Nyon, Dec 14 (IANS) Former Juventus star Pavel Nedved is confident the Italian football champions will be able to stand toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich in the Champions League pre-quarter-finals after enjoying a convincing start to this season’s European adventure.
The Juventus vice president, however, accepted that lady luck could have been a little kinder on the Bianconeri in Monday’s draw, but is backing Massimiliano Allegri’s men to pull out all the stops in their bid to overcome the reigning Bundesliga champions over two legs. “We had hoped for a little more luck in the draw, but I’m confident that we can turn in two great performances against Bayern. We’ve had an excellent run in Europe so far this season,” Nedved told the club’s website.
“We were drawn in a tough group and did very well to come through it without too many difficulties. This means we’ll also keep fighting in the last 16.” Juventus finished second to Manchester City in the Group D that included Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach and Spain’s Sevilla. “Nothing is impossible and you never know in football. We’ll approach the game with humility and desire, fully aware that we’re a strong team and have what it takes to compete for a place in the next round.”