Italian giants Juventus have once again felt the sting of their own malice as La Vecchia Signora have been docked ten points in the wake of a verdict passed down by the Federal Court of Appeal regarding capital gains.
As reported by football insider Fabrizio Romano and other sources, the ten points deducted from the club’s current total of 69-points, after having their points restored after an initial deduction earlier this season, would see the club fall out of the top four and into seventh while sitting five points adrift of bitter rivals AC Milan who would take command of the final remaining CL place.
Things will then come to a head across the final two weekends in the Italian top flight on account of the fact that, at the time of writing, Juve is 2-0 down against bottom-half outfit Empoli. Juventus would need to extract maximum points from their final two matches of the season while getting a ton of help from elsewhere as well as clashing directly with Milan in a home tie on matchday 37.
As things stand, Juventus missing out on the Champions League would cause a ripple effect in the group stage pots for the tournament next season, moving Premier League runner-up Arsenal into pot 2, Milan into pot 3, and guaranteeing Lazio would finish in the top four and thus an official return into Europe’s top club competition.
The Pot 2 minefield would be one of the most difficult to negotiate in recent memory, with Arsenal joining Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig, and FC Porto at the time of writing. While these pots are not officially confirmed and the landscape may still shift once again before the conclusion of the season across Europe, next season’s group stage is already shaping up nicely.