major force in Italian football and have been for many years, with 35 top division titles under their belt, as well as 13 Italian Cups. However, the Italian giants only have one Champions League success to their name, achieved in the 95/96 season, but with Ronaldo on board, they feel this is their time to shine on Europe’s biggest stage.
Ronaldo Is The Key
The 34-year-old Portuguese superstar has won the prestigious trophy five times in total, lifting four at Madrid and one at Manchester United. He’s got proven pedigree in Europe’s top club competition, but at 34, while he’s still an elite player, time may not be on his side. This will make Ronaldo even more determined to bring the Champions League trophy back to Juventus, just as he has planned too; before he considers calling time on what has been a glittering career.
Drilling down into the stats, Ronaldo has made 162 appearances in the Champions League as a player, scoring an impressive 126 goals. He scored six times for Juve in the tournament last season from just 9 appearances, and weighed in with two assists, proving he’s more than capable of guiding his current employers to that European success that has eluded them for over two decades.
While Juventus harbour hopes of European glory, and rightly so from what is a very talented squad boosted by the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt and Aaron Ramsey, the club will also be hoping Ronaldo delivers once again domestically, as they look to retain their status as Italian football’s top club. Ronaldo bagged 21 goals and 8 assists in 31 Serie A games last term, with the Portuguese taking to Italian football like a duck to water, and there’s the belief he can surpass that in 19/20.
Juventus saw a managerial change take place this summer, with former Napoli and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri taking over in the hot seat from Massimiliano Allegri. Sarri certainly has big boots to fill but will, in fact, miss his new team’s first two games of the season. The 60-year-old is currently receiving treatment for pneumonia, and having missed the friendly against Triestina last weekend, the Italian will now also be absent for the clashes with Parma, and his former club Napoli.
Sarri will be hoping his team can live up to expectations while he recuperates, with it likely he will enforce his Sarri-ball tactics on his new charges. If the players can adjust to Sarris unique style, and still get the best out of arguably the greatest player of all time, Juventus could enjoy success on multiple fronts this season.