It has been reported that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Juventus can be rated among the Champions League favourites.
The Frenchman believes Italian football is on the up.
The 63 year old told Tuttosport : “Juventus should not be considered a surprise,”.
“They are a team of rank, they are already well established in terms of performances, squad, club organisation and staff.
“We are talking about a really solid team who are amongst the group of favourites.
“I don’t agree with those who claim that Italian clubs are behind the rest in Europe. There is no gap – Milan and Napoli should also not be taken lightly.”