No let up from Juve

The Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri wants his side to go for the kill against the Slovakians Artmedia Bratislava.
The Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri is focused on Champions League qualification.
The Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri is focused on Champions League qualification.

The Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri wants his side to go for the kill against the Slovakians Artmedia Bratislava in the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie tomorrow, even though the Italian's are already 4-0 up from the first game. Goals from Italy internationals Mauro Camoranesi, Alessandro del Piero, Giorgio Chiellini and Nicola Legrottaglie completed the rout in Turin.

All four are in the squad for the clash in Slovakia, as Ranieri's men go looking to kill off a tie which already looks dead and buried on paper. "We're going there to finish off the qualification," Ranieri said. We know that we should have the same determination as we had in the first leg in Turin. We'll come up against a tough rival who'll be going all out to put on a good showing in front of their own fans."

Barcelona also built up a four-goal cushion in their first-leg tie against the Polish team Wisla Krakow. Dani Alves is in the 20-man squad but Lionel Messi is still missing following his exertions in Argentina's triumphant Olympics campaign. Looking ahead to tomorrow's game, Barca midfielder Alexander Hleb said: "You could say that it's mission accomplished but it's an important game which we have to play. I hope we return from Poland with another win and without any injuries."

Also tomorrow, Sparta Prague travel to Greece looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Panathinaikos. * Agencies

Published: August 25, 2008 04:00 AM

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