‘A new era of football is beginning’: Juventus manager Juve manager Juande Ramos says the club is ready to challenge for the title
Juventus are in the race to become the first Italian team to reach the Champions League final, having won the first leg of the semi-finals last season.
A year ago, Juve lost their last four Serie A games to Real Madrid and Juventus’ record of eight consecutive wins from the group stage is now gone, and their fate rests with two matches to play.
The Nerazzurri coach spoke after the first half of their 4-0 win over Palermo at San Siro.
Juve’s win in the first match was a “big step” and a “very good result” in terms of confidence, Ramos said.
“It is important to win this match because it is the first time in a while that we have played against a big club.
We played with great intensity.
I would say the players were very confident,” he said.
Juventus are currently top of Serie A with an unbeaten record, but have been knocked out of the Champions league by Bayern Munich in the group stages of the last four years.
In a similar vein, Ramos spoke of the importance of winning away from home.
“I have seen that it is difficult to win against Real Madrid.
If you look at the last two games, we lost 3-0 and 4-1.
It is difficult and you need a big performance,” he added.
The Bianconeri face Sevilla in the final on Friday, while the final against Napoli will be played on Sunday.