Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Juventus focused on winning the Champions League

Juventus focused on winning the Champions League

Despite that wealth of attacking talent, the fact Tuesday's hosts have conceded the fewest goals in the Champions League to date - just two shipped in seven outings - is quite remarkable and stands them in flawless stead poised to progress past the knockout stages.

Juventus won 2-0 in Portugal in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie on February 22 and return home with the two-goal aggregate lead as they try to reach their 10th Champions League quarterfinal.

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Given the age I am, and in my second year, winning the Champions League would definitely be insane.

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Following the 2-1 defeat, Luis Enrique's men now sit two points behind Real Madrid. with the Galacticos having a game in hand to boot.

His indiscretion allowed Paulo Dybala to score from the penalty spot and Juventus went on to keep their sixth clean sheet in eight Champions League matches, extending an unbeaten run of home games that reaches back to August 2015. If we get through we'll also be on the same level now. "Now the most important part of the season is coming and the great players work all year to be ready for these moments, those in which you have to win competitions. We are top of the Serie A table, won the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final and are through to the quarters, so with our squad it's impossible to think we can't win it", Dybala told Mediaset Premium.

Against Porto, Juventus will be boosted by the return of Juan Cuadrado from suspension and Mario Mandzukic from illness.

"Then, logically, facing them in the Champions League will depend on what we do tomorrow".

The Portuguese champions had their backs to the wall for much of the game following Alex Telles' 27th-minute dismissal and Juve's dominance finally paid off as substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves scored two minutes apart to seal a 2-0 win.

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