David Trezeguet believes his former club, Juventus, are “among the favourites” for the Champions League.
The group stage competition gets back underway this evening, with the Bianconeri taking on Sevilla tomorrow.
“It’s a very heavy responsibility, especially for Juve who have gone a long time without winning the Champions League,” Trezeguet noted in an interview with Tiki Taka.
“The Coach [Massimiliano Allegri] is doing a very important job, and there are players who want to make history.
“They’ve done extraordinary things in Italy, but I think Juve can’t hide from this clear objective, because of the investments made, the players who have arrived and the fans.
“Juve have to be a protagonist in this competition, I hope until the end. In the Champions League there are the best players and the best teams in Europe, but because of Juve’s history they must aim for this objective, and that’s why the club decided to make important investments.
“Like Gonzalo Higuain? Higuain is a winner, a player of the highest level and now the time has come to focus on the Champions League.
“It’s a trophy that has been missing for too long. Juve are among the favourites, you can’t hide that.”
The Old Lady struggled in Europe under Antonio Conte, but appear to be more of a force under Allegri, why is that?
“Conte worked a lot when he arrived, especially on the mental aspect of the players - he knew what it meant to play for Juventus and he was a winner.
“Allegri has given continuity to Conte’s work, he wants to leave his mark and I think it was the right choice to take him after Conte. They’re two talented Coaches.”
Trezeguet scored 171 goals for Juventus, and was asked if real number 9s are making a comeback in Serie A.
“For strikers, it’s important to be mad about scoring and always being a protagonist,” the Frenchman noted.
“In Italy these type of players are coming back, great strikers are coming back to a tough League like Serie A.
“Who inspired me? I always had a weakness for [Gabriel] Batistuta, he was my idol and fate decided that we’d play against each other in Italy.
“It was great to face him on the pitch.”