Cape Town - Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has urged his
players to "have fun" in the Champions League this season, saying
they "must be carefree when taking to the field".
It is 24 years since the Old Lady last won Europe's elite club
competition while they have been beaten finalists on five occasions since their
They were last in the final in the 2016-2017 campaign, when
Real Madrid proved too good while Barcelona bet them 3-1 in 2014-15.
Juve were held to a 2-2 draw by Atletico Madrid in their
opener and will want to take all three points when Bayer Leverkusen come
calling on Tuesday evening.
Sarri knows how important Europe's elite club competition is
but wants his men to stay focused on domestic matters as well.
"The Champions League is really the top competition for
a player and coach, but at the same time we should also have fun," said
the former Chelsea chief.
"The only objective I've set for myself is to get
through the group, then we'll see. We must be carefree when taking to the
field. The Champions League mustn't become an obsession."
The Bianconeri's Serie A dominance is being challenged by
inter this season, with the Nerazzurri top of the standings after a perfect
start to proceedings.
Antonio Conte's men have 18 points from six games and lead
Juve by two points at the early stage of the campaign.
Nobody in Turin will be too worried, however, as they have
risen to every challenge over the past decade and are gunning for a night
straight title this time around.
- TeamTalk Media