Valencia Vs Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo’s new job to start in a familiar environment
I guess no one has adapted to the UEFA Champions League pressure better than Cristiano Ronaldo. UEFA Champions League record goal-scorer (120 goals) is going to start his new inning in Europe playing for his fourth club. After winning four Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and winning it three time in successive seasons, former Real Madrid man has moved to Juventus this season. And, his new job will start in a familiar environment playing against Valencia in Spain.
Juventus are favourite to win UEFA Champions League this season. Many believes that arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo makes them favourite to win the trophy, so it put lot of pressure on Ronaldo to give Juventus a solid start which has been his trademark for Real Madrid over the nine seasons.
It was definitely Ronaldo’s goals which won Real Madrid four Champions League during his nine years stay at Real Madrid. Juventus will be hoping for Ronaldo to emulate his feat with them as well, so that they can win the elite trophy once again.
Bianconeri have reached the tournament final twice in their last four campaign, and five time overall since they won it in 1995/96. They are desperate to lift the elite trophy after a gap of 23 years, and Ronaldo is central to their success.
CR7 will start his new job in a familiar environment as well. Juventus will start their campaign against Valencia at Mestalla in Spain. He enjoyed playing for Real Madrid against Valencia. He has scored 15 La Liga goals against Los Che and would be looking to add some more in colors of Bianconeri shirt.
Ronaldo couldn’t have got a better start of his new campaign in Europe. He didn’t start very well in Serie A scoring on his fourth appearance after playing 320 minutes of game. But, Juventus will be happy that Portuguese great has opened his account and he’ll ready for his next victim and here arrives Valencia.
However, Group H is not an easy group. Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, and Swiss champion BSC Young Boys will be vying for the last 16 stage two places. Juventus is expected to lead the group, but they can’t take the competition of Manchester United, Valencia, and Young Boys lightly.
Ronaldo loves to go on a rampage against tournament weak teams, but it’s very unlikely that he is going to break his own record of scoring 10 group stage goals this time. He can fancy his chances against Young Boys, but Manchester United & Valencia is going to put a great challenge for him.
However, his experience in the tournament is certainly going to help Juventus’ other players. Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, are Miralem Pjanic are going to learn a great deal from Portuguese superstar.
Valencia will definitely be a threat but their domestic trouble is going to affect their performances in Champions League as well. However, Marcelino side has no dearth of talent and they can cause problem for Serie A champions.
Los Che have a very balanced side. Rodrigo leads their lineup upfront alongside Kevin Gameiro. They have a very solid midfield lineup in veteran Dani Parejo, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Russian starlet Denis Cheryshev, and Daniel Wass.
Juventus must be aware of Valencia’s threat. Ronaldo alone is not enough to win the UEFA Champions League for them, but of course a solid support from teammates will help him to end Old Lady Of Turin’s draught of Champions League trophy.