If a good beginning bodes well, Juventus must have understood their Champions League last 16 stage against Porto would have brought nothing good for them.
Two weeks ago, they suffered a 2-1 defeat in Portugal, conceding one goal at the beginning of each half. It was a goal from Federico Chiesa that gave them a slight edge for the decider at the Allianz Stadium.
A 1-0 win in Turin would have been enough to qualify for the quarter-finals. It was not a big deal on paper, but the Old Lady have never won with such a result so far this season.
It was a crazy game at the Allianz Stadium, one of the most thrilling in the competition's history. Porto took the lead through a Sergio Oliveira penalty kick after 19 minutes.
Juventus showed no sign of reaction for the whole first half, but it was a different story after the interval.
Federico Chiesa levelled the score with a magnificent side-foot finish before Mehdi Taremi was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball into the stands, trying to waste time. Instead, Porto lost a man and Juventus gained even more self-confidence with Chiesa who scored his second after 63 minutes.
Juventus had plenty of time to score one more and qualify for the quarter-finals.
They pushed, they tried so hard to do it. Juan Cuadrado hit the crossbar in the stoppages and the game went to the extra time. The Old Lady seemed to have the game and the qualification in their hands.
Instead, they lost control of the game, despite being up one man. When the extra time began, they allowed Porto to get back into the game.
Sergio Oliveira once again scored from a set-piece. This time it was a free-kick that went under the wall and that Wojciech Szczęsny saw too late.
Like your average FUT match in FIFA, Juventus reacted immediately and Adrien Rabiot scored the equaliser with a header from a corner kick. But it was too late.
Juventus threw away the qualification in both legs. They did everything to hurt themselves over the two matches.
Their approach and attitude over the 180 minutes were not those you imagine from a genuine Champions League contender.
A clumsy Rodrigo Bentancur pass in the early stages of Stadio Do Dragao clash had gifted Porto the first goal of the fixture, while Moussa Marega had scored the second, finding a way through six Juventus players.
Merih Demiral, Szczesny, and Juventus players in the wall, including Cristiano Ronaldo, made mistakes that were unforgivable.
The Turkey international caused an avoidable penalty kick after 19 minutes and the Poland goalkeeper was too slow when he tried to catch the Oliveira free-kick.
As happened last year, fans were happy when they were drawn with Porto for the las 16 stage, but they should have remembered what happened with Lyon only a few months earlier in a game that decided their former coach's future Maurizio Sarri.
"When you make four mistakes over two Champions League games it’s normal that you get eliminated," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia after the Allianz Stadium tie.
He also insisted he joined Juventus for a "long term project,” and therefore has no fears over his future.
He is probably right, but Juventus are going through their worst season in the last ten years. They are out of the Champions League and 10 points behind table leaders Inter in Serie A, albeit with a game in hand.
One would argue that the Old Lady began a new project this year, with a new coach and a young team and missing out on a tenth straight Scudetto would be an entirely normal thing.
But whoever makes that case couldn't be more wrong. Andrea Agnelli said at the beginning of the season, Juventus take no sabbaticals when it comes to winning titles and let’s not forget Cristiano Ronaldo is still wearing their black and white shirt.
Only one team can win the Champions League at the end of the season and the Old Lady is under no obligation to win it.
However, they had an obligation to qualify for the quarter-finals against Porto who played two good games, but did nothing out of the ordinary.
Still, Juventus were able to conceded four goals over two legs and threw it away. If they are once again out of the Champions League, they can only blame themselves.