Because less players equal more space to pass and move


Italian football received a big boost in the summer of 2018 when Serie A holders Juventus made a big transfer coup by signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Old Lady paid an initial fee of €100m to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and the major reason behind his signing was clear. Juventus had been the dominant force in Italian football for several years and they needed to transfer that domestic form into European football. The Old Lady wanted to dominate European football especially the Champions League just like what was obtainable with Italian football. Juventus had been the number one team in Italian football for the better part of the last one decade but they have not tasted success in Europe since winning the Champions League at the end of the 1995/96. Ronaldo is referred to as Mr. Champions League due to his prowess and his signing was the right thing for Juventus to do but it has not worked out so far. Cristiano Ronaldo has not been able to lead Juventus to Champions League glory. As a matter of fact, the Italian champions have not gone beyond the quarterfinals in his three seasons at the club. This is in stark contrast to his time at Real Madrid when he led the Spanish team to four Champions League titles in his nine years at the club. Ronaldo was at Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018. He has one year left on his current Juventus deal and time is running out for him and the club to achieve the main purpose behind his transfer, Champions League glory.

In his first season at Juventus, a youthful Ajax Amsterdam team was responsible for the exit of the Old Lady at the quarterfinal stage. In his second season(last season), French giants Lyon eliminated Juventus at the round of 16 and the same thing happened this season after the Champions Leagueexit at the hands of FC Porto of Portugal on Tuesday night.