Juventus: Andrea Pirlo dreams of Champions League title

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo has said he dreams of victory in next season's Champions League after Juventus secured back-to-back Serie A title triumphs on Sunday.

Pirlo, 33, started in the win against Palermo that confirmed Juve as Italian champions with four games to play.

Despite dominating domestically, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition.

"It is a dream to win the Champions League with Juventus, hopefully even from next season," the midfielder said.

"Europe was a dream this season and a novelty for many of the Juve players."

Although they edged out holders Chelsea to qualify for the knockout rounds of this season's Champions League, Juventus were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by finalists Bayern Munich in their one-sided last-eight clash.

That result ended their hopes of a third victory in the cup, 17 years after they last claimed the trophy with victory on penalties against Dutch side Ajax.

Although they suffered disappointment in Europe, top scorer Arturo Vidal's second-half penalty against their relegation-threatened opponents gave Juve an unassailable 14-point lead over second-placed Napoli in Serie A.

That goal extended their record breaking number of Italian titles to 29, a figure that excludes the 2004-05 and 2005-06 titles of which they were stripped after an Italian Football Federation ruling on match-fixing allegations.

Successive Serie A wins mark a remarkable resurgence for the Turin club, as they were additionally relegated to the second division for the 2006-07 season and given a nine-point deduction.

"The difference from last year is that we had nothing to lose, whereas this time we were under an obligation to win because otherwise it would have been treated as a failure," Italy 2006 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon told Mediaset.

"There was a lot of responsibility on our shoulders as it isn't easy to win in that situation."

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