Friday October 25 2013
Barzagli has Champions League faith

Andrea Barzagli is convinced Juventus can reach the last 16 of the Champions League – even if they are yet to win in the competition this season.

The Old Lady, beaten by eventual winners Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals last term, have only collected draws against FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray. They lost 2-1 at Real Madrid this week.

“It was a great feeling to play at the Bernabeu,” the 32-year-old told JTV on Friday afternoon.

“It’s a wonderful stadium and Real are a fine team. But on Wednesday night we showed that we’re capable of competing with them.

“We know we must put in a great performance in the return game, but we’ll also be able to count on the great boost provided by playing in front of our fans.

“Our route out of the group has become difficult but we know we can still get through – especially after our display in Madrid.”

Juventus are going through a rough patch of form considering that they were beaten 4-2 at Fiorentina last Sunday – after taking a 2-0 lead. Genoa are next in Serie A.

“We need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible in order to forget what happened in Florence,” continued the stopper.

“Genoa have recently changed Coach and I think they’ll come here to sit back and put bodies behind the ball.

“The championship is more open this year, with Napoli and Roma proving well-equipped rivals.

“We’ve got our sights firmly fixed on the title, winning the third Scudetto in a row would represent a historic achievement for both the players and club.”

Juventus have surprisingly struggled at the back seeing as they have conceded 10 goals in just eight Serie A ties.

“We know we’ve got to improve. It’s not that we’re giving that much more away this season, we just need to cut down on the individual mistakes that have barely occurred over the last two years. “

The former Palermo player was netted for a nominal fee from Wolfsburg in January 2011 and he’s keen to hang up his boots in Turin.

“Playing for Juventus is a privilege for any footballer. I hope to be able to end my career here.”