Buffon: Fans don't score goals

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Juventus face a daunting trip to Galatasaray's Turk Telecom Arena this evening but Gigi Buffon isn't scared of the atmosphere.

Juventus visit Galatasaray needing to avoid defeat to progress to the knockout stages and can expect a hostile reception but Gigi Buffon isn't fazed.

The Bianconeri have fought an impressive Champions League campaign and would be in an altogether safer position were in not for an unfortunate defeat at Real Madrid.

Going into the final round of fixtures in Group B, the Turin side trail leaders Real Madrid by seven points and lead Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen by two.

A draw with Galatasaray would be enough as even if Copenhagen upset Real Madrid they have an inferior head-to-head record.

Galatasaray's fans will be in full voice and their Turk Telecom Arena can be a tough place to go.

"Like I said in Glasgow, I have never seen the fans score a goal," Buffon told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"A lot will depend on our attitude and the response that we give when the fans make themselves heard."

So far Juventus have conceded in each of their Champions League encounters, despite their solid defence in Serie A.

"That is the anomaly of the first part of our campaign," Buffon admitted. "I hope that we can change that pattern.

"Galatasaray have great strikers but we are hoping to find the solutions to the problems they will cause."

Meanwhile, Juventus coach Antonio Conte has denied that his team will play for a draw in Turkey.

"That doesn't enter into our idea of how to play football," he insisted.

"Galatasaray are a good side and the atmosphere will be charged but we will go there to win."

Juventus will be without Andrea Pirlo who is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with knee ligament damage.

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