Monday November 19 2012
No Chelsea fear for Marchisio

Claudio Marchisio is confident that Juventus have the necessary experience to deal with the pressure of facing Chelsea in the Champions League.

The two teams meet in Turin on Tuesday in a tie which the Old Lady really need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 alive.

“Perhaps Chelsea have greater experience as far as the Champions League is concerned, given that we haven’t played in this competition for a few years,” the midfielder stated.

“However, there are many experienced international players in our squad and we’re prepared.

“We’re possibly approaching this game at the best possible moment, because we reacted well to the defeat against Inter.”

Juve need four points from their games against Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk to qualify from their group.

“We’ve ended up in one of the toughest sections of this year’s Champions League and will be facing  the defending European champions,” the Italian added.

“They’ve invested a great deal in the summer and bolstered their squad.

“It’s impossible to single out a player to fear though, the squad is their strength and this is precisely what led them to win last season’s trophy.

“We’ve got great respect for Chelsea, but we’ll do all we can to go through.”

Juventus were only in action on Saturday night when they were held by Lazio, but Marchisio is adamant that his teammates are ready to battle.

“Tiredness won’t be an issue. Such big games help you find added energy and anyone would want to be involved in them.

“We’ve not had a lot of time to prepare, but the most important thing is to maintain the same desire displayed against Norsjaelland, Pescara and Lazio.

“Granted, we didn’t win the last game, but the attitude was spot on. We also hope to step out into a red-hot atmosphere at the stadium, because the help of our fans is crucial.”

Marchisio was also asked for an opinion on Juventus’ problems in attack given that no ‘top player’ was signed in the summer and they failed to hit the net against the Biancocelesti.

“I don’t think we have a problem in attack. Let us not forget that we are scoring more than we did last season, while we have the best attack and defence in Serie A.”

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