This summer arrived back in Turin on top of the world, following France's World Cup win in Russia. Now, Blaise Matuidi wants to help bring the Bianconeri to the top of Europe by winning the Champions League.
The French midfielder, spoke from Dubai, where alongside teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Chief Football Officer, Fabio Paratici, is taking part in the Globe Soccer Awards.
"With the World Cup things have changed, even though I feel the same and I still have important goals to achieve: I want to win the Champions League with Juventus and then also the European Championship in 2020. The Champions League - adds Matuidi - is an important competition with great teams, the technical level is very high but today we have a competitive team with strong players that allow us to compete."
According to Matuidi, Italian football is ready to return to the top: "In the last five years Juventus have reached two Champions League finals, Roma too got to the semi-finals. The Italian league has had a difficult time - the Frenchman explains - but for some years now it has returned to being competitive and I'm sure that soon an Italian will win the Champions League. I hope it will be already this year."
The secret of success at the World Cup? "The difference was made by a very strong group, which was like a family. We were willing to do whatever it took for the team with our high level of individual talent."