Huge gap between Bayern & Juventus, admits Nedved

The former Bianconeri midfielder feels Italian clubs need to make a step up, but is hopeful they can do so in the not too distant future

Juventus director Pavel Nedved has admitted the gap between the club and the likes of Bayern Munich is “huge” and getting bigger each season.

The Bavarians recorded two comfortable wins over fellow Italian side Roma in this year’s edition of the competition and Nedved feels Serie A teams lack the quality to challenge the biggest teams in Europe at this stage.

“The gap between Bayern and Juventus and the other Italian teams is huge,” Nedved told Tuttosport.

“We all saw proof of this when Bayern and Juve met two years ago, even if they weren’t as glamorous as against Roma this season.

“Italian football is no longer at the heights from the past and we all see that.”

Nedved, however, is confident that Italian football can eventually rise again and urged other clubs to follow their financial model.

“I am convinced that Italian football can become great again.

“Juventus own their stadium and it’s sold out each game. Other clubs should follow this example.”

Juventus have not made it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League since reaching the final in 2002-03.

They currently sit third in Group A with six points from four games.

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