Buffon & Pirlo can guide Juventus to Champions League final, says Ferrara

The former Bianconeri boss is hoping the club can make it all the way to Berlin this season, with the Italian duo spearheading their bid

Former Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara believes that veteran duo Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon can guide his old side to the Champions League final.

The Bianconeri have one foot in the last four, having beaten Monaco 1-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final clash courtesy of an Arturo Vidal penalty.

And the 48-year-old believes the quality of two of their veteran Italy internationals can get them to the Berlin showpiece on June 6.

"We are talking about two phenomena," he said of the duo to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"They have made history in world football, not just in Italy. In their case, age does not matter. They are champions who have been lucky enough not to have serious injuries and have shown their value for almost 20 years.

"Why can't they reach the final? I'm optimistic by nature but the path is very long, starting with the return clash in Monaco.

"From an Italian perspective I hope they can. Objectively it's very difficult but not impossible. Now they're all games that can be decided with one moment.

"Gigi and Andrea have unique experience."

Juve take their 1-0 aggregate lead to Stade Louis II on Tuesday, with kick-off scheduled for 20:45CET.