Champions League

Juventus wary of Dortmund

2015-02-23 15:09
Giorgio Chiellini celebrates his goal with team-mates. (AFP)

Milan - After failing to reach the knockout stage last year, Juventus may find its passage to the Champions League quarterfinals blocked Tuesday by a Borussia Dortmund team which puts its domestic difficulties aside on the European stage.

Juventus, once a powerhouse of European football, is seeking only its second Champions League last eight appearance since 2006, the year it was relegated for matchfixing in Serie A.

The famous Italian club struggled in the group stage before finishing second behind Atletico Madrid and coach Massimiliano Allegri - who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer - hopes his wealth of Champions League experience, with AC Milan, helps to keep his team in the competition.

"Our group is strong and has grown steadily over these past few years," central defender Giorgio Chiellini said.

"Now we also want to show how far we've come on the European scene.

"We must approach the Champions League with enthusiasm, but at the same time be aware of the responsibility we have in flying the flag for Italy in Europe."

In contrast, Dortmund is in the last 16 for the third year running after storming through the group stage, losing only one match to finish ahead of Arsenal.

The German side beat Juventus when they last met in the 1997 final, Dortmund claiming its only Champions League title to date.

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