Juventus are in the advantageous position of not requiring another goal to advance to the last eight of Champions League, but manager Massimiliano Allegri said his Italian side will be aggressive in their second leg matchup with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday at Signal Iduna Park.
"We go into the game with an advantage, but we know the difficulties of the task ahead of us,” Allegri told reporters Tuesday. "I am confident it will be an interesting game and I don't expect it to end 0-0. We need to score at least once and if we could score twice it would be great."
The first-place Serie A squad holds a slim 2-1 aggregate lead heading into the matchup after dropping Dortmund back on Feb. 24 behind goals from Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata.
However, surrendering that crucial away goal applies equal defensive pressure on Juventus’ backline and opens up the opportunity for Dortmund and manager Jurgen Klopp. The Bundesliga side haven’t lost in their last six domestic matches since, but the attack hasn’t registered a goal in the last two.
But even though Klopp recognizes his club really needs only one goal and to hold on in order to advance to the quarterfinals for the third straight year, he insisted the Juventus challenge is quite daunting.
"Juventus are a clever side, but they are not invincible. We know we need an exceptional game," Klopp said. "We face the greatest challenge there is in football, to score against an Italian team which will advance with a 0-0 draw.
"We know how to be dangerous, we know how to score. We just have to use the right spaces, take the right decision. That has been rare in the last two games, but we don't need to win 9-0, just 1-0."
Klopp will undoubtedly call for midfielder Marco Reus to orchestrate a high-octane attack, notching seven goals and three assists this term, with forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang charging at the top of the attack with 10 goals and four assists.
Juventus have played a string of 1-0 games of late, winning their last two behind goals from midfielder Paul Pogba and Morata to push their Serie A lead to 14 points. With Tevez spearheading the attack with 15 goals, and Pogba and Morata backing him up, the Italian media has called for Juventus to unleash a flurry on Dortmund to prove they aren’t a boring club, according to Daily Mail.
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Prediction: Juventus over Borussia Dortmund, 3-0