Antonio Conte assures Juventus have ‘no fear’ when taking on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tomorrow night.
The two giants clash in Madrid on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) for the Champions League.
“This game gives us huge motivation. Something imponderable happened in Florence, but in football this can happen. The numbers say we create a great deal,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
He was referring to Sunday’s shock 4-2 defeat at Fiorentina, after his side had been 2-0 up until past the hour mark.
The Bianconeri’s form in Europe has not been better with two draws against Copenhagen and Galatasaray, both after going behind.
“We will play our game at the Bernabeu against one of the most successful clubs in the world. Tomorrow we’ll have to know how to suffer under pressure, but we must also be able to hurt them.
“We respect Real Madrid, but have no fear. We are stepping on to the field well aware of our capabilities. This is going to be very tough, but it is an opportunity for us to give our all and prove ourselves too.
“Tomorrow’s result will mean nothing in terms of qualification, whether we win or lose, as there are still another three games to go. We have to prove we’re up to the standard of this great football stage, not with words, but on the pitch.
“I tip my hat to Carlo Ancelotti for his extraordinary career. It was great to have him as my Coach at Juventus.”
Carlos Tevez will start, while Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella and Stephan Lichtsteiner are sidelined.
“Tevez has had a very positive impact at Juve. He sets the example in terms of quality and hard work he puts into everything.
“Fernando Llorente is in good shape, he is at my disposal with the rest of the squad and I will make my decisions tomorrow.”
Gigi Buffon has been criticised recently for his form, though some have said old age has made him ‘merely human’ after years of heroics.
“Buffon is a champion as a football player and as a man. He is a guarantee for me and always will be,” added Conte.