Juventus will face Romelu Lukaku immediately after he left Serie A, as the Bianconeri are drawn Chelsea in Group H of the Champions League. But the reigning champions are not the only threat.
The rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo’s farewell has overshadowed the Old Lady’s draw in the prestigious competition, as they are placed in Group H with Chelsea, Malmö FF and Zenit St Petersburg.
Juventus have faced the Blues four times in the Champions League and lost once against the Londoners in 2009.
The Bianconeri have played 2-2 in two of the matches and won 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium in 2012. This time, Chelsea are defending the trophy from 2020-21 and have reinforced their squad with Inter striker Lukaku, who left the Serie A champions earlier this month.
Russian opponents Zenit St Petersburg have played two games against Juventus in the Champions League, when the two met in the group stage back in 2008.
Alessandro Del Piero probably remembers the first leg well, as he bagged a nice free kick, but couldn’t help the Bianconeri overcome the Russian giants in the second leg, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Massimiliano Allegri will also look forward to a special meeting against Malmö FF, who were his first opponents in the competition with Juventus in 2014.
Juventus then won 2-0 in both games against the Swedes, who were a great European force back in the 1980s.