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Ronaldo is coming home – along with United’s possible defeat

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  • Ronaldo is coming home – along with United’s possible defeat

    The 2010-11 footballing season will be fondly remembered as one of Manchester United’s most memorable seasons as they romped their way to a record-breaking 19th league title. The Red Devils reached the UEFA Champions League Final too and although they suffered heartbreak at the hands of Barcelona, the club will fondly remember the season as the one where they finally knocked Liverpool “off their perch”. England’s greatest club marvelled.
    The same season was one to forget for Juventus. The Bianconeri laboured their way to finish a mediocre seventh, repeating their final position from the previous season. Their struggles were laid bare when they couldn’t even progress from a Europa League group containing Lech Poznan, a Polish team that would finish fifth in their respective league that same season. Italy’s greatest club suffered.
    The reason for bringing up the 2010-11 season is to highlight how drastically fortunes have changed for both clubs since then.
    When Manchester United takes on Juventus in their upcoming UEFA Champions’ League Group H clash, the football fraternity will expect a spectacle between England’s most successful versus Italy’s most successful. They will meet at the Theatre of Dreams with a rampant Juventus strongly backed to continue their best start to a season. United, on the other hand, will be desperate to end their woes. It will be difficult though, as Juventus are playing with a swagger that makes them the team to beat. In truth, they have been like that for the most part of the previous seven seasons.
    Ever since that fateful 2010-11 season, Juventus have been perfect in the league, winning the Serie A in all seven seasons – an Italian record for consecutive wins. During this time, they also tasted victory in four Coppa Italias and were runners-up in the Champions League twice. This season, Juventus are on their best start ever (10 wins out of 11) and have a squad containing world class athletes such as Miralem Pjanic, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonnuci, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and five time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. They have been so good that even Romelu Lukaku wants to join them! Cometh Tuesday, the players wearing the famous black and white stripes will be raring to go.