Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Juventus can be rated among the Champions League favourites.

Wenger believes Italian football is on the up.

"Juventus should not be considered a surprise," Wenger told Tuttosport. "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."

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