Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo says his side won’t try and play out a draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League clash this week in order to secure their progress to the knockout stages and dump Chelsea out of the competition.
Chelsea stumbled to a 3-0 defeat against Juventus last month to leave them on the brink of becoming the first champions to be knocked out at the group stages in the Champions League era.
The Stamford Bridge club’s only chance of progressing is by beating rock-bottom Group E rivals Nordsjaelland on Wednesday and hoping for a Shakhtar victory over Juventus in Ukraine.
Talk in the build-up to the game has centred around whether both Juventus and Shakhtar will protect their own interests by playing out a draw to eliminate Chelsea, but Pirlo says that isn’t something him and his team-mates would ever consider.
"Any talk of playing for a draw is not true of any of the players here at Juventus and I am sure it is not true of the Shakhtar players,” he said. “We want to win the group and I am sure Shakhtar do as well.
"We have no duty to help Chelsea, but we have a duty to ourselves and to our fans to try and win the group. We want to win the group and I am sure Shakhtar do as well.
“Any talk of playing for a draw is not true of any of the players here at Juventus and I am sure it is not true of the Shakhtar players."
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio echoed the sentiments of his team-mate, and insists the Serie A outfit will be doing all they can to claim three points and top spot in the group.
He said: “A draw is not what we are after. It is a risk for both teams to play for a draw. We have to go there to play our own game and try to win the match.”
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