Juventus are a real team, says Muller

The Germany international has urged his side to be switched on against the Serie A leaders, who he believes will pose a very serious threat
Thomas Muller has described Juventus as a "real team" ahead of the first-leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League quarter-final clash on Tuesday.

The attacking midfielder has paid close attention to the renaissance of the reigning Serie A champions in recent times and though he believes they do not possess a huge individual threat, Muller remains wary of the combined strength of the unit at Antonio Conte's disposal.

“Juventus are a very strong team. They are a real team,” he told reporters. “They do not have a Lionel Messi, but they are strong as a team. There is a lot of quality in every part of the Juventus team.

“It will be extremely important not to concede a goal. All the offensive players will have to do their share of defensive work."

The Bundesliga leaders go into the game on the back of arguably their finest performance of the season on Saturday, having beaten Hamburg 9-2, but Muller realises the Bianconeri will poses a very different test.

He added: “We are concentrating hard and we know it will be difficult. Of course we are not expecting a 9-2 win again. This will be a completely different game to last Saturday against Hamburg.”

The Germany international recalled the last time the two sides met in the competition three years ago and revealed that confidence is high in the Bayern camp.

“Our last game against Juventus was a very important one. We won it and it was a kind of a turnaround in our season in 2009/2010. So I have really good memories," he remembered.

“We are having a very strong season and I think we are quite confident as a team. I am looking forward to the game and I am confident we can win it.”