Andrea Barzagli claims Juventus will tackle their Champions League double header against Real Madrid with a fearless approach, safe in the knowledge that they can rely on the joint strongest defence in this season’s competition.
The 33-year-old, a vital cog in the three-man backline that clinched a crucial goalless shutout at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday night, is predicting a tough game against Los Blancos but believes the Bianconeri should show no reverence.
Speaking to Sky this afternoon, the defender said: “We knew any opponent that came out of the hat would have been a tough one, but we’ll play without fear. Perhaps we’re not at their level, but anything can happen in a semi-final and it will be a great game.
“Our defensive strength over the past few years has been down to the collective and ability to help each other out. It will be important to also do this against Real. Are we tighter with a back three? No, I wouldn’t necessarily say that - we’ve also conceded few goals when playing with four.”
Barzagli was out on the training ground this afternoon preparing for this weekend’s important Derby della Mole clash and revealed that he and his defensive cohorts will be keeping a close eye on a familiar face in the Granata ranks come the first whistle on Sunday afternoon.
“What now matters are the next three league matches in which we’ll hope to put the title race to bed. We know how important the derby is and we’ve already got our thoughts focused on the game.
“It will be a difficult match, not just due to its nature, but also because they’re an organised outfit who have a constant threat in Quagliarella up front.”