PORTO, Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his hometown of Portugal for the first time as a Juventus player as his side face Porto early this morning with the Italian giants will face one of Europe’s strongest clubs in the Champions League.
On the pitch, Juve are still looking for compatibility with new manager Andrea Pirlo but they want glory in Europe after losing five Champions League finals since their last win in 1996.
Meanwhile off the field, their Chairman Andrea Agnelli became one of the individuals planning a change for the continent’s elite club rivalry.
Juventus have dominated Serie A for the past decade without winning the Champions League.
Porto, on the other hand, is the only club not from the ‘Biggest’ league to be in the last 16 with both winning the European title twice.
For the club from Turin, success in Europe this season seems even more important as domestic donations dwindle as Pirlo’s hopes for Scudetto’s 10th victory come to a head.
A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli last Saturday left Juventus eight points behind leaders Inter Milan, despite having one match in hand.
“This defeat did not weaken us,” Ronaldo said.
“Let’s strengthen the spirit and think about the Champions League.”
Porto meanwhile have drawn in four domestic games and are now 10 points behind league leaders Sporting Lisbon.