Bonucci gunning for Real Madrid next

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci hopes that they will face Real Madrid next in the knock-out stage of the Champions League.

Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus

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Juventus qualified top of their Champions League group after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0, which means that they will most likely face clubs like Porto, Galatasaray or Celtic while avoiding the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and PSG in the next round.

However, Bonucci has revealed that he would be hoping to play against Real Madrid, who finished second in their group, in order to test themselves.

"Looking at the seeds, they are the most prestigious teams," he told reporters after the match.

"Only Real Madrid stand out in the second pot, but when you reach this level they are all difficult. I want Real Madrid in the next round as I have never played at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"We have grown over the course of the competition, proving we have grown in confidence, belief and that we study our opponents carefully.

"We came here to play our game and we said we would not be playing for a draw."

Bonucci's team-mate Stephan Lichtsteiner, meanwhile, named Celtic as his preferred opponent, and explained the inspiration behind his celebration in the aftermath of Giovinco's winner.

"I celebrated by doing the 'Pinocchio' gesture of a long nose because Giovinco said he scored when I clearly saw [Oleksandr] Kucher's deflection," he added.

"I have to praise the team, as we all played a great game. It isn't easy for anyone to win here, so it must be seen as a real achievement.

"We feel like ourselves again after an ugly performance against AC Milan, and now we want to continue like this."

"They are all wonderful games to go into and complicated opponents. I would like to play Celtic."

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