With the last-eight clashes upon us, James Richardson and our panel of experts discuss the key talking points
Staunton, James Richardson and Carlo Garganese discovered a mutual love for Toni Kroos too ahead of the clash between the leaders of Serie A and the Bundesliga on Tuesday night.
Staunton said: "Both these teams have been dominating their domestic leagues, and they all have their respective strengths, but the craft and artistry of Pirlo is far and away better than anything Bayern has to offer, aside perhaps of the goalscoring threat of Toni Kroos."
Garganese expanded on Bayern’s attacking riches, adding: "The only weapons that Juventus will be truly scared about are the attacking trio of Kroos, Thomas Muller on the right - who’s having a fantastic season - and on the left Franck Ribery.
"I think if Juventus can stop those three they’ll be confident they can win the tie."
The clash is one of the most highly anticipated of European last eight that is packed with quality, and Garganese is predicting it will be Pirlo and Co. who come through the two legs on top.
He added: "I’m going to tip Juventus. I think it will be very close, it will be decided on the small details, but I think they’ll win the midfield battle and that will be decisive."
Which of the European giants will have the advantage on Tuesday night after the first leg? Will last year’s runners-up be able to surpass the might of the Bianconeri’s midfield?
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