It does not get more difficult than this for Juventus if they are to lift the Champions League trophy in the 2019-20 season.
UEFA today conducted the draw for the final rounds of the Champions League and Europa League tournaments, and have set the Bianconeri a path that is littered with big teams, and all that is if they can overcome the 1-0 deficit against Lyon to begin with, starting on Friday, August 7th in Turin.
Champions League quarter-finals draw (August 12, 13, 14, 15)
Real Madrid/Manchester City v Juventus/Olympique Lyon
RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid
Napoli/Barcelona v Chelsea/Bayern Munich
Atalanta v PSG
Semi-finals draw (August 18, 19)
Manchester City/Real Madrid/Juventus/Lyon v Barcelona/Napoli/Bayern Munich/Chelsea
RB Leipzig/Atletico Madrid v Atalanta/PSG
Final (August 23)
The knockout rounds will all be played in a World Cup style, one-legged tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.
Speaking after the draw, Juve Vice President Pavel Nedved stressed the importance of ‘getting to Portugal’ before dreaming of anything else.
“First and foremost, we have to get through the Round of 16 and are well aware there is a very difficult second leg that awaits us.
“The draw is very exciting, but it’s always difficult to choose an opponent from the quarter-finals onwards, as all the teams are strong at this stage. Real Madrid and Manchester City are two candidates for the trophy and in any case a very difficult clash.
“Now our objective is to get to Portugal. This new format, with three knockout games, is very interesting for the whole football world, especially as it is played during a period where normally there is no football.”