Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes that his side has proved that it belongs in the Champions League, having recorded a 3-0 win over Chelsea.
Goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco were enough to seal a vital three points for the Serie A leaders, who are now poised to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition.
"It's wonderful," he told reporters. "Some had doubts about us, but I think we cast those aside by playing like this. We have our certainties and know that we still have to quality. I hope we can do that.
"When you give such a convincing performance - in tactical, physical, psychological terms - it's a great sign for Juve and for Italy. If we should go out, at least we achieved nine points, which means we fought on level terms with everyone and got back to being competitive. That was imperative.
"We won in every area tonight. We were hungrier, sharper, more attacking, more creative and with a little more precision, we could have scored even more."
Juventus needs a mere point from its trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk to confirm a place in the next phase of the competition.
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