Our destiny is in our hands, says Buffon
Two-time Champions League winners Juventus set up a potential make-or-break clash at home to defending champions Chelsea in two weeks’ time after a 4-0 rout of Nordsjaelland on Wednesday.
However, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is confident Juve can get the required results to make the last 16, which sees them at present lying in third spot a point adrift of both Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Chelsea snatched all three points with a stoppage time goal by Victor Moses for a 3-2 win over Shakhtar at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
“A draw (in the Chelsea/Shakhtar game) would have been nice, of course, but at the end of the day our destiny is still in our hands,” said Buffon.
“The fact it all depends on us is a good sign. We’re at home to Chelsea and then away to Donetsk. We’re confident and you can’t always rely on other results.”
Claudio Marchisio, who along with midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo stood out for the hosts in a quasi-striker’s role, admitted defeat to Inter the weekend before had played a role.
“It was important for us to win and we did really well,” said Marchisio.
“After our defeat to Inter there was a lot of talk, but someone forgot to mention we hadn’t been beaten for over a year.
“We could have suffered a psychological blow, but we didn’t let that happen.”
Wednesday’s victory ended a run of nine consecutive draws in Europe for Juventus including a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea earlier in the group stage.
Bringing that frustrating run to an end appeared to have buoyed Buffon, who had been critical of his team-mates after the Inter defeat.
“We put on a convincing performance which shows that if Juve take the right attitude on to the pitch then few teams can compete with us,” he said.