Tuesday September 17 2013
Verratti: A PSG-Juventus Final!

Italian international Marco Verratti has a dream – a Champions League Final between his Paris Saint-Germain side and Juventus.

The Champions League will begin this evening and the playmaker is hoping PSG and Juve will improve on reaching the quarter-finals in the last campaign.

“An ideal Champions League Final would be PSG versus Juventus,” the 20-year-old told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“A tie between my present and my future? For now all that counts is the present.”

The Turin giants did try to sign the midfielder in the summer of 2012, but refused to match the €12m which PSG handed to Pescara for him.

“I see an even more spectacular Champions League this season,” Verratti continued. “We went out in the last eight last season [to Barcelona], but we did so with our heads held high.

“The club have invested a lot and well. Edinson Cavani gives us more strength, as do Marquinhos and Digne.

“Progress in the European Cup depends on how you get out of the group, on the draws and on injuries. But we can believe we can get to the Final.

“Other outsiders? The Italian clubs. Juve and Napoli have reinforced with intelligence. Milan have Mario Balotelli and we’ll have to see what Kaka can do when in form.”

Paris SG are in Group C with Benfica, Anderlecht and tonight’s opponents Olympiacos.

Juventus have been placed in Group B alongside Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Copenhagen.