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First-leg failings spur Juventus to oust Bayern

Antonio Conte's Juventus "want to show what they didn't manage in Germany" in the first-leg loss to FC Bayern München, for whom "nothing fundamental has changed".

Antonio Conte said his players 'were not in good form' last week
Antonio Conte said his players 'were not in good form' last week ©Domenic Aquilina

Whether or not it results in Juventus overturning a 2-0 deficit and reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time in ten years, coach Antonio Conte has one wish before the quarter-final second leg against FC Bayern München: for his team to do "a lot better than we did in Germany" last week. The loss in Bavaria was the Bianconeri's first in 18 European games, yet for Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes the slate is wiped clean. "Despite the first-leg result, nothing fundamental has changed," he said.

Antonio Conte, coach
I've got the right feeling, but one which is nonetheless accompanied by the fact we're up against a very strong side who showed all their strength in the first leg. We have the desire and the serenity to tackle this match, but we also want to play a different game from the first leg.

The first leg confirmed what we knew – that they are a very strong team with great technical quality and a team who play very strong football. They are certainly one of the favourites to win the Champions League. I repeat that Bayern are a side who have worked over recent years to be where they are today.

They've always been a contender – they've reached two finals in the last three years. We have started our own path. This is our second year with me in charge, and our first in the Champions League, after several difficult years in which, for various reasons, Juventus had to reconstruct what had been demolished – this is the difference.

If you want to find a skyscraper which is already constructed, then that is Bayern – let's say we are a third of the way there. That is the gap between us, but we're serene because it's normal. I'm convinced that the difference between us and Bayern is not as big as it appeared in the first leg.

We were not in good form in the first leg, we all know that. We want to play a different game. We are up against a very, very strong side and we know we can do a lot better than we did in Germany. I know that my players want to demonstrate what maybe they didn't manage in Germany. Let's just see what happens tomorrow.

Weekend result
Saturday: Juventus 2-1 Pescara Calcio (Vučinić 72pen 78; Cascione 83)
Storari; Bonucci (Isla 81), Marrone, Peluso; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Giaccherini, Asamoah; Giovinco (Quagliarella 32), Vučinić (Matri 79).

• Mirko Vučinić struck twice after the visitors' Giuseppe Rizzo was sent off as the Bianconeri, shorn of suspended duo Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, claimed a fifth successive home win. The Serie A leaders had not conceded at the Juventus Stadium in 465 minutes before Emmanuel Cascione's late consolation.

Team news
Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal are banned after first-leg bookings while Sebastian Giovinco, who suffered a right knee injury against Pescara, and Nicolas Anelka (calf) are sidelined. Gianluigi Buffon is expected to shake off the bout of flu that kept him out on Saturday. Martín Cáceres returns to the squad following a car accident on 17 March.

Jupp Heynckes, coach
We'll approach the game as we did last Tuesday's, so of course we're going to try to win. Juventus have shown in the Champions League and Serie A that they are an absolutely top team. They are going to try to make the impossible possible. We'll keep faith with our system and play the way we've always played this season. Of course we want to prevent Juventus from getting their game going.

I don't think I am the only person to say lots of positive things about Juventus – I think everybody has spoken positively about them in Italy and in Germany. Of course we have a lot of experience in the Champions League – for example, we were unfortunate to lose in the final last year. We know what we've got to do.

Footballers are not machines and I think they always want to play their best, but in the first leg [Andrea Pirlo] was unable to do it. He's still one of the best midfielders in Europe and I hope he won't shine tomorrow in the way we know he can. I regard [Gianluigi] Buffon as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football. He's a legend, a fantastic man and an excellent goalkeeper.

Weekend result
Saturday: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern (Schweinsteiger 52)
Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Martínez, Schweinsteiger; Robben (Ribéry 63), Müller (Luiz Gustavo 63), Shaqiri; Gomez (Pizarro 75).

• The Munich giants sealed their 23rd German title (1. FC Nürnberg are next highest on nine) with a record six games to spare. They also established a new Bundesliga mark for consecutive victories within one season as they made it 11 in 11 in 2013, despite David Alaba failing to convert a 27th-minute penalty.

Team news
Javi Martínez is available after serving a one-match suspension in the home leg, when Toni Kroos suffered an adductor injury that could rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

Match fact
Juventus have won all five European quarter-finals against German opponents – and their last eight two-legged ties against teams from the country. In total they have played 14 such contests, losing just two.