Champions League favourites? Bernardeschi talks up Juventus credentials

Juventus have assembled a squad worthy of being considered Champions League favourites, according to Federico Bernardeschi.

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, the competition's all-time leading scorer, has boosted the Bianconeri's hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1996.

Superstar forward Ronaldo was instrumental to Juve's exit in each of the previous two campaigns, scoring twice for Real Madrid in the 2017 final and then converting a controversial late penalty in last season's quarter-finals.

Massimiliano Allegri's men must first survive a tough group containing Man United, Valencia and Young Boys if they are to deliver on Bernardeschi's confidence, but the Italy forward is adamant he and his team-mates can go all the way.

"I feel this year we have a strong, complete squad with great players," the 24-year-old said.

Bernardeschi has started 2 of Juve's 3 successive victories this Serie A season, scoring in the 3-2 win at Chievo on the opening weekend.

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