Mauro optimistic on Blues clash
Juve ace says Chelsea aren't the force they were
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: February 25, 2009 1:02pm
Mauro Camoranesi believes Juventus have nothing to fear from their UEFA Champions League games against Chelsea.
The Old Lady play at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday before welcoming The Blues to Turin in the return leg of their last-16 clash next month.
Camoranesi admits travelling to London in the past would have been daunting when facing Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, but he feels they have now lost their air of invincibility.
The Argentine-born Italy international admits Juve will have their work cut out stopping the likes of Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Deco, however, he insists they will not just sit back and defend.
"Playing against an English club always generates problems due to their tremendous quality, but I am optimistic and I believe that we can succeed at Chelsea," he told skysports.com.
No longer superior
"This Chelsea is not the same as Mourinho's. Now they are no longer superior to us.
"Ranieri has done a lot of psychological work with us. He insists that Juve are better and that is possible to win the two matches. Claudio knows them perfectly from his time in London.
"The key of this match is to avoid letting Chelsea control the game. It's not easy to stop people like Lampard, Ballack or Deco, but in these rounds there are no easy matches.
"Juve have not come to London to defend, but I warn Chelsea they will have problems scoring against us. Our defensive line is better than any Premier League side.
"Scoring in London will be key for to us."