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Dec 10, 2013

Conte relishing crunch Gala-Juve clash

Juventus coach Antonio Conte says Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Galatasaray is not the first "all-or-nothing game" this season, and he hopes it will also not be the last.

Rzouki: Winners takes all

The European destiny of the Bianconeri will be decided in Turkey, where a draw or victory against Roberto Mancini's side would be enough to take the Old Lady into the last 16 for the second season running. Defeat, however, would see them knocked out of the competition and relying on Real Madrid's result at Copenhagen for a place in the Europa League.

"It's an all-or-nothing game for us and it's not the first time we play one of these this season," Conte said at a news conference in Istanbul. "Let's hope we'll play more of these in future too. The chances are 50/50 and I just hope the best team wins."

Juve have set aside their early-season defensive worries by going seven Serie A games without conceding a single goal. That record has helped them dislodge Roma from the top of the standings and open up a three-point cushion over the Giallorossi.

Another clean sheet would guarantee them a place among Europe's top 16 clubs, but Gianluigi Buffon admits it will not be easy to keep the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba at bay.

"When you play at levels like these, then you always come up against top quality players," he said. "So there's always going to be a risk that you'll concede.

"Galatasaray have world-renowned players who can cause us problems and we're going to have to find a solution. It's all about how well we play and how we cope with the difficulties we will face."

One of those difficulties will not come from the terraces, though, with Buffon convinced he and his teammates will be able to block out a notoriously partisan crowd.

"I've never seen fans score a goal so we're quite relaxed about that," said the 35-year-old.

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