Melo marvels at Juventus midfield

The Brazilian believes the Bianconeri boast one of the finest central line-ups of any teams in Europe and admits he still has a fondness for his former employers
Galatasaray star Felipe Melo has hailed Juventus' midfield as one of the best in the world ahead of Wednesday's Champions League encounter in Turin and is hopeful of causing an upset against his former team.

The Brazilian midfielder was under contract with Juve between 2009 and 2013 before leaving the Serie A champions for Galatasaray on a permanent deal after already spending two seasons on loan at the Istanbul giants.

And the former Fiorentina man admits he is in awe of the current crop of midfield talent at coach Antonio Conte's disposal, which includes Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba.

"The Juventus midfield is one of the strongest around alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain's," Melo said at a press conference.

"When I was at Juve I never held back, and everyone knows that I always wore my heart on my sleeve in every game.

"I’m happy for my ex-team-mates because they’ve won a lot in these last two years, but saying that I hope to put in a good performance and bring home three points.

"Of course I’m still fond of Juventus because I spent two years here in which we also suffered a bit, and when you go through an experience like that you become emotionally attached. Now, though, I just want to do whatever’s required to help Galatasaray."

Galatasaray were beaten 6-1 by Real Madrid on matchday one, while Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by Copenhagen. Wednesday's clash kicks off at 20:45CET.