Bianconeri held by Galatasaray at home on Wednesday night.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has admitted that they have made life difficult for themselves if they want to advance beyond the Champions League group stages.
The Serie A champions were held to a 2-2 draw by Galatasaray in Turin on Wednesday night, despite Gala boss Roberto Mancini having taken charge just days earlier.
It follows a 1-1 draw with Copenhagen in their Group B opener, and with back-to-back games against Real Madrid coming up, things could look even more bleak for Conte and his players.
“Now our journey is hard,” Conte told La Gazzetta dello Sport as reported by Sky Sports.
“But this should not discourage us. We have to continue to play with a knife between our teeth.”
While the Italian tactician would have been pleased with the fightback he saw from his players to overturn a 1-0 deficit against the Turkish champions, the late equaliser that they eventually conceded would have undoubtedly irked him.
The result leaves Juve in second place and four points behind Madrid at the top, and only one point clear of both Copenhagen and Galatasaray.
Meanwhile, they travel to the Bernabeu on October 23, before hosting their Spanish rivals in Turin on November 5.
It marks a bitterly disappointing start to the competition for the Serie A giants, particularly considering that many in Italy had tipped the Bianconeri to have a genuine chance of lifting the trophy.
While they are by no means in imminent danger of an early exit, Conte will want to pick up valuable points in the next two games ahead of facing their direct rivals for second place in the group.