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The veteran glovesman feels the Old Lady must now step up to the plate on the continental stage, as he looks forward to Wednesday's clash with reigning champions Chelsea

Gianluigi Buffon has stressed that the time has come for Juventus to prove they have what it takes to shine in the Champions League.

The Serie A champions are by many seen as one of the dark horses to win the competition, and the goalkeeper wants his team to step up to the plate in their Group E curtain raiser against Chelsea.

"Last season’s Scudetto win was epic and qualifying for Europe as Italian champions gives us both pride and belief in our ability," Buffon told reporters at a press conference.

"I believe there are three or four teams that are above us, then there’s a group in which I’d include ourselves. It’s now down to us to show we’re competitive at Champions League level.

"Our style of play is suited to European football. Chelsea’s players may have more appearances in the Champions League than ours, but we’re an emerging side."

Wednesday's encounter at Stamford Bridge kicks off at 20:45CET.

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