Champions League - Pogba: Juve will beat Madrid at least once

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba feels confident of his side’s chances against Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League.

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Champions League - Pogba: Juve will beat Madrid at least once
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The Italian giants are due to face Carlo Ancelotti’s men twice in Group B and, despite them having drawn their opening two games against FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray, former Manchester United man Pogba says the Spaniards hold no fear for him.

“There is nothing to be afraid of. We will win at least one game against them and move on in the competition,” the French international told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We are Juve and we can’t forget that. Because of the history, prestige and quality of this team we are not inferior to anyone. And, for that reason, Real Madrid hold no fears for me.

Juventus are at the same level as all of Europe’s other big clubs. We can beat anybody, including Madrid.”

Juve and Real Madrid will meet on October 23 at the Santiago Bernabeu with the return leg in Italy taking place two weeks later on November 5.

The Frenchman has impressed in his opening work with the Bianconeri and has subsequently attracted speculation regarding his future.

“The fans of Juve are afraid of losing me? I am still not anyone. What have I done? Nothing in fact,” offered Pogba as reassurance in today’s edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I look to Pirlo and Buffon, and I know what it takes to be a true champion. Those two have won it all, they are greats, but they do not give an inch, even in training.

“Juve for life? Certain promises do not make sense, I will not kid anyone. How can I today determine my whole career? It makes no sense.

“And then I look at now and say that I am happy here in Turin, I love everything about this club - the managers, the Coaches, my teammates and the fans. And at the moment I do not see myself anywhere that isn’t Juventus.”

Pogba is into a second season with the Bianconeri having joined in 2012 after allowing his Manchester United contract to run down.

“Why did I choose Italy? Serie A is the university of football, especially at a tactical level. A midfielder who breaks through in Italy can really aspire to be the best in the world in his position.

“I said to myself: ‘Paul, Italy is the shortcut to a more secure breakthrough’. And then, of course, was the call of Juventus, one of the biggest clubs in the world…

“I am lucky and I lucked into Antonio Conte. I’m getting better every day. Conte works, hammers, he is not satisfied, hungry, and just wants to win.

“I could not ask for anything better as a teacher at this stage of my career. [France Coach Didier] Deschamps is also very similar to Conte.”

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