Juventus are set to face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, and vice president Pavel Nedved believes they are ready for the challenge.
The Italians might consider themselves unlucky to come up against the team who beat them 3-1 in the 2015 final in Berlin, but their former star winger and current veep believes they are better prepared for the challenge this time around.
"It’s a fascinating tie," the former Czech Republic international told the club’s official website.
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"We know what a strong side Barcelona are, but we must be brave and take the game to them. I believe that we’ve reached Barcelona’s level this season.
"We’ve come on a long way since the last time we crossed paths in the 2015 final and I believe that this is the right time to be facing them again.
"Juventus needs to concentrate on its own game. Of course we must show Barcelona the right amount of respect, but not too much because then you begin to feel fear and that’s completely the wrong approach."
⚽️⛔️ Best defence v best attack! ⚽️?
Juve: 2 goals conceded
Barca: 26 goals scored
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Juve will welcome Barca to Turin for the first leg on Tuesday 11th April, and Nedved is not bothered about the prospect of concluding the tie at Camp Nou on April 19th.
"I don’t mind going to the Camp Nou for the return leg. In these kinds of matches it doesn’t matter where you’re playing. If we want to reach the next round then we must do something out of the ordinary, but we feel ready."