Ogbonna: Juve can compete for Champions League without Pogba

The ex-Bianconeri defender believes the club will “miss” the Manchester United-bound star but still expects them to be right in the mix to win Europe's elite club competition

Former Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna insists the Serie A champions can still win the Champions League this season despite the expected departure of Paul Pogba.

Pogba will undergo a medical at Manchester United as the 23-year-old nears a return to Old Trafford for a world-record fee, having left the Premier League club in 2012.

Despite the France international's impending departure, Ogbonna - now at West Ham after swapping Turin for London in 2015 - believes the Bianconeri can taste glory in European competition this term.

"I think they can [compete for the Champions League]," Ogbonna told Gazzetta dello Sport following Sunday's 3-2 loss to Juventus at the Olympic Stadium.

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"They have a really good team and squad.

"They'll miss [Paul] Pogba but they've got [Miralem] Pjanic and [Gonzalo] Higuain, so they've got a lot of quality and not much will change."

Andy Carroll scored twice as West Ham overturned a 2-0 deficit, before Simone Zaza scored in the 86th minute to lift Juventus to a late victory in the friendly affair between the two sides.