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Real Madrid legend explains why Ronaldo may not be enough for Juventus to win Champions League

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 19:46 IST

Juventus v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H
Juventus v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H

What's the story?

Real Madrid legend and club Global Ambassador, Roberto Carlos has opened up about Juventus' Champions League chances now that former Los Blancos star Cristiano Ronaldo has joined them.

In case you didn't know...

The Portuguese ace left reigning European champions Real Madrid to join Italian side Juventus in a surprising £105 million move over the summer.

Ronaldo took his time to adapt to Italian football, but when he did, the forward began banging in the goals and breaking records in the process. 

The Bianconeri continues its impressive season as an undefeated team in the Serie A so far.

However, a Champions League group stage game against his former club Manchester United in Turin proved to be the dent in the team's season.

Having previously been undefeated in all competitions, Juventus succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a mediocre Manchester United side.

Despite the loss, the Portuguese ace bagged a goal against his former side, one whose celebration was deemed 'disrespectful by the United faithful.

The heart of the matter

Speaking on the sidelines of a club event (via Calciomercato), Roberto Carlos spoke about Serie A giants Juventus and their superstar recruit Cristiano Ronaldo, stating that the presence of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner might not be enough for the side to win the UEFA Champions League.

The club legend said, "Ronaldo? Cristiano is an icon. Juventus have undoubtedly strengthened but the other day we saw how they lost against Manchester United. This shows that in modern football not always those who have the best team win, but those who can find more balance in the field."

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He added, "CR7 represents a lot, but nobody wins the Champions League alone. Real Madrid? The victory in Plzen [5-0] was great, restoring confidence to the group. Now you can continue to work and improve so that the team has the chance to play another final, also because it is played here in Madrid."

What's next?

Despite the loss, Juventus are still in first place in the Champions League Group H with nine points. The Serie A champions are set to face AC Milan in a Serie A clash tomorrow.

Published 11 Nov 2018, 12:20 IST
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