Andrea Pirlo believes Juventus are ‘better’ than Barcelona and that they can ‘destroy’ Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Juve are considered to have been handed one of the better last-eight draws, despite Ajax thrashing Real Madrid in the previous round, and Pirlo is backing his former club to deliver.

“Ajax are a good draw. Physically Juve can destroy them,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Juventus seem better than Barcelona, but [Manchester] City are dangerous. I already gave [Juve] a big chance of winning [the Champions League].

“That’s providing they convince themselves that it’s necessary to play with that rhythm and mentality from the first minute of every game [referring to the second leg against Atletico Madrid], which is what Juve didn’t do in Madrid.”

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