Antonio Conte believes this season’s Champions League draw represents an intriguing prospect as he aims to better last season’s quarter-final finish by keeping the Bianconeri’s European ambitions burning right until the very end.
The 44-year-old is no stranger to epic European nights at the Bernabeu and, after his side were drawn against Real Madrid in Group B, his first thoughts were focused on the promise of yet another epic battle between the two giants of world football.
Speaking from the club’s training base in Vinovo, Conte began: “Real are one of the favourites for the trophy and are also one of Juventus’ historic European rivals. Taking on such a prestigious side will be a great motivation for us.
“Galatasaray are a team to be feared, they possess considerable qualities and can count on a red-hot atmosphere for their home games. We learnt about Danish football from last year’s experience with Nordsjaelland and know that we also need to remain fully alert against FC Copenhagen.”
Conte claims his men will be enriched by last year’s experience of Europe’s elite competition and better equipped for the challenges that will inevitably come their way over the course of the six testing group encounters.
He concluded: “As opposed to last season, we’re now all fully aware of what lies ahead, the feelings experienced and difficulties faced when coming up against the world’s best teams. We’ll tackle the competition with greater experience and awareness, but also with a precise idea in our minds: Europe must represent a dream to chase, knowing that the better we do to keep our journey going, the more our personality can develop.”