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Madrid eye 'spectacular' Juve showdowns

Published: Thursday 29 August 2013, 21.29CET
Antonio Conte is excited by the prospect of his Juventus side facing Real Madrid CF but also wary of Group B competition from Galatasaray AŞ and FC København.
Madrid eye 'spectacular' Juve showdowns
Juventus coach Antonio Conte foresees some 'fascinating' contests in Group B ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Thursday 29 August 2013, 21.29CET

Madrid eye 'spectacular' Juve showdowns

Antonio Conte is excited by the prospect of his Juventus side facing Real Madrid CF but also wary of Group B competition from Galatasaray AŞ and FC København.

Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid director
The UEFA Champions League is a competition that demands so much of you. We have in front of us a very even and balanced group. In European competition there are no guarantees. The games against Juventus will be particularly spectacular. We have played them many times, they have an enormous tradition and as a team have grown a lot since the arrival of [Antonio] Conte as coach. They are a side with cohesion and a great mentality which makes them hard to beat.

We played Galatasaray last season and they showed how strong they are, especially at home. We went there with a good first-leg result but suffered a lot in the second half of the return and you saw what their fans achieved when they really got behind the team. København are maybe a little less known to us but you can be sure they will also be very dangerous at home.

Antonio Conte, Juventus coach
It is a difficult group, full of fascinating games. Real are one of the main contenders to win the trophy and historic opponents of Juve in Europe. It's always an extra motivation when you face a team with such history. Galatasaray have great quality and can count on their passionate fans when they play at home.

We have started to know Danish football well after facing Nordsjælland last season and we will have to be very focused against København. Compared to last season we know what we will find and how difficult it is to face the best teams in the world. We are more experienced now but we have to play in this competition knowing that Europe is a dream for us, a dream which we have to make last as long as possible.

Sabri Sarıoğlu, Galatasaray defender
The Champions League is a high-level competition. Every time you reach this stage it is difficult. We were drawn against Real Madrid, Juventus and København. We want to show a spirit that befits Galatasaray and qualify from the group.

We aim to take our goal one step higher this season. We have confidence in that. I hope we can make our fans happy by representing our country in the best possible way. [Didier] Drogba had predicted that we would have drawn against Juventus. His predictions came true. My predictions were for Atlético, Bayern München and Viktoria Plzeň...

Thomas Delaney, København midfielder
We are not going to just lie down, but try and get a result. We'll go for it. We are aiming to still be playing European football after the new year, so we need to finish in third place or higher. We will undoubtedly need to get the necessary points at home at Parken. We can look forward to a great experience, especially against Real Madrid. They are huge club, and considering the players they have, it can only be great.

Last updated: 06/09/13 0.37CET

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