Another big season awaits Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus with challenging fixtures awaiting them in four different competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back and as determined as ever to reclaim Serie A glory and help Juventus win a first Champions League title since 1996.
Despite a summer filled with uncertainty over his future, Ronaldo is set to stay for another year at least. The forward showed up for pre-season training on Monday and is now raring to go. He has linked up with Massimiliano Allegri once again in what will be his fourth campaign in Turin.
So ahead of the 2021/22 season, Ace Football gives you the latest information on the upcoming fixtures.
Juventus have already played one friendly this summer. It took place last Saturday against Serie C side Cesena. Allegri’s men won 3-1 on the day following goals from Koni De Winter, Weston McKennie, and Matias Soule.
The next friendly coming up is on this Saturday. Juventus will pay a visit to Serie B side Monza for the 25th edition of the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy. Ronaldo could return to action in this match, along with several other stars.
Then it’s the big one on August 8 as Juventus take a trip to Camp Nou to face Barcelona. For full details on this match, check out the link here.
The Bianconeri’s nine-year winning streak in Serie A ended last season, and they barely made the top-four. Reclaiming the title, therefore, is a priority. It would be an immediate statement of intent. And with Allegri back as manager, expectations will be high over in northern Italy.
Ronaldo and Juventus kick off their league campaign with a trip to Udinese on August 22. After facing Empoli six days later, a crucial double-header against Napoli (September 12) and AC Milan (September 19) awaits. They won’t face title holders Inter Milan until October 24 at San Siro.
Winning Serie A would be nice, but the Champions League is what Ronaldo and co really want. Juventus have a solid record in the competition under Allegri, having reached the final twice in 2015 and 2017. Going one better in 2021/22 will be tough, but not impossible either.
As of today, Juventus’ fixtures for the Champions League are yet to be released. The Bianconeri are one of the 26 clubs in the competition. The ongoing qualifying rounds will determine the last six teams. UEFA will then hold a group stage draw to decide the next round of games.
* The below fixtures show the qualifying rounds only.
Ronaldo and Juventus won’t begin the defense of their Coppa Italia title until the Round of 16 in January 2022.
At the moment, the competition itself won’t begin until Serie B and Serie C clubs play each other in the preliminary rounds between August 7-8.
Thanks to their Coppa Italia title last season, Ronaldo and Juventus will face Serie A champions Inter Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana. No date has been set for this match yet.