Hernanes: Juventus have proven to be a major European force

After defeat in the final last season to Barcelona, the Serie A champion crashed out in the round of 16 this time around as Bayern Munich proved to be too strong after extra time.

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Juventus midfielder Hernanes has made only 19 appearances this season.

Hernanes feels Juventus has shown it is a force to be reckoned with in Europe this campaign and is confident it will clinch glory in the Champions League in the near future.

After defeat in the final last season to Barcelona, the Serie A champion crashed out in the round of 16 this time around as Bayern Munich proved to be too strong after extra time. But Hernanes believes their performances at the highest level were further proof of their ability to compete with the best.

"We've shown that we're a real force not only in Italy but also in Europe, by going toe to toe with Bayern," Hernanes told reporters. "I think that we're ready now to go all the way in the Champions League."

Juventus is close to the Serie A title after a disappointing start to the season, but Hernanes has warned it is not there just yet. Massimiliano Allegri's side holds a nine-point lead over second-placed Napoli with four games to go as it closes in on a fifth straight Scudetto.

"After getting to know one another, each of us has managed to contribute to this extraordinary season," he added. "If I had to describe our revival in a musical sense, I would suggest one of those songs that starts slowly, then grows and grows before erupting at the very end."

"We've not won anything yet. There's still a little way to go before retaining our crown and we need to stay fully focused on the task at hand."

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