Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Juventus taking UCL second league game 'as final'

Alex Sandro has said that the club are treating the second leg of their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich as if it is a final.

The Serie A side lost in last season's final to an all-conquering Barcelona side, but are aware that their German last 16 opponents are among the very best teams in the entire competition.

The first leg finished 2-2 in Turin, and Sandro told the ​club's website: “We knew we would have to dig deep and defend bravely in spells against Bayern and going forward we are confident that we will do even better in Munich.

“To defeat them you need to have a very clear game plan in mind and execute it to the letter. You must always treat games like that as if they were the final itself. The least we can do is enter the tie with that high level of focus and determination.”

He continued and said..

“I feel I’ve grown already as a player since arriving and, which is little wonder given the quality, focus and experience we have brimming throughout the squad. As a group, the boys and indeed the coach have helped me massively. Session after session, match after match, I feel I’m improving all the time.”

Unlike their German opponents, Juventus also face fierce competition for their domestic title. Napoli lie three points off the lead after failing to beat Fiorentina and Sandro conceded that other clubs tripping up their rivals would be helpful, but added: “However for us as players, all we should do is think about our own results and our own performances.

“Juve are a huge club with a great history and subsequently we should be pushing to win every bit of silverware possible. Each new player that arrives here from elsewhere knows that they are a winning team and that they will fight to win every single game.”

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