Juventus kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign this season with only one aim in mind, winning this title. They have strengthened the squad extremely well this season signing up Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves, Juan Cuadrado, Marko Pjaca and Medhi Benatia to strength all across the pitch. The team have started out the new season in fantastic fashion in the league dominating over the pitch and winning all 3 of their games so far. With the squad Juventus had last year and even this year, they should be able to walk through the Italian Serie A and will have their full aim set on this tournament. Since the 2013-14 season, Juventus have not lost a single game on their home patch. They were able to successful navigate a strong 2-0 win against Sevilla in the first round last year, and will be aiming to put in a similar performance again.
Sevilla have lost their successful manager Unai Emery and that has bought about defensive vulnerabilities as was season from a 10 game thriller against Espanyol where they conceded 4 goals and a lucky 2-1 win against Las Palmas on the weekend. As Sevilla are typically a selling club, they sold of some key players instrumental in their success in last years Europa League including Krychowiak, Immobile, Gameiro, Coke, Banega, Llorente and Konoplyanka. In their place, manager Sampaoli has signed on Vietto, Ganso, Nasri, Ben Yedder, Correa – all of whom could be considered mid-tier players and not necessarily the world class players that Sevilla would need to be competitive in this competition. In a group that includes Juventus, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla will be aiming to come in 2nd, and might not necessarily be upset if they come third and go back into the UEFA Europa League again.
Juventus have already hit their stride early on this campaign, and I am expecting another strong offensive performance from them in front of their home fans, and they should be able to net 2 goals in this contest.