Juventus can win Champions League next year, says Lippi

The current Guangzhou Evergrande boss is optimistic about the Bianconeri's chances in Europe in 2014-15 and feels a Europa League triumph this year will lift the club

Former Juventus coach Marcello Lippi believes the Serie A champions have the potential to go all the way in the Champions League next season.

The Turin giants made it to the quarter-finals of European club football's elite competition last term, while they failed to get out of the group stages this campaign.

However, Lippi has little doubt that they will do better in 2014-15 and even thinks they can win the competition with a bit of luck - particularly if they seal a Europa League triumph this season.

"Juventus are a team full of potential. They continue to grow and become stronger and stronger," Lippi was quoted as saying by Tuttosport.

"They can already go all the way in the Champions League next season. Obviously, a lot depends on the draw if you are to go far in the Champions League and you always need a bit of luck.

"Aside from a few summer signings, what Juventus need is to take their winning mentality to Europe, too. They have dominated Serie A in recent years and are clearly the strongest domestically. This confidence and enthusiasm will serve them well in the Champions League.

"It would benefit them if they beat one or two big teams in Europe. It would be a huge confidence boost if they can pull this off early in the competition. Winning the Europa League would also be a boost."

Juventus meet Benfica in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

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