Saturday June 30 2018
Juve need the Champions League

By the time the next Final rolls along, it'll be 23 years since Juventus won the Champions League. That is simply too long for Adam Digby.

Remember that glorious night in Rome? A high, bouncing ball that Fabrizio Ravanelli controlled before slotting into the back of the net from a tight angle? The silver haired striker certainly enjoyed the goal, wheeling away with his shirt over his head in trademark fashion. Remember the penalty shoot-out? Four flawless spot kicks from Ciro Ferrara, Gianluca Pessotto, Michele Padovano and Vladimir Jugovic? What about those two incredible saves from the ultra-reliable Angelo Peruzzi?

Even if you forgot all that, do you remember what happened next? Luca Vialli taking the giant trophy and lifting it above his head, the sheer joy of the entire Juventus fanbase etched across his gleeful face. All around the skipper, his team-mates rejoiced. Many had been robbed of their shorts and socks by supporters at the Stadio Olimpico, keen to get their hands on as many mementoes as possible of a match that finally saw them triumph as Champions League winners.

Given that the only other occasion the Bianconeri had won that cup came at Heysel, it was a moment of validation for the perennial Serie A winners.

When Juve reached the final again in each of the next two seasons, it seemed the Old Lady would not be made to wait too long for her next victory, only for a stunning loss to Borussia Dortmund and a harsh 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid seeing her leave empty-handed both times. Pavel Nedved’s suspension from the 2003 Champions League Final then saw Milan win on penalties after a 0-0 draw, before Calciopoli sent the Turin giants into the worst kind of purgatory.

But from the hell of that relegation, a new dynasty appeared, one led by an Agnelli. Son of Umberto and nephew of the great Gianni, Andrea was born to steer Juventus to success and he quickly set about doing just that. Antonio Conte restored the club’s reputation on the domestic front, Max Allegri continuing that work while also making the Bianconeri a force to be reckoned with in Europe once again.

Just as Marcello Lippi did in the 1990s, Allegri has reached the UEFA showpiece while winning domestic doubles, clinching the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia in each of his four seasons in charge. Playing the Champions League Final twice in that time, he has found his team lacking in a one-off game against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, an outcome that should not really surprise anyone given their continued dominance of football at the highest level.

Yet as impressive as that duo of Ballon d’Or winners might be, enough is enough. By the time the 2018-19 Final gets underway at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, it will have been 23 years since Vialli’s magnificent night in Rome. That’s too long, and it’s time the Old Lady ended a trophy drought that began back when Gigi Buffon was a precocious teenager at Parma and has continued into his semi-retirement at the age of 40.

The iconic goalkeeper will not be the man to follow in Vialli’s footsteps, his time in Turin coming to an end this past summer and Giorgio Chiellini is now the club Captain. He is also one of just three players who have remained throughout this current era of domestic dominance, one which will forever be seen as a strong team steam-rollering weak opposition at home if it isn’t underlined with continental glory.

The time has come to end this wait, to be brave, to be bold and to believe. After a summer which has seen some truly surprising World Cup results as the traditional superpowers like Germany have been overthrown, anything is possible.

Of course, they still need some key additions, particularly in midfield, but there can be no doubt that this season is one in which they must truly aim to be great. It’s been too long.

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Have your say...
Oh, they're past praying; they've busted out a Ouija-board. They'll probably tie this in with the faked moonlanding consipracy.
on the 6th July, 2018 at 11:36am
Paolo and his lover RafaelHasBeenAloserSince1979 are silent now. Their team lose battle to Juve and sadly now they also lose battle to Juve fans. I wonder what are they doing now? Maybe they are praying hard to Satan so that CR7 to Juventus will be canceled. XD
on the 5th July, 2018 at 10:39am
40mil for CANCELO?

When you have the wonga, 40mil is chicken feed!

Money, money, money...............

Oh yeah baby.................

All the losers,inconsolable trolls + fans of seconda fascia Clubs in Serie A?

on the 4th July, 2018 at 3:47pm
Welcome to JUVENTUS Champion!

Name: Emre Can
Current Team: JUVENTUS
Shirt Number: 23
Defender (Centre, Left, Right)
Defensive Midfielder (C)
Age: 24 years old (12-01-1994)
Height: 184cm
Weight: 82kg
Nationality: Germany
on the 4th July, 2018 at 2:56pm

Alvaro Morata Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Aleksandr Golovin CSKA Moscow
Jack Wilshere Arsenal
Sergej Milinkovic Lazio

JUVENTUS linked to all this great players!

on the 4th July, 2018 at 2:47pm
And I quote:

"JUVENTUS are increasingly confident of pulling off a lucrative package for the 33-year-old Portuguese, for a fee of around £88m. For super-agent Jorge Mendes, this is surely only just the start of the fun and games."

Apparently John Elkann, for a change, loves the idea, and he is willing to pay half of CR7 wages through his biz giant EXOR.

Obviously if John puts EXOR financial weight in the move for Ronaldo, anything is possible!

on the 4th July, 2018 at 2:37pm
@ Paolo

Calm down, son. So, according to this web, he played 2023 mins but still lost to Alex Sandro who got 3280 mins. LOL

And i guess you already knew that, so you're trying to make an impression that Asamoah is better than Alex Sandro which is NOT TRUE and pretend that Alex Sandro wants to leave Juve.

Oh boy, you are as funny as Viktor.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 2:06pm
That link shows that Asamoah had 0 goals and 1 assist against Sandro's 4 goals and 6 assists. Great way to debunk your own statement.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 1:09pm
“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”
on the 4th July, 2018 at 12:49pm
Imagine being so pathetic you try a comeback but fails with wrong numbers.

Asamoah played 2023 minutes for Juve last season and started 11 of the last 18 matches. Asamoah also had a far better seadon than Alex Sandro who wants to leave.

Its not my fault youre so ignorant.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 11:02am
Juve offered him a new 2 year contract (as a benchwarmer AGAIN) he declined. OF COURSE!

Because a poor mediocre team just came up and offered him contract that makes him as STARTER in their team. Something that Asamoah has been longing since Conte left.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 10:03am
Take a look at this clown >> Paolo! All of a sudden he becomes an expert of Juventus players. In his salty mind, he knows them better than Juventus fans thanks to Google. But do you know what's funny? i only need 50 SECONDS to find how wrong you're, clown.

Last season, Asamoah played 1672 minutes in all competitions. Compare to Alex Sandro: 3015 minutes. Before Alex Sandro came to Juve, Asamoah had been behind Patrice Evra for LB/LM.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 9:48am
Imagine being so dense you honestly believe 40 million for Cancelo is a good deal.
Hes a good player, but still cant defend. Sat on the bench for the first 5 months at Inter. Valencia didnt want him, and you beat Wolverhampton to get him. LOL.

We are trying to sign Vrsaljko from Atletico, much better RB for 25 million.

After schooling you about both your own players and Inters this time, I have to conclude youre a hurt fanboy. 23 years!
on the 4th July, 2018 at 7:46am
You enjoy talking to the screen of your phone or laptop.

How sad. Go find some friends.

Giancarlo, dude it took me 2 minutes to find out how wrong you are again. Its getting ridiculous how dense and ignorant you lot are.

Asamoah played 280 minutes less than Cancelo in Serie A last season. Thats 3 matches.
Asamoah started 17 matches in Serie A, and has been your starting LB since january, bc Sandro have been awful.

Juve offered him a new a new 2 year contract he declined.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 7:31am
And blind Juventus fans think that Cristiano Ronaldo who has won 4 UCL cups will sign for a team that has won two and lost 7. Yeah right.
on the 4th July, 2018 at 2:23am
When you have teams with huge transfer and wage budgets still failing at CL I think Juve has done pretty well in recent years. At least Juve isn't living in the past like Milan & Inter or throwing games like Napoli. In this day and age, if you can't compete financially, which no one in Serie A can, you don't have much chance at CL as you need deep squads with quality or a lot of luck with injuries and bookings which makes Roma's achievement last year all the more remarkable.
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 10:19pm
I enjoy talking to people when they can't distinguish treple and treble, I hope you are just dyslexic not delusional. Keep up your good work Baolo....oops :o
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 4:08pm
So, doesn't anyone, including the FIGC, want to talk about the clear money laundering going on at Juve? Selling average players for 20 mill with buy back clauses. Those clubs will give rube at least 12 points next season too. Calcio lovers should be worried the FIGC have ignored this.
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 3:49pm
Hahaha... my dear Paolo. Are you sure Viktor is not your twin???

Only pathetic hypocrite, idiotic, brainwashed fans like you can say Joao Cancelo isn't worth 40M and do you think 30 years old Juve's bench warmer 4 years in a row (out classed by Alex Sandro) will be missed?

Take your medicine bruh... Your saltiness level is damn too high. LOL
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 3:28pm
An exclusive scoop on Spanish TV suggests that CR7 will join Juventus.

As much as I'd like to get excited about it, somehow, at the moment, it sounds like wishful thinking.

However as I pointed out talking about Pogba, the sponsors play a very big part in these high level purchases.

Ronaldo is big business, capable of pumping 800mil every year in the coffers of the sponsors.

You might be mostly very naive, but sponsors can make it happen.
How do you think that Napoli managed to buy Maradona?
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 2:59pm
Lol youre even too dense to understand youre own hypocrisy. Youre 70 titles count goes all the way back to 1897 and then you talk about a decade for our treple, which is also wrong?

ha ha ha ha!

Youve become so desperate after being schooled about calciopoli and your disaster of a european history, you try a laughable comeback with Cancelo for 40 million, as if its a good deal.

He wasnt even picked for Portugals WC team and we got your starting LB in return for free.

Another own goal!
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 11:14am
"Juventus paid for calciopoli, they served their time and they came back. Inter lied and hid evidence, weakened the league, weakened italian footballs position"

You guys are so pathetic its laughable.
Milan won CL the year after calcipoli, Inter won it 3 years later. Juve didnt win before calciopoli aswell so you dont count lol. Since then no italian winners of CL.

FFP weakened Serie A.
on the 3rd July, 2018 at 10:41am
Oh I'm really sorry Paolo I didn't mean to hurt you...
Did your team just can't afford to pay 40m for a right back? I hope you can get Rafinha lol
Oh but their agent said they can't wait for you anymore :(
I know how it feels when this blog mainly talks about Juve and not your beloved team. Probably because Juve paid for bloggers too.
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 11:35pm
Reading Paolo's comment here makes me laugh. Moratti should be proud of you. I won't make excuse that we don't need CL trophy, yes we want it, that's why we built our own stadium and focus on bring in world class players to the team: Players that poor Inter and their fans can only dream of. Thanks to our huge income and our good reputation as Champions of Italy, talented players like Joao Cancelo, Mattia Perin, etc desperately want to be Juventus Players (bench warmers). LOL
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 10:59pm
Just stating the facts little trolling one. There there no need to go creating fantasies in your mind alone then try to convince very few others of your nonsense. I guess you are a little bit excited about 4th spot and a little upset about cancelo lolol. L
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 10:30pm
Juventus paid for calciopoli, they served their time and they came back. Inter lied and hid evidence, weakened the league, weakened italian footballs position and image, which would be ok if they were not as guilty if not more. They had success in the aftermath, but their main rivials were not as strong, and now they are struggling and have no excuse.
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 6:12pm
"Just let them live in their treble year (a decade ago?)"

"juventus has over 70 trophies"

LOL. Pure nonsense. Youre hurt dog. 23 years.
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 6:04pm
"I guess when you dont win in 8 yrs some ppls minds begin to play tricks on them and they say stuff that is relevant in their world alone."

Agreed. After 23 years drought a juve fanboy actually wrote this

"I don't understand the feeling of failure when it comes to the CL."

"Without Messi or Ronaldo in their teams, we're better than Barca and RM. We just need a bit of luck."

1-3 and 1-4 lol.
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 5:43pm
I don't understand the feeling of failure when it comes to the CL. Madrid have won the past 3, and dating back 2008, only 3 teams didn't feature Messi or Ronaldo. I think it's a disservice to anyone to not realize that.

Without Messi or Ronaldo in their teams, we're better than Barca and RM. We just need a bit of luck. With Allegri, we've gone to two finals, and gotten eliminated in stoppage or extra time when we didn't. Aside from Barca and RM, who's doing that? We're 3rd best in Europe.
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 4:00pm
Seriously what's the point to argue with an inter fan lol. Just let them live in their treble year (a decade ago?)and struggle to comply ffp while we move on to get the eighth!
on the 2nd July, 2018 at 3:59pm

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