NEWS
Tuesday February 23 2016
Breitner: ‘Juventus have no chance’

Bayern Munich legend Paul Breitner says Juventus “have no chance” if his old side play to their “normal level”.

The Bianconeri face the German giants in the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie in Turin tonight, and five-time Bundesliga winner says the Bavarians are on a different level.

“I don’t see any danger, the reality is that Bayern are one of the top clubs in Europe,” Breitner told Goal.

“In recent years they’ve dominated along with Barcelona and Real Madrid. For the Bavarians the Bundesliga is like homework, the Champions League is the exams.

“We have to show our class over the two games, but if we do that we won’t have to worry about anything. If I’m strong then I don’t have to worry about my opponent.

“If we play at our normal level, Juventus will have no chance. The same would be true of PSG [Paris Saint-Germain], it’s only against Barcelona or Real Madrid you need to really perform at the maximum.

“Among the teams we could have faced I think PSG were the strongest, there isn’t a difference between Juve and the others.

“Are they stronger than teams like Gent? Whoever says that doesn’t see what’s happening in Belgian football. They’ve produced great players in the last few years. Remember my words when Wolfsburg get knocked out.

“We can compare what’s happening in Belgium to what happened in Germany in 2010. There’s a process of change, the players are improving and so they’re starting to have success.

“Juventus’ defence? I’m not worried. We’ve seen in every game so far that every team has defended against us with nine-men behind the ball hoping to get a 0-0.

“I played Italian opposition in the 70s, they way they played then is the way they play now. The Italians are born to play nil-nil, to defend.

“I don’t see that changing in the near future.”

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