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Juve aiming for Champions League return

SoccerNews in Serie A, UEFA Champions League 31 Aug 2011

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New Juventus signing Andrea Pirlo believes winning a Champions League place next season is a ‘basic objective’ for the club.

The 32-year-old midfielder joined the likes of Arturo Vidal and Mirko Vucinic as new arrivals in Turin this season as Juve hope to improve on their seventh-place finish in the Serie A last term.

With only the top two sides in Serie A gaining automatic entry to Europe’s premier club competition, and the third going through the qualifiers, Juventus will need to improve, but that is something Pirlo is confident his team will do.

“The most important thing for Juventus, Inter Milan or AC Milan is to try to win and reach the Champions League,” Pirlo said.

“These are the basic objectives. We know that we’re working in order to reduce the gap and we’re sure we’ll be able to do it thanks to our everyday work. All players want to start winning again, therefore this is a real objective.”

Pirlo also explained the reasons for his switch from AC Milan to Juve, saying he needed a new challenge.

“I had decided to leave since I needed to find other incentives: after 10 years I couldn’t feel the willingness to do something special anymore,” he said.

“When I started to feel like this, I decided to change since I still want to play and win. I’ll make another experience and this is a choice I’ve made on my own.”

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