Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned against complacency in Serie A this season, despite the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 33-year-old joined from Real Madrid in a club-record €112million deal last month and is in line to make his first appearance in Italy's top flight on Saturday, when the champions visit Chievo.
Ronaldo's arrival came as part of a substantial overhaul of the first team, with Joao Cancelo, Emre Can and Mattia Perin also joining, while Leonardo Bonucci returned from AC Milan and Douglas Costa secured a permanent move from Bayern Munich.
Allegri admits he has the strongest squad in the division at his disposal but insists they cannot take the Scudetto race for granted this term.
"The first game is a novelty. It's really interesting to see how teams play," he told a news conference ahead of the start of their title defence.
"Ronaldo has won five Ballons d'Or, he's been training for 10 days and you can see he's a different player. He's no ordinary footballer. He's an important motivator for all the other players.
Dupla vencedora pic.twitter.com/G1suQwIX7j— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) August 10, 2018
"We shouldn't think that, with Ronaldo, we'll win regardless. He brings extra value to our team.
"On paper, we're the strongest team in Serie A, but that's not enough We have to show that burning desire to go the extra mile every single day in order to get our rewards."
Allegri confirmed Ronaldo and Cancelo will make their full debuts on Saturday, while Bonucci will also start in defence and Wojciech Szczesny will play in goal.
Juve are chasing an eighth domestic crown in a row but the Champions League is considered to be the priority for their season, after two unsuccessful final appearances in the last four years.
But Allegri says they must not look beyond the group stage, which begins next month.
"Juve play every year to win every trophy," he said. "We've come close twice. But the main goal is to get through the group stage. If we had won it already, we could already be on holiday."
|Valverde surprised by Coutinho controversy|
|Sexton, Mako Vunipola return for European Champions Cup|
|Under-strength Hurricanes survive Sunwolves scare|
|Lingard admits top-four finish would be ´massive´ for Manchester United|
|Icardi planning Inter stay - agent Wanda Nara|
|Impossible to recreate Ajax model in Serie A – Spalletti|
|Elijah Holyfield set for NFL armed with fatherly advice and Georgia grounding|
|Guardiola ´delighted´ for Ajax boss Ten Hag|
|He can be an important player for us - Gattuso leaves door open for Silva|
|Medvedev stuns Djokovic to continue dream Monte Carlo run|
|Guardiola: Referees can still make mistakes with VAR|
|Te´o to depart Worcester Warriors amid rumours of Top 14 move|
|Odriozola suffers broken collarbone|
|Sheffield United 2 Nottingham Forest 0: Duffy sends Blades second|
|I really felt for them – Klopp sympathises with Manchester City´s VAR heartbreak|
|Champions League exit no title race advantage for Man City, says Guardiola|
|Mitchell magic seals golden-point win for Roosters|
|Kante: Chelsea not favourites for Europa League|
|Adelaide United 1 Melbourne Victory 0: Blackwood header snatches victory|
|Klopp applauds ´role model´ Salah after making Time magazine cover|
|Fabregas suffers calf injury ahead of PSG clash|
|Ronaldo is the future of Juventus - Allegri defends star after Champions League exit|
|Simeone: Costa issue is resolved|
|Khan always believed big nights would return as Crawford looms into view|
|Liverpool and Manchester City are miles ahead of the rest - Warnock|
|Wilder: Joshua fight is inevitable|
|There´s no other player like him - Rivaldo tips Messi for Ballon d´Or|
|Malone urges Nuggets response to ´hungry´ White|
|Fosu-Mensah returns to Man United from Fulham for knee surgery|
|Solskjaer claims some Manchester United stars ´need a reality check´|
|Brown lauds exceptional Simmons after Sixers take series lead|
|Maitland-Niles buoyed by Emery´s belief in Arsenal stars|
|Durant showed who he is – Kerr|
|Giroud will stay at Chelsea, insists Sarri|
|The big Friday Premier League quiz|
|Dodgers hold off Brewers|
|76ers win without Embiid, Warriors bounce back in big way|
|Knicks confident they will appeal to stars|
|Capitals´ Reirden heated after hit on ´defenseless´ Oshie|
|Brady, Edelman react to Gronkowski denting the Lombardi Trophy|
|Koulibaly not drawn on future after Napoli loss|
|Ancelotti backs Napoli squad despite Europa League disappointment|
|Ajax in Champions League semis is ´crazy´, says Vertonghen|
|Pochettino reflects on ´bad feelings´ during dramatic win|
|Embiid to miss 76ers´ game three against Nets|
|Lowry leads RBC Heritage, Johnson makes good start|
|Benfica boss Lage bemused by touchline dismissal|
|Arsenal favourites for Europa League - Marcelino|
|Milner hoping for third time lucky at Barcelona|
|This Week in US Sports: Lightning handed historic loss, Red Sox massively hungover|
|Emery expects Ramsey to be out for ´some weeks´|
|NFL Draft 2019: Should Cardinals take Murray or stick with Rosen?|
|It´s a big problem – Sarri baffled by Chelsea´s second-half woes|
|Hazard knock ´nothing serious´, hopes Sarri|
|Drop in intensity caused Chelsea´s Europa League fright – Giroud|
|Focused Crawford welcomes Sugar Ray Leonard comparisons|
|Giants GM Dave Gettleman shuts down Josh Rosen trade talk|
|Cas hold off Wakefield to win thrilling derby|
|Arsenal saw off Napoli with spirit - Koscielny|
|Napoli 0 Arsenal 1 (0-3 agg): Lacazette stunner sees Gunners coast through|
|Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Benfica 0 (4-4 agg): Hutter´s men through on away goals after controversial Ko|
|Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 agg): Sarri´s men reach semis despite alarming second half|
|Valencia 2 Villarreal 0 (5-1 agg): Lato and Parejo set up Arsenal semi-final clash|
|Sharapova comeback delayed after Stuttgart withdrawal|
|Arsenal hit the front despite Ramsey blow|
|Liverpool to match Barcelona´s ticket prices and subsidise supporters|
|Manchester City lay on Wembley coaches for fans|
|Pandya brothers, Chahar and Bumrah star in comprehensive Mumbai win|
|Rose, Smalling and Deeney launch PFA anti-racism campaign #Enough|
|Hazard set for second Europa League start of season|