I'm not thinking about Ronaldo yet – Barzagli

Both the experienced defender and team-mate Giorgio Chiellini say the focus must be on the derby clash with Torino and not the tie against Real Madrid

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli says he will not allow himself to start thinking about the prospect of facing Cristiano Ronaldo just yet.

The Serie A leaders have been drawn against holders Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals in a repeat of the last-four clash from 2003.

Ronaldo scored three times in the two group games against Juventus last season but Barzagli is confident the collective efforts of his team can nullify the Portugal star – though he says now is not the time to start planning for the tie.

“I don’t want to think about it too much. We must think of Torino first,” he told Sky when asked about meeting Ronaldo.

“It will be a great challenge. We knew we would have to play a strong opponent anyway. We don’t start as favourites but we’ll play without fear.

“They have a squad of great players. Juve’s strength is not the defence, but the collective. We help each other out on the pitch.”

Giorgio Chiellini, meanwhile, admits battling to win the treble is taking its toll this season but is confident they can cause problems for Madrid.

“It will be difficult, of course – we face the reigning champions, a team full of phenomenal players. But we can put them in trouble,” he told the club’s official website. “We need two great performances.

“Playing on three fronts is difficult because there are a lot of commitments and you spend a lot of energy. But we have not achieved anything yet and now we have to be good to win as much as possible.

“We have to forget the excitement of the Champions League and focus on the derby.”

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