Lippi tips Juve for European glory

Marcello Lippi feels Juventus have a great chance of winning the Champions League this season as he pits his former club as "among the favourites" to lift the trophy.

The 68-year-old, who managed the Serie A giants between 1994 and 1999, and again from 2001 to 2004, has been impressed by the way the side have matured under Massimiliano Allegri.

The Italian manager guided Juventus to two successive league titles, while they also reached the 2015 Champions League final where they lost to Barcelona.

And Lippi, who won all there was to win during his time with the club, feels they stand a great chance of going all the way in this year's competition ahead of their last-16 first leg clash with Porto on Wednesday.

The current China boss told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Is heresy to say that Juve are among the favourites? No,”

"It would be wrong to say that since they reached the final in 2015 and they’re stronger now, that means they’ll win. That’s a forced equation. There are important signs though."

He added: "They have the one big thing which I insist on: self-esteem and the belief that you can play big games with big teams.

"Juve have already taken this path: Borussia [Dortmund], Real Madrid, with Bayern they came back by a miracle last year, the same with Barcelona who, if things had taken a different turn, could have lost that final.

"Then there’s another important detail: the favourites are no longer ‘impossible’ like before. Barça are risking elimination, Bayern swept Arsenal aside but that’s not a decisive test…

“Porto are a very good team, well-Coached by Nuno [Esprito Santo]. They have a good attitude and solidity.

“That said, there’s no doubt a concentrated and attentive Juve, aiming to establish themselves this season, will prevail. Starting with the away leg."