Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic has fired a warning shot to Chelsea ahead of their Champions League clash on Wednesday night, claiming his side does not fear the reigning champions.
Juventus is on a 42-game domestic unbeaten streak which saw the club pick up the Serie A title last season and although Chelsea won the Champions League in May, and currently leads the Premier League, Vucinic feels the west London side is a weaker proposition than it was last term.
"This is not the same Chelsea as last season because in the last few weeks they have failed in several matches and that increases our chances for Wednesday," Vucinic told reporters.
"Will we play for a draw? Never! Our challenge is to win three points. We are the best team in Italy and it’s a matter of pride for the players."
The forward continued to stress the pride that the Juventus players feel ahead of their return to the top tier of European football and while acknowledging Chelsea deserves respect, insisting the Bianconeri will arrive in London high on confidence, and low on fear.
"Stamford Bridge is not the best place for us to open the group but there exists no fear," he said.
He added, "We are the champions of Italy and that gives us a prestige we need to exploit. This is our return to the Champions League and very special.
"Chelsea are European champions and deserve our respect, but we go to London without fear and with a lot of confidence."