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Juventus respectful, Bayern wary

Although Pavel Nedvěd labels Bayern as "big favourites", Josep Guardiola says Juventus will be "two huge games" with particular resonance for Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba (left) and Bayern's Thomas Müller in action in 2013
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba (left) and Bayern's Thomas Müller in action in 2013 ©AFP/Getty Images
  • First leg: Juventus v Bayern, Tuesday 23 February
  • Second leg: Bayern v Juventus, Wednesday 16 March

Reaction

Pavel Nedvěd, Juventus vice-president
It's a historic tie. We will have to face one of the big favourites to win the Champions League, we know that, but we want to take advantage of our chance, although we know how difficult this tie will be. We're facing a great club.  

There's still two months until the tie will be played. We will try to prepare as well as possible, and be in the best condition to have a chance against Bayern.

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
These will be two huge games. Juventus are one of the best teams in Europe. They did not start brightly in their league but they have recovered. They have a great mentality. In February I can say how our form is, not now. Juve was the most difficult draw in that pot, besides Paris. If you want to say it's 50-50, then say it's 50-50; I don't know.

Philipp Lahm, Bayern defender
A very nice tie between two top sides, a classic European tie. Juve made the final last season, so it is a big challenge, but we want to reach the quarter-finals and will give everything to do so.

Thomas Müller, Bayern forward
Juventus have a very clever side and of course in Mario Mandžukić a top goalscorer, who we know very well from his time in Munich. In the Champions League, we have always had good experiences with Juve. I am especially looking forward to the Juventus stadium – it will be an experience.

Arturo Vidal, Bayern's former Juve midfielder
I am very happy! It will be a nice tie. I still have many friends in Turin.

Kingsley Coman, Bayern's former Juve midfielder
I was delighted. It will be a very interesting encounter. I am up for those big matches. There's no easy matches in the round of 16 – if you want to make the final, you have to beat big teams.

Bayern's five triumphs
Bayern's five triumphs

Analysis

  • Bayern beat Juventus 2-0 home and away in the 2012/13 quarter-finals en route to lifting the trophy. Juventus won three of the teams' first four meetings but Bayern are unbeaten in the last four, winning the last three.
  • In that 2012/13 quarter-final, Bayern triumphed thanks to first-leg goals from David Alaba (1) and Thomas Müller (63), with Mario Mandžukić (64) and Claudio Pizarro (90+1) on target in Turin. That latter result was Juve's last European home defeat.
  • Juventus registered two draws against Borussia Mönchengladbach in this season's group stage (0-0 home, 1-1 away).
  • Juve are unbeaten in four fixtures against Bundesliga opposition (W2 D2) since those 2013 losses to Bayern.
  • Bayern have won their last five matches against Italian clubs.