“It’s a manageable group, but it all depends on us. Our destiny is in our own hands, in our heads and in our feet. We have the skill, the conviction and the means to qualify.”
This is how Juventus CEO and General Manager of Sport, Giuseppe Marotta, reacted to Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw, which pits the Bianconeri against Manchester United, Valencia CF and BSC Young Boys.
“Notwithstanding the calibre of our opponents, there must be a strong level of determination on the part of everyone in demanding tournaments such as these. We must approach every single match with the utmost motivation. We cannot hide the fact that we are among the favourites this year: the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo was President Agnelli’s wish; it was an extraordinary.
“We are aiming to play a leading role in this year’s Champions League. Ronaldo’s decision not to attend tonight’s event must be respected. It is a personal and private decision.”
Finally, Marotta concluded: “We want to excel in all competitions. The Champions League obviously has a special charm and we have not won it for years, so we are not going to hide: we have this dream and often dreams come true.”