Wednesday December 5 2012
Chiellini: 'Juve can fight anyone'

Giorgio Chiellini believes Juventus “proved we can challenge anyone in Europe,” but hopes they don’t draw Real Madrid.

The Bianconeri won their group thanks to a 1-0 victory away to Shakhtar Donetsk, eliminating reigning Champions League holders Chelsea.

“We proved again tonight that we are a great team who can challenge anyone in Europe. I think Shakhtar Donetsk can go all the way and are one of the form teams right now, so winning here was a huge achievement,” said the defender.

“We gave 110 per cent here tonight and it was a shame we risked to the very end, as we probably deserved to score more goals.”

He made his comeback from a calf injury and had looked ready to come off after around 30 minutes in Ukraine.

“My calf got hard towards the end of half-time and I asked for Martin Caceres to warm up so I wouldn’t leave my teammates unprepared. It started to relax a bit and so I was able to continue.”

Juventus go through as group leaders, so will be seeds in the draw, but there are some dangers in the second pot such as Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.

“It would be a great shame and paradoxical for us to finish top of the group and draw Real Madrid, but either way we have proved Juventus are tough and can challenge anybody.”

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