Football Italian.it/2o5e5Z0 The Champions League group stage draws to a close and the winners will earn a place in the next round of the Champions League.
The Italian champions, Juventus, are fighting for their second successive trophy in the competition.
Despite a lack of silverware, Juventus’ win over Atalanta in the semi-finals is the first in the history of the competition to be decided in this manner.
It was a great win for the Nerazzurri, who are on course to qualify for the next stage of the tournament by virtue of the aggregate score of the two matches between the two clubs.
It is the second time Juventus have qualified for the Champions Leagues, with a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in the 2011 competition.
Juventus won the first leg 1-0 at the Bernabeu and the result will be crucial for the Italian side to progress from the group stages.
Juventus had only been able to qualify as runners-up in the previous season’s competition, losing 2-0 to Milan in the Champions Europa League.
Despite this, the Bianconeri are still on track for the best result in the league.
The Serie A champions are currently ranked third in the Serie B table, ahead of Roma and Udinese.
In a recent poll, the Italian press also put Juve ahead of Juventus, with both clubs boasting around 90% of the vote.
However, the result is dependent on the result of the other four matches of the group stage.
Juventus beat Roma in the final and Udini by 0-0.
Udinese also beat Roma but lost 3-1 in the penalty shootout.
The result is crucial for Juventus as it gives them a better chance to reach the final stage of competition, as they will face a Milan side that finished the season in 11th place.
Juventus are now on course for a fifth consecutive Champions League title, having been runners- up in both the 2010 and 2011 competitions.
The Bianconerri are currently the second best side in the Italian league, behind Juventus.
Juve are currently second in Serie A, behind Roma.
Juventus have not lost a competitive fixture in Serie B since they were relegated in 2009.
The current squad has won 16 of the past 17 matches played.
The team’s goal difference ratio of 1.14 is the highest in Serie E, with Juventus conceding just 0.7 goals per game.
The Juventus defence is led by Gianluigi Buffon, who leads the team in goals (24), assists (14), clearances (12) and tackles (6).
Buffon has also won the Serie E Golden Boot award twice.
Juventus currently sit second in the table behind Fiorentina, with six points from four games.
They are currently third in Serie D, with eight points from three matches.
Juventus need to win at home against Milan on Sunday to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the second round of play.