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Tuesday June 6 2017
Juve still sent a message

Real Madrid crushed Juventus’ dream of winning the Champions League for the first team in 21 years, but Vincent Van Genechten insists calcio is strong again.

It was meant to be the time for Juventus to hand Italy its first Champions League trophy since 2010, when Inter hoisted the trophy with the big ears. The Old Lady were even in for an historic Treble, having already secured the Serie A title and Coppa Italia, their third consecutive domestic Double.

The Bianconeri had lost the 2015 Champions League Final to a superior Barcelona team. However, this time no side had been more impressive than Juve. Just ask Lionel Messi and his Blaugrana. Still, a poor second half and a deflected Casemiro shot meant Los Blancos took home their third trophy in the last four seasons with a 4-1 win, their 12th overall. Historic.

Some might say Juventus bottled the Final. Some might say it was proof Italian football is still far behind Spain. In reality, however, the Bianconeri showed the world that Italian football can be exciting, fun to watch, and, above all, successful on the biggest stage.

Despite the loss, Juventus were 30 minutes away from doing the unthinkable. It took a deflected shot for Real to make the difference. The fact that they eventually scored four goals means nothing in terms of difference in quality and power between the Spanish and Italian champions.

Spanish football has dominated the European level during the past decade, winning numerous Champions League and Europa League titles, next to winning two European Championships and one World Cup. That means when it comes to trophies, there’s a lot of work to do for Italian clubs and the Azzurri.

However, with Juventus reaching two Champions League Finals in the last three years and the Azzurri’s new generation ready to get going, Italian football has shown the world that it’s very much alive and kicking. Napoli are proven to be a team to be reckoned with, while Roma are moving in the right direction. Meanwhile, there’s hope for the Milanese clubs with their Chinese takeovers.

Juventus have laid down the foundations for them and other Italian clubs to get better. In past years, not one star player considered a move to Serie A. This summer, numerous big names have been rumoured to be considering an Italian job. That change of mind might be the most important consequence of Juventus’ European success. Even in my Belgium, the journalists and analysts admitted they liked the Old Lady’s evolution.

Calcio once ruled the world. In today’s football, it will be hard to get back to that number one spot for Italian clubs. There’s just too much money involved in other countries. But there’s always the path of smart management, the path of Juventus. Many won’t like to follow the Old Lady’s example, but it is the only way.

On paper, Real Madrid might have won the Champions League Final, but in the end Juventus and Italian football might just be the winners in everyone’s mind. Players are once again looking to Italy as an option and football fans are excited about Italian players and clubs. There’s sunshine in the rain, folks. And the sun is shining for Italian football.  

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Have your say...
I don't care about peoples view on previous winning teams, and all about the 'what ifs' and 'buts', and also the slagging off Juve as a bad team in the final.

Juve were very good all season, and I accept that they lost.

What they need are a couple of world class re-enforcements. I shall personally look forward to next season. They can win in Europe, and Europe knows this to. FORZA JUVE!!!
on the 10th June, 2017 at 2:07pm
@ Theo - Love the smart people on here like you saying Juve can't compete in Europe..lol. Last I checked we knocked out Porto, Barcelona, and Monaco before our finals loss. Serie A can thank as usual, Juventus for keeping any spot light on our league. More of the same next year.
on the 10th June, 2017 at 1:20am
It always been like that with Allegri. Changing always winning formation, because he, apparently, spotted something in the opponents side that needs changing. We were eager to wait this "all star attack" formation, and he changed it again, therefore he couldn't take all the praising of it succeeds. And, nobody going to question his poor preparation of the team second halfs all season? We had terrible second half against most big teams in the leagues. How nobody foresee that in the CL final game?
on the 9th June, 2017 at 12:10am
We lost it because of Allegri. I have no doubt about it. He seems to bottle it in big games. I cannot forgive him for making Vidal trequartista in 2015 final, taking morata and cuadrado off second half at Allianz arena after we were winning, and dropping the formation 4-2-3-1 that won against Barca in the final against Madrid. He doesn't care about cups. He wants to be in the center of attention for making "difficult" decision in crucial matches that, if it goes his way, he'd be branded a genius
on the 9th June, 2017 at 12:05am
Yawn... Mandzukic scores one goal by accidentally looping the ball over the keeper with his back turned and all of the sudden he is a superstar :D:D:D

oh and yes, the lucky Chelsea and the lucky Inter somehow got more UCL than you in the last 100 years. Ha ha ha ha

P.S. Pjanic is garbage..and anyone who watches football knows that

P.P.S. Where was your $90,000,000 superstar in the final? I mean he is so much better than the one time wonder players and the benchers.
on the 9th June, 2017 at 12:02am
@FORZA JUBE ...Jube supporters appear to be a lot of fans of the "what ifs"...what if they played against B.M. in 2010...what if Inter played R.M. in 2017...well what if my aunt had balls? Well she would be my uncle.

The current Serie A state is 100% the fault of your corrupt and disgusting club. Just wait till digital assistance/ref is introduced and then you will be back where you belong (In Serie B)
on the 8th June, 2017 at 10:43pm
@KO99 hahahaha. You are too good my friend. You miss Mandzukics goal in the final? one of the all time UCL final greats. And let's not forget the other goal he scored in the other UCL final he won with Bayern.

And yes anyone who has watched football will know that Pjanic and Sandro are both better in their respective positions than Kalou (Chelsea bench player) and 1 season wonder Malouda.

Are you some kind of hidden Chelsea fan who thinks that your UCL win 2012 wasn't 100% based on luck?
on the 8th June, 2017 at 8:53pm
@Jubentino Oh let me guess: players like Malouda and Kalou are a joke but Mandzukic , Sando and Pjianic are superstars...wake up dude and face it. Without Rizzoli and/or Tagliavento you cannot win in the UCL.
on the 8th June, 2017 at 8:08pm
@ ALL INTER FANS: I will tell you about what pathetic is....pathetic is if Inter had to face Haopel Beer-Sheva for the CL finals you would have got ruined - just imagine what RM would do to your team ! Serie A is only dead because your team competes with Fiorentina and Torino for 7th place. If you were a champions league level team you would realize that Napoli got kicked out after the round of 16 afterlosing to RM and Roma had red cards in their CL qualification
on the 8th June, 2017 at 7:38pm
Wow you juve fans just don't get it you can win all the scudetti you want by all means, the league isn't that competitive right now and you keep buying the best players from your rivals. But my god do you guys chock in finals, and this "I rather be in a final and lose then not be in a final at all" mentality is really pathetic cause your guys record is 2-7 so keep playing that card and "showing messages" ha. I'm a Milan fan but geez even inter has won in the 21st century.
on the 8th June, 2017 at 1:15am
@KO99 - Malouda??? HAHAHAHA Wow what a player.

And this Juve team couldn't live with the pace of that Chelsea or Barca team?

Hmm ok then - yeah I guess Neymar Messi and Suarez ain't that quick.

And the whole Monaco team who we shut down - yeah I guess they are renowned for playing slow slow football with slow and old players.

If you're gonna get involved in this argument at least make SOME sense.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 8:24pm
Funny all these Roma and Napoli fans, saying all that counts is trophies. Juve won all the trophies there were to win in italy. How can you possibly say that, when your pathetic little clubs have won so few trophies.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 7:22pm
Everyone in Italia knows we're the superior team in the league, and have a depth of talent that's unmatched. We showed in our Journey to the final that we can play with any team in Europe. I'll take a final and loss, over no final at all. meanwhile the Anti Juve tifosi are watching their teams in the Europa league, or being knocked out every year in the group stage, or qualifiers. Now we'll sign Schick, and Costa, get a health Pjaca back and make another run next season.


Fino Alla Fine
on the 7th June, 2017 at 6:11pm
@Jubentino continued...your current team is slow and would have not been able to keep up with the pace of teams like Chelsea and Barcelona...same way you were not able to keep up with the pace of the current R. Madrid team....oh and thank you for reminding us of the handball during our Barca game...but conveniently you forgot to remind us of the incorrect offside (1st game), incorrect red card, Messi's elbow to Maicon's face...it is really comical when Jube fan's complain about ref's mistakes :D
on the 7th June, 2017 at 4:54pm
@ Jubentino Wake up man and stop living in wonderland. Chelsea not only had Kalou but also Drogba, Ballack, Malouda and many others. They had a very solid and very fast paced team. The same goes for Barca. The reason Inter was able to eliminate both teams is by playing with a very compact defense and lightening fast attack with amazing passing from Sneijder. Very few teams were able to keep up with the pace from Eto'o, Maicon, Pandev and Motta.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 4:45pm
@cockking Would like some cheese with your whine? Your team lost and got crushed...just accept it and more on. Instead, you are trying to discredit Inter's success, complain about deflections, and what not. The truth is Juve choked and Allegri showed no balls. He reverted to 4-2-2 instead of using the attacking and successful formation that worked so well late in the season.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 4:32pm
Juve keep losing in finals it actually makes Serie a look bad. If anything Napoli will start pushing forward Serie a with the way they play and will start winning trophies by next season.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 4:10pm
@ Juventino

"Plus as per usual with some of you, you conveniently forget that 1 of your goals was offside and what should have been a late Barcelona winner was incorrectly ruled out for handball."

You are forgetting we played a man down for over an hour because of a diving cheat in Camp Nou. I don't think many survive under that kind of pressure without some serious mental strength.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 11:31am
No matter which way you cut this - Juve collapsed yet AGAIN. Fans don't care about their team sending OUT A MESSAGE. They care about seeing their team lift the trophy. Call me pessimistic - but I have a feeling even if they make it to the final next year - they will fail again. They need to save your best football for the final. All this 'made 2 finals in 3 years' does not wash with me. Somebody should point out it took them 12 years to make it to the first final under Allegri.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 11:18am
Anyone who thinks Serie A is weaker now than it was 8 or 9 years ago is either dumb or spiteful. Yes, it's nowhere near its heyday, but no other league has ever reached that either.

Juve vanished in the 2nd half but it was a great run to the final given where they were 6 years ago.

@THEO - It's wishful (or bitter) thinking on your part France will overtake Italy anytime soon. Monaco will sell, PSG are turining into a bit of a joke (ala Mercenary City) and the rest are no threat to Italy.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 9:28am
@Theo you keep relentlessly banging on about Juve taking other clubs talent but what you're conveniently forgetting as that we are keeping the money in Serie A - 120 million to be exact with Pjanic and Higuain.

If Napoli and Roma are too stupid to spend that money wisely then it's not our problem.

And with the amount of money that the 2 Milan clubs are about to have at their disposal, if they still continue to fail in Serie A and not qualify for Europe then they are even more to blame than us
on the 7th June, 2017 at 8:15am
You people just don't let it go do you.

THAT CHELSEA TEAM had KALOU UP FRONT and the only goal they scored against you was a huge Cesar mistake. Yes the Barca team collectively was better than this one - individually certainly not. We handle 2 legs much better than 1 so who's to say we wouldn't have beaten them.

Plus as per usual with some of you, you conveniently forget that 1 of your goals was offside and what should have been a late Barcelona winner was incorrectly ruled out for handball.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 8:11am
Juve didn't send any message other then they lost. Again. There is nothing left to be sent. You either win at this point or your a loser. End of story.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 2:44am
Juve lost due to coaching error in the 2nd half by bad deflections and a 442 formation that Allegri implemented which to my dismay still until this day I don't understand why.I mean if your gonna shut the door at the back go with a 451 formation or a 3511 which gives you a bit more options to kill off the game if the score was still 1,1 or 2,1 that is.At the end it was Juve's choice to win or lose the game and not that Madrid killed us.Like I said Coaching error and Bad luck on those deflections
on the 7th June, 2017 at 1:47am
@juventino in your defense what do these so called professional clown pundits,THEO,INTERISTA IRLANDESE,KO99,ANONYMOUS,NAYGER,MMMMMM,HAVE IN COMMON,They can only throw insults and slurs but pretty sure their petty teams are worst off than they really think.Watch this I'm gonna get such creative responses from these class clowns with their I know this and I know that and your a this and a that. Juve in the last 3 years made it to the final twice NUFF SAID
on the 7th June, 2017 at 1:36am
On another note, I'm tired of seeing teams like roma and napoli in the Champions l age every year and flunk out early on. Hurry up milan and inter and start spending the money for good players. I'd rather have juve milan inter and whoever the fourth is to represent italy. It was sad to see juve fall in the final. But I do believe italy will shine again in the next couple years. Call me crazy, milan if they continue to buy good players will challenge for the scudetto next season!
on the 7th June, 2017 at 1:19am
I don't know why all this media talk of saying Juventus and the italian league are light years behind Spain and England. Juventus made it to the finals for crying out loud, they destroyed Barcelona who are supposed to be the best team in the world. It's no fluke they made it to the finals in two years and in the first half they looked great. Sadly fell asleep in the second. If there was a rematch I'm sure it wouldn't go that badly.
on the 7th June, 2017 at 1:15am
Once France overtakes the dead league known as serie a, and the league drops to having a single side in the Champions League, we can all gather around to reflect what message was sent by juve. France will then have 4 guaranteed group stage spots, and will NOT lose them like Italy has.

Oh right juve plans to break away from the league anyway after killing it. But how desperate they are to wrap themselves in the flag when they need it.

Like I said, satisfaction.
on the 6th June, 2017 at 11:43pm
Your CURRENT team would have lost to both Chelsea and Barcelona of 2010.
on the 6th June, 2017 at 9:34pm
Godd I'm not saying the Juve team back then would have beaten Bayern, I'm saying this Juve team would have.

And I'm not diminishing anyones accomplishments - I'm just pointing out that the overall quality of the competition has gone up. That was a great Inter team period.

And Theo u sound incredibly delusional. This Juve team over the past 3 years has knocked out both Real and Barca and dominated Bayern with Hernanes in midfield.

It took Bayern 3 attempts in 4 years to win this trophy...
on the 6th June, 2017 at 9:19pm

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