Thursday September 27 2012
Pirlo expects long Euro journey

Andrea Pirlo is confident that Juventus can make an impact on their return to the Champions League.

The Bianconeri began their European Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw at Chelsea and the playmaker is hoping that is the start of a special journey.

“I hope we can go all the way, but it's a tough competition with big teams taking part,” the Italian international told Champions Matchday.

“Still, we have every chance to go a long way. I don't know if we can even win it, but we will surely try.”

Pirlo took no part in the 2011-12 competition given Juventus’ failure to qualify for Europe, but he knows what it takes to succeed given his success in the tournament with Milan.

“That special Champions League melody has allowed me to experience great emotions,” he added.  “I missed it a lot last season, but now we are back on this fantastic European stage. We will try to do as well as possible.”

The Old Lady have been placed in Group E and will also come up against Shakhtar Donetsk and Nordsjaelland.

“We all know Chelsea, they are the defending European champions,” Pirlo continued. “As for Shakhtar, they play good football.

“I know Mircea Lucescu because I had him as a Coach at Brescia when I was starting out.

“We don’t know the Danes that well yet, but we will play with the same mentality whether we are home or away.”