Real Madrid are class act but Juventus will show no fear, says Andrea Pirlo
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo has described Champions League semi-final opponents Real Madrid as the "most important club side in the world", but insists his team will face the holders without fear.
Less than 48 hours after clinching their fourth successive Serie A crown, Juve are re-focusing their efforts on Europe, where they are hoping to reach their first Champions League final since 2003.
Standing between them and a place in the showpiece, though, are Spanish giants Real, who were crowned European champions for a record 10th time last season.
It is a tough test for Juve, who are still in the running for the treble this season, but Pirlo is in optimistic mood ahead of tonight's first leg in Turin (7.45pm).
"We have the same chances as they do to progress," Pirlo (pictured) said. "We weren't ready for the Champions League in previous years. But this team has gained experience and we know we can do well and play without fear. Now that we are here, we want to go all the way. To win it would be a dream come true, for me and for my team-mates."
Pirlo, who has played in seven European semi-finals and won the Champions League title twice at AC Milan under current Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.