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Pirlo wary of Celtic sting

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo could be forgiven for having the 2005 Champions League final on his mind when the Italian side take a 3-0 advantage into tonight's last 16 second-leg clash against Celtic.

Pirlo was in the shell-shocked AC Milan team who blew a 3-0 half-time lead against Liverpool before losing on penalties in one of the most astonishing European finals in history.

Celtic, beaten 3-0 at home, need to end Juve's 17-match unbeaten European run and re-write the Champions League record books when they visit the Italian champions but Pirlo has seen it all. "I've been in football long enough to know miracles happen. I can still remember the Champions League final against Liverpool," the 33-year-old said.

"Liverpool scored three goals in just a half, whereas Celtic have a whole game. It would be dangerous to consider that the tie is won yet."

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is already looking ahead to the next round by saying he wanted to avoid Porto in the quarter-finals.

"They are little known but capable of anything, because they have players of great value," he said.


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