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Juventus as good as Real Madrid, says Tardelli

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Marco Tardelli, Juventus legend and Republic of Ireland assistant, believes his old club are on a par with Real Madrid, according to Goal.com

The 58-year-old midfielder played for Juve for 10 years between 1975-1985, making 259 Serie A appearances and scoring 35 times whilst also reaching 86 international caps and winning the World Cup in 1982.

Tardelli revealed that he thinks only Barcelona are better than the 'Old Lady', who have strengthened their squad this summer.

Strikers Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez are the highest profile signings along with highly rated young defender Angelo Ogbonna.

They join the already established big-name players such as Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini, Mirko Vucinic and legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Giovanni Trapattoni's assistant now feels that the defending Italian champions are in contention to be one of Europe's best.

"I don't think Juventus are inferior to Real Madrid. 

"Only Barcelona have more quality in my opinion and even they are not too far ahead. I don't think Bayern are stronger than Juve.

"I think Juventus have made some good signings. Tevez is a high-profile purchase. I have already seen Mirko Vucinic improve alongside him.

"And the signing of Ogbonna is a good deal, too. He's a player I have always liked."

Antonio Conte's men will have the chance to test Tardelli's theory in this years Champions League where they will meet Los Blancos in the group stages.

Last year they reached the quarter finals before succoumbing to the eventual Champions, Bayern Munich.

They were also drawn alongside Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen in Group A.

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