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Down to the Turkish wire for Juventus


Down to the Turkish wire for Juventus


Juventus boosted their chances of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night following their 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen.

The Italian Champions were staring down the barrel of an early exit having previously not won a game in the group stage, but they are now second in Group B seven behind leaders Real Madrid.

A win or draw next month against Galatasaray will see Antonio Conte’s men through.

Conte said: “We knew that by winning we’d have the concrete possibility to pass to the next level in the Champions League and play the last match against Galatasaray and so, it is in our hands. I’ll tell you already that we are not making calculations because this team does not need to do that, it is not how I play and it is not in our DNA.”

Galatasaray were soundly beaten by Real Madrid (4-1) which left the Spaniards strolling into the knockout stages.

The Turks, however, were left needing victory against Juve in their final match and coach Roberto Mancini calling for more consistency from his men.

Mancini said: “We knew before this game that the crucial game was against Juventus in Istanbul, but the way we played in the first half we were just perfect on the pitch. Real Madrid with ten players… I think that a team like us can’t make a mistake like we did in the second half. Real Madrid with only ten players…these players are top players.”

Galatasaray are third in Group B two points behind second place Juventus with the pair to square up in the do or die tie at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul on 10th December.

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