Kroos wary of Juventus threat in Champions League tie

Updated: Mar 16, 2013, 18:25 PM IST

Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos feels that the Bavarians were unfortunate to be paired with Juventus in Friday`s draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Kroos believes that only Barcelona would have been a worse outcome, and has stressed that Bayern need two great performances if they are to reach the final four.

“Juventus knocked last year`s Champions League winners out of the competition at the group stage. It`s the least good draw after Barcelona," Kroos told the official Bayern website.”

"We`ll need two top performances to go through. It would be optimal if we won the first leg while keeping a clean sheet. Arturo Vidal has emerged as a top-class player with Juventus."

Meanwhile, Manuel Neuer is full of respect for the Serie A champions as well.

“Juventus are a big name and a great team. Italian teams are always well organised, but I still think we definitely have a chance of going through.”

"We`re looking forward to both games and we`re delighted to be starting at home."

The first leg will take place at the Allianz Arena on April 2.