Juventus, Ronaldo vie for first 2019 win at Italian Super Cup in Jeddah today

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri (left) and defender Giorgio Chiellini take part in a press conference at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah. (AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus target their first title of 2019 in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The one-off match is normally between the reigning Serie A and Italian Cup champions. As Juventus won both trophies last season, they will take on AC Milan, the losing Cup finalists, at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, in Jeddah.

It will the 10th time the Super Cup final has been played abroad in 31 editions, with the United States, China and Qatar hosting previous matches.

Serie A released information on how to get tickets by families in the 60,000-seater stadium.

The head of the Serie A, Gaetano Micciche, said the decision to play in Saudi Arabia as an historic one.

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Juventus’s Brazilian defender Alex Sandro said he was expecting “a different type of game”.

“I’ve been there (Jeddah) with Brazil already and I think the Saudis have taken a step forward. “They have a different fan base and culture, but I think it’ll be a good final.”

On the pitch, seven-time reigning Italian league champions Juventus -- powered by Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo -- will be looking to continue to steamroller their rivals.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side are unbeaten so far in Serie A, and will be pushing for their first title of the season, which they hope will also include the Champions League.

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in training at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah on January 15, 2019. (AFP)

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in training at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah on January 15, 2019. (AFP)

Ronaldo is top of the Serie A scorers chart with 14 goals since arriving last summer from Real Madrid on a 110-million-euro ($126 million) deal.

But Juventus’s record is mixed in recent Super Cups having won just one of the last four editions -- losing to AC Milan in 2016 and Lazio last year.

Milan’s players take part in training at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah on January 15, 2019, a day before the Supercoppa Italiana final against Juventus. (AFP)

Milan’s players take part in training at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah on January 15, 2019, a day before the Supercoppa Italiana final against Juventus. (AFP)

Both Juventus and AC Milan have won seven Super Cup titles each since the trophy was first awarded in 1988.

The game in Jeddah could also be a farewell one for AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain, who will be looking for revenge against his parent club Juventus ahead of a touted move to Chelsea.

Higuain -- who moved to Milan to make way for Ronaldo -- missed a penalty and was sent off when AC Milan lost 2-0 to Juventus the last time the two sides met in the league last November.

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