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Buffon: Bayern clash will show whether Juventus are a top team

The veteran goalkeeper is keen to measure himself against top opposition as the Bianconeri have set their sights on a semi-final spot

Gianluigi Buffon is desperate to find out whether Juventus can be considered one of Europe's top teams as they prepare for the first leg of their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

The Italian champions started the competition as a mere outsider after missing out on Champions League football in the past two seasons, but they have impressed on their way to the quarter-finals as they saw off teams such as Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic.

"When we started off on our journey that has brought us to where we are today, no-one would have expected us to make such swift progress. But that’s what’s happened and we’ve deserved it," Buffon said at a press conference.

"I don’t know how far off we are from being considered a top team. But this test will tell us a great deal, we’re curious to face it. We’ve got two intense encounters ahead of us and I hope they’re balanced.

"The most important thing is to have no regrets, but I don’t think that will happen. Up until now we’ve always shown maturity when dealing with crucial moments."

Tuesday's first leg is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.

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