The Straits Times
Published on Feb 02, 2013

Juve good enough to win Champions League, says Anelka


(REUTERS) - Serie A leaders Juventus are strong enough to win the Champions League this season for the third time in their history, new signing Nicolas Anelka said on Friday.

The much-travelled former France striker joined the Italian giants in January on a five-month deal, ending a one-year spell with China's Shanghai Shenhua.

Juventus, who won the European Cup in 1985 and 1996, are three points clear of second-placed Napoli at the top of Serie A and will travel to Celtic in a Champions League last-16 first leg tie on Feb. 12.

"It is a very difficult competition," Anelka told Juventus TV, referring to the Champions League. "When you start out you never know if you'll be able to win it.