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Kroos: Only Barcelona would have been tougher draw than Juventus

The Germany international is full of respect for the Serie A champion, while Manuel Neuer is also wary of the Bianconeri but believes Bayern Munich can progress.

Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos feels that the Bavarians were unfortunate to be paired with Juventus in Friday's draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Kroos believes that only Barcelona would have been a more difficult opponent, and has stressed that Bayern need two great performances if it is to reach the final four.

"Juventus knocked last year's Champions League winners out of the competition at the group stage. It's the least good draw after Barcelona," Kroos told the official Bayern website. "We'll need two top performances to go through. It would be optimal if we won the first leg while keeping a clean sheet."

Meanwhile, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is full of respect for the Serie A champion as well.

"Juventus are a big name and a great team. Italian teams are always well organised, but I still think we definitely have a chance of going through," Neuer said. "We're looking forward to both games and we're delighted to be starting at home."

The first leg will take place at the Allianz Arena on April 2 with the return leg slated for the following week in Turin.

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