Pavel Nedved has underlined the Bianconeri’s satisfaction at being the only Italian team to fly the flag in the quarter-final stages of this season’s Europa League competition.
Speaking in Nyon, the club director said: “It’s a source of pride for us to be here today. For two years running we’ve been involved in a European quarter-final draw as the only Italian team.”
The former midfielder was at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters to witness Juventus handed a quarter-final tie against Lyon, and warned the French will prove testing opposition over the two legs.
“There’s still a long way to go before we reach the final in Turin. We’re up against Lyon and it won’t be easy. We’ll play the two-legged tie with full commitment. After all, Juventus have tackled this competition with maximum respect and that’s why we’re here today.”
However, Nedved stands by his belief that the Bianconeri’s increased experience on the European scene will serve them in good stead as they aim to take one step closer to May’s final in Turin by overcoming another challenging hurdle.
He added: “We’ve developed as a side. In Europe teams face you with the shackles off and we came up against the odd difficulty as we weren’t used to handling this approach. Now, however, we’ve understood the way we need to deal with and win these games.
“The Juventus team I played in also had these difficulties. We were the strongest in the league and struggled in Europe. But this side has all it takes to do well.”