Italian legend Pirlo names Juventus, 4 others favourites to win Champions League title

Italian legend Pirlo names Juventus, 4 others favourites to win Champions League title

- Former AC Milan midfielder Pirlo believes Juventus have all it takes to win the Champions League title

- He also tipped Liverpool, Man City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich as contenders for the trophy

- The Old Lady last won the competition in 1996 after beating Ajax 4-2 on penalties following their 1-1 draw in regulation period

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Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has tipped his former club Juventus as favourites to win this year's Champions League title.

The midfield maestro retired from active football in 2017 after spending two seasons with Major League Soccer side New York City FC.

He scored one goal in 60 appearances for the MLS outfit during his reign at the Yankee Stadium.

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Juve last won the prestigious prize in 1996 and their recent tries have ended in defeats to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

According to the Mirror, the 39-year-old also believes Manchester City and Liverpool are strong contenders for the title.

He also mentioned Spanish League champions Barcelona as well as Bayern Munich in the top five teams that could emerge victorious at the end of this season.

However, he admits the inclusion of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Old Lady team will give the Italian side an edge over others.

"If you play these four-five teams, including Juventus , then there are Liverpool , Barcelona , Manchester City and Bayern Munich," he told Sky Sport Italia when asked to name his favourites for the competition.

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"The teams are more or less those. While the championship is a thing in itself, Juventus has shown and is proving to be a step or two steps above the others.

Pirlo was part of the AC Milan team that lost the UCL title to Liverpool in a dramatic way in 2005 through penalties.

He got his revenge on them two years later with a 2-1 win in the final in Athens to win his second Champions League top prize in his career.

"If my former friends told me something about Cristiano Ronaldo? They tell me about a serious professional and a humble person - his coaches, like Ancelotti," he continued.

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"I'm not surprised at all, the results are showing them on the pitch.

And as a former set-piece specialist, Pirlo has backed Ronaldo to continue to take priority on free-kicks over his teammates.

"Ronaldo, Pjanic or Dybala? They have great choice now, because all three are very good shooters, but now Pjanic and Dybala are a bit more difficult, because maybe the priority goes to Ronaldo," he said.

"If he hears it he pulls it in. Advice? They will not need it."

We recall that Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 in their Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday, October 23.

Paulo Dybala opened scoring for the visitors in the 17th minute after benefiting from a Chris Smalling's weak attempt to clear Cristiano Ronaldo's cross from the left flank.

The Old Lady got the game off to a pressing start after Marcus Rashford fouled Alex Sandro in the first 60 seconds of the game.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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