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    04.12.2017 20:30 - in: Champions League S

    Barzagli: “We cannot fail”

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    Andrea Barzagli stresses the importance of tomorrow’s final UEFA Champions League group game against Olympiacos

    TOMORROW’S IMPORTANCE

    It would be unthinkable for us not to qualify, tomorrow’s match is essential for us, qualifying for the knockout round is our first objective of the season."

    "We understand the importance of the game and we know that it is not going to be easy for us, the first match against Olympiacos at home was complicated and now we are playing in their stadium. They are a physical team and know how to defend well, so we have to be focused and careful tomorrow because it is a complicated game.”

    BUILDING ON A GREAT WIN

    “I sincerely believe that we are doing well, because victories like that against Napoli provides everyone with confidence. We are very calm and also very focused ahead of tomorrow’s crucial game, we all have the challenge of Olympiacos in mind.”

    “I think that Juve’s strength over the last few years has been that of the group. The mentality of the club has always been the same, it is in the DNA of the club to win. On Friday, it was a tough match for us in a difficult atmosphere, but we came through it and performed well, and this will give us an extra boost as we face this very tough period.”

    TEAM IMPROVEMENT

    “We studied what we can do to improve lately, and I think it’s important that the team has the desire to defend and to not want to concede goals, and possibly this is something that we unconsciously have lacked. We kept a clean sheet in our last three matches, so clearly, we must be doing something well defensively. These are a result of how the whole team has been prepared to defend and work extremely hard for one another. Everyone has been contributing to the defensive phase of play, which is a huge help.”

    “Tomorrow is about the whole team, not just the defenders, we are a group made to win, we are 25 important players and those who play, play because they deserve to. It doesn’t matter who plays tomorrow, it’s reaching the objective that counts."

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