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Conte: Juve must beat 'best ever' Bayern

April 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

Juventus coach Antonio Conte says his side will have to be at their best if they are to stand a chance of overturning a two-goal deficit when they take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday.

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AssociatedBayern's Franck Ribery and Juve's Arturo Vidal tussle during the first leg in Munich

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Bayern travel to Turin with a 2-0 advantage, thanks to goals from David Alaba and Thomas Muller in last Tuesday's first leg in Munich.

Despite the Bianconeri facing a daunting task to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition, Conte is sure his players have a performance in them to upset the odds.

"We need to put in a typical Juventus display, as we have done on several occasions over the past 18 months. We're aware that we were below par in Germany and can do much better," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

"We'll also need a bit of luck with decisions going in our favour that we didn't get in the first leg, such as their second goal scored from an offside position and the red card that wasn't given to [Franck] Ribery.

"We know we'll be up against a strong side, perhaps Bayern's best ever team, and they showed how good they were in the first leg. They possess technical qualities and also showed their ruthless streak in Munich.

"They're certainly among the favourites to win the competition, having reached the final twice in recent times. They're a top level club, both on and off the field."

Meanwhile, Andrea Pirlo believes Juve are capable of overcoming Bayern and advancing to the next stage of Europe's elite club competition.

Pirlo has been involved in a number of unlikely comebacks over the years and says there is no reason why the Serie A side cannot produce something similar.

"After the first game we talked over what happened," he said. "It certainly was not a good performance, as we played below our capabilities and they were better than us in that match. However, we have the chance to turn this around. We know it will be difficult, but it is achievable.

"Don't forget I was there in Istanbul when [AC] Milan were 3-0 up against Liverpool and we were convinced we'd be lifting the Champions League trophy. It ended 3-3 and we lost on penalties.

"I was there in La Coruna, when after a 4-1 first-leg victory we lost 4-0 to Deportivo. We were Milan, not any old team. Therefore, Juventus must be convinced that we can do this."