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The experienced goalkeeper believes that the Bianconeri have already proven their worth in Europe, and has insisted they are ready for the decisive game against Shakhtar Donetsk

Gianluigi Buffon feels that Juventus have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League with their performances so far in Europe.

The Serie A champions currently sit second in Group E with nine points from five games, and a draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday will see them through to the knock-out stages, regardless of whether Chelsea beat Nordsjaelland due to the Italian side's superior head-to-head record over the reigning European champions.

"I think our run so far has shown that we should be feared by everyone we come up against," Buffon said at a press conference.

"Of course, the result [against Shakhtar] and qualification are both fundamental, but the impression we’re giving this year is that we’re back to being competitive on a European level.

"If we play as we’re able to then I believe we have every chance of ending the group unbeaten. We’re ready. It wouldn’t be such a bad thing if we manage to win the group and avoid a handful of potential winners."

Wednesday's encounter in Donetsk is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.

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