Juventus coach Antonio Conte says only a victory against FC Copenhagen will do tomorrow when the Italian champions make their latest bid for Champions League survival.
After four Group B games, Juve are still winless and sit bottom of the pile on three points, seven behind leaders Real Madrid.
However, Juve are only one point behind second-placed Galatasaray and Copenhagen, meaning a win on Wednesday could propel them up to second place - if Real are victorious against Galatasaray in Madrid.
Depending on events in the Spanish capital, that scenario could leave i Bianconeri on six points with a possible two-point cushion on Galatasaray ahead of a tricky away trip to Istanbul next month. If Juventus manage only a draw against the Danes, qualification becomes far more complicated, while defeat would end Conte's hopes of taking his side into the last 16 knockout phase for the second successive season.
Conte in recent days lamented the fact they may have to depend on results elsewhere to join the last 16, which they qualified for last season before making it to the quarter-finals and being ousted by eventual winners Bayern Munich. He told media today: "We really don't have any other choice but to win. A crucial and very difficult match awaits us because it's all over if we don't take the three points."
Following a 2-0 win over Livorno on Sunday, which propelled the Old Lady of Italian football to the top of Serie A for the first time this season, Juventus are confident they can overcome the Danish visitors. Although, ultimately, goals will be crucial for the Italians, Conte says the wealth of experience throughout his squad means they will approach the match in a "calm" manner.
"We're calm. I have a squad that has experienced these kind of crucial matches for the past two and a half years and they also know how to deal with it," added Conte.
Having experimented with a 4-3-3 away to Real Madrid (1-2) and at home (2-2) against the runaway group leaders, Conte is set to field his traditional 3-5-2 tomorrow. "It gives us most guarantees," added Conte.