Juventus Manager Does Not Consider Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United as Champions League Rivals

Published 12/07/2021, 12:44 PM EST
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Juventus is having a torrid time in their league after selling their top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the summer transfer window. They even sacked Andrea Pirlo, to appoint their former manager, Massimiliano Allegri; a move hasn’t worked out as per their expectations.

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However, things are completely different in the UEFA Champions League. Juventus have 12 points from five UCL matches and are second in their group, behind Chelsea, because of their goal difference. Notably, they did beat Chelsea at home, but lost to them in the second match by a shambolic scoreline of 4-0, putting them in danger of finishing second. Nevertheless, they have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri reveals his favourites for this year’s UCL

Allegri talked about the UCL this season and revealed who he thinks are the teams that would contest for the crown. Interestingly, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United was not on his list of favourites, sparking some controversy.

Favourites for this year’s Champions League? Liverpool, Bayern, Manchester City, Real, PSG,” Allegri said in an interview.

While the above-mentioned clubs indeed have remarkable squads that are performing exceptionally well in their leagues, United, too, have a chance to win it all. Many claim the appointment of Ralf Rangnick is a masterclass move by the United board and fans are buzzing after their team’s recent performance against Crystal Palace.

As for Juventus, they are currently sitting in fifth place in their league table, which is still a lot better than the lowly 10th place they fell to a while ago. They are seven points behind 4th place Atalanta and are in danger of not qualifying for the UCL next season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his form for Manchester United

Similarly, United has struggled a lot in the league, which made the sacking of their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inevitable. As for Ronaldo, he is the club’s top scorer this season and has six goals in five UCL matches.

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It’ll be interesting to see what Rangnick can accomplish with this mixed bag of a squad and whether he can bring a trophy back home to Old Trafford this season or not.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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