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All change for another Juve Champions League push

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By Football Italiano

Friday 19 July 2019

Despite winning the Serie A title for an eighth season in succession, Juventus had their eyes set on another prize in the last campaign, which sadly passed them by once more.

The Champions League is what the club desires, and their investment of around 112 million Euros for Cristiano Ronaldo last summer was evident.

Unfortunately they were knocked out in the Quarter Finals by the surprise of the tournament last season in Ajax, despite a fantastic come back against Atletico Madrid in the previous round, which saw superstar Ronaldo bag a hat-trick in a 3-0 home victory.

However, despite last season’s short comings, Juventus have been adding to their already talented squad, in a big to challenge once more for Europe’s top prize.

Aaron Ramsey has joined on a free transfer from Arsenal this summer, which is a fantastic acquisition, with no up-front cost. He will wear the number eight shirt, just like he did with the Gunners.

Adrien Rabiot, who fell out of favour with his club PSG last season, has also joined the Italian Champions on a free transfer, who again is a fantastic signing and addition to a talented squad.

Finally, despite leaving last summer to PSG on a free, Gianlugi Buffon has re-joined the club with whom he had spent seventeen years as a professional. He reportedly refused offers from both Manchester City and Manchester United to return to Italy.

Juventus have not won the Champions League trophy since 1996, when they had players such as Del Piero, Deschamps and Vialli, despite coming close in both 2015 and 2017, beaten in the final on both occasions against Spanish opposition in Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. Under the new tactical approach of Maurizio Sarri, they will hope their football breaks Barcelona when they next face-up.

However Ronaldo had been the man to dent their Champions League dreams on more than one occasion. He scored a brace in the 2017 final which saw Juventus become runners up, whilst scoring a brace in the first leg of the quarter final in the 2017-2018 season, and a decisive penalty in the 97th minutes of the second leg, which resulted in the Italians being illuminated once again.

The signing of Ronaldo was seen by many as the missing piece in the jigsaw. His Champions League exploits over the years simply speak for themselves.

Ronaldo has a staggering 126 goals from 162 appearances in the competition, and is the all-time top scorer in the completion. He has also won the competition five times during his career and will still be hoping to win it for a sixth time, with a third different club side in Juventus .

With a new manager in Maurizio Sarri, replacing the departing Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus will be hoping that they can push on and claim the trophy that has eluded them of late.

Sarri recently won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea back in May of this year before his departure from the Premier League side, and built both his management career, and profile in Italy, whilst also managing arch rivals Napoli as recently as the 2017-2018 season.

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