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Feb 10, 2013

Juve ready for the 'lion's den'

Juventus director and club legend Pavel Nedved is confident his team is ready to face Champions League opponent Celtic in the 'lion's den' after disposing of Fiorentina 2-0 in Turin.

The Bianconeri kept their Serie A defence on track after goals from Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri moved the Turin giants five points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

But as well as claiming three precious domestic points, Nedved believes the result indicated his club have the mettle to survive the hostile reception awaiting them when they travel on Tuesday to Celtic Park for the first leg of the clubs' European knockout clash.

"I'm fully aware of the atmosphere that awaits us in Glasgow because I've been there and experienced it first hand," the former Ballon d'Or winner said. "We'll be stepping into a lion's den and I don't think the team will need geeing up. We'll have to tough it out, but we have shown that we're ready.

"We are very satisfied with how the team approached the match. Fiorentina play a great style of football, they have a more than capable coach and a dangerous team.

"But we really wanted the three points and played well to get them. It was a great test of character and everyone worked towards the same goal."

The victory against Fiorentina also marks the first time the team has scored back-to-back victories since December last year and Nedved said the upturn in the club's form should send an ominous message to their European rivals.

"In January, we had a slight dip in form but you can't be at the top of your game over the course of a whole season," Nedved said. "Now we're in form and ready for Europe.''

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