A Champions League season without Cristiano Ronaldo?
Coming season possible
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For nine years, Juventus was the measure of all things in Italian football.
It has been clear since last week that Turin will not be able to expand the championship series.
Now Juventus threatens to miss superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, even the Champions League.
In a direct duel for a qualification place for the premier class, AC Milan lost 0: 3 (0: 1).
Brahim Díaz (45th minute), Ante Rebić (78th) and Fikayo Tomori (82nd) scored for Milan, who jumped past Juventus into third place in the Italian Serie A.
Because SSC Napoli had already won at Spezia Calcio on Saturday, Juventus even fell to fifth place three game days before the end of the season, the first place that no longer qualifies for a start in the Champions League.
With now one point behind Napoli fourth, Juventus is dependent on shooting help in the remaining games of the season.
To do this, Turin would first have to win all three games themselves.
The tendency speaks against it: from the last five games, the team of coach Andrea Pirlo, who is under criticism, only won two wins.
Milan and the right angle
Juventus conceded two dream goals against Milan, although the first was preceded by an uncertainty from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.
He headed a free-kick cross from Hakan Çalhanoğlu's right half-field into the feet of Díaz, who let his opponent get out and curled the ball into the right angle (45 ').
Rebić had also chosen the right angle for his goal, albeit after the break: from around 20 meters he shot the ball so precisely into the kink that Szczęsny did not even jump (78th).
Matthijs de Ligt was still falsifying slightly.
The fact that it was only 2-0 was due to Szczęsny, who had previously saved a penalty from Frank Kessie (58th).
Tomori headed the decision in the final phase (82nd).
Juventus faces a horror season if they miss the Champions League.
Pirlo, who had previously had no coaching experience, actually started last August in order to win the Champions League for the first time since 1996 in addition to the permanent subscription to the national title.
Instead, they failed in the second round at FC Porto.
In addition, you are currently exposed to legal trouble.
Because the Turinese want to get out of the Champions League anyway.
Juventus is seen as one of the driving forces behind the plans for a Super League.
On Friday, Uefa threatened again with consequences against the remaining three clubs, which also include Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.