Vialli backs Juventus for Champions League glory

Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus has the quality to end the Bianconeri's Champions League heartache, says Gianluca Vialli.

Published : Nov 02, 2018 18:19 IST

Gianluca Vialli lifts the Champions League trophy in 1996
Gianluca Vialli lifts the Champions League trophy in 1996
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Gianluca Vialli lifts the Champions League trophy in 1996

Gianluca Vialli believes that Juventus is Champions League favourite this season after assembling the strongest squad in Europe.

Juve has not lifted European club football's top prize since 1996, when Vialli captained the Bianconeri to a penalty shootout victory over Ajax in Rome.

Under Massimiliano Allegri, Juve has reached two of the last four Champions League finals, only to be beaten by Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Three games into the 2018-19 competition, Juve is sitting pretty with nine points in Group H after wins over Valencia, Young Boys and most recently Manchester United.

"Juve are the strongest team in Europe. I'm not just talking about the starters, but also the squad depth," Vialli told Gazzetta dello Sport .

"Sometimes, you look at the players they have on the bench and you're amazed. The club did so well, they've added Cristiano Ronaldo to a structure that allowed them to win in Italy and to reach two Champions League finals in four years."

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"Let's just say the team 22 years ago had the merit of winning the Champions League, but in everything else this team has superior quality, simply because they can field one of the best players in the world."

"Allegri has two teams at his disposal. [Vialli's boss Marcello] Lippi had a granite block, we were solid, tactically prepared and at the peak of our powers."

"But, Marcello didn't have CR7. Now that [Zinedine] Zidane isn't working, Allegri is better than anyone. The results say that."

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