Wednesday March 10 2021
Juventus must blame themselves

At the end of a tense and thrilling fixture in Turin, Juventus are eliminated from the Champions League and the Old Lady only have themselves to blame, writes Lorenzo Bettoni from the Allianz Stadium.

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.


Have your say...
Funny wasn’t it agnelli that was saying how smaller clubs don’t belong in the Champions league? Something about only European elites belong here, hell he even didn’t want Atalanta in the CL last year, because what international history do they have to merit being here?? He’s truly elitist when it comes to this stuff, and it’s poetic justice that Juve have been knocked out by Ajax (who have twice as many CL titles than Juve), Lyon, and Porto (same amount of CL’s as Juve) over the past 3 seasons.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:50am
Copy and paste this article in 12 months... Ronaldo's time is up at Juve however we all know they wont sell him so I can see another last 16 elimination at the hands of a European lightweight again..
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:48am
Juve first half were so so poor last night. There needs to be an overhaul especially in Midfield. I cannot stress how poor Rabiot/Ramsey/Artur and Bentacour are. Not Juve quality at all.

Bring in Pogba/Aaquar/Olivera (Porto)if possible. Maybe even sell Ronaldo now, the project has failed miserably last night.

They won't win Serie A either..
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:48am
Going to be a difficult few years for juve I think. Have almost lost their crown to inter (inter much stronger all over the pitch now) and in desperate need of a rebuild. I just hope we don’t end up trying to take their old washed up players in. Def something we would do. They’ll struggle in these COVID times to spend though, so think the pain is going to be real for a while. Start with Ronaldo, has to go surely. Pirlo also well out of his depth.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:40am
i dont know it just seems since ronaldo arrival we have maybe developed an arrogance. we lost the grit and fight we once had. but i also think there is mental or cultural problem. i saw it under allegri. when juve has a team on the ropes. we dont go in for the kill. when juve was up 2-1. it almost seemed like the team relaxed. i am starting to see that ronaldo too is on his last legs. there is no more fire left. it would be wise to sell him and build young team around chiesa and dybala.get pogba
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:35am
Juve first half were so so poor last night. There needs to be an overhaul especially in Midfield. I cannot stress how poor Rabiot/Ramsey/Artur and Bentacour are. Not Juve quality at all.

Bring in Pogba/Aaquar/Olivera (Porto)if possible. Maybe even sell Ronaldo now, the project has failed miserably last night.

They won't win Serie A either..
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:32am
Pirlo has to leave no matter how much responsibility he should take. The loss to the biggest haters, Fiorentina, Napoli and Inter, and the loss to Porto hurt all the die hard fans. 10 points behind Inter was not How good Inter r but how bad Juventus r.
Keeping Paratici and hiring Sarri r the fundamental mistake and it changed everything.
Kulusevski is the most disappointing transfer in the last decade.
From hindsight, exchange Dybala with Lukaku would be a winner. Allegri was right.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 8:09am
There's not much to say about yesterday's disaster. It's a transitional year with lots of new players, injuries, a new coach. Juve won't win any titles this year, and we (the fans) shouldn't have expected anything else. Next season will be important, it will make or break Pirlo's tenure. I'm not even mad, honestly, Porto deserved to qualify (hats off to them) - not because they were great, no, but they showed character and team spirit. That being said, Juve made too many avoidable mistakes.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 7:44am
And the rest of Serie A needs to sort itself out as well. Because year after year we are getting embarrassed in the Champions League. We're no longer tactically superior and we can't seem to get the best out of the players. Serie A was denied seeing the brilliance of Salah because of Roma's poor tactics, and Pirlo can't even get the best of Ronaldo for god sake.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 7:11am
What exactly do all these directors actually do? They don't seem to be able to appoint managers with appropriate experience. They don't seem to have any plan for the players who are moved around like cattle. Juve directors aside, they can't seem to organise new stadiums. All that seems to happen is clubs get more and more into debt because of poorly managed transfer policies and endless manager sackings. If anyone should be blamed for this debacle it's the Juve directors who appointed a novice.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 7:09am
How is a manager with less than 6 months top flight experience expected to compete in the Champions League? If Juve had put out a team of youth players people would think they lost their marbles. So how has it become acceptable in Serie A for top teams to be managed by total novices? The manager is THE most important person at the club. Not the players, certainly not the directors. And why do so many Serie A teams have such top heavy structures?
on the 10th March, 2021 at 7:07am
We can go on and on about errors, coaches, wrong players, etc. We can go on an on about how the midfield is just not good enough, CR7 is finished, etc. But the sad truth is that Juve does not instill that European mentality. They do not buy players who's primary aim is to win in Europe. It's always serie A that's the priority. Whilst that mentality lasts, there will never be any Champions League success
on the 10th March, 2021 at 5:31am

And turning away in a wall during a free-kick is a shocking schoolboy-level offense.

But who's going to scream at Ronaldo for not standing firm in the wall ... Pirlo? Unlikely.

Sczcesny should have done better too.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 5:23am

As for Juve, far too much deadwood. But they'll be hard to shift on huge wages.

Out: Perin, Sczcesny - De Sciglio, Rugani, Sandro, Danilo - Pjaca, D Costa, Bernardeschi, Ramsey - maybe Dybala and Ronaldo

Potentials in: Donnarumma/Alaba/Garcia, all Bosmans - Isak and Oyarzabal from RS - Aouar from Lyon - a RB - Zaniolo a year from now if he stays fit.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 5:18am

Same old, same old from Italian teams in Europe

Despite the delusions that some fans have that Serie A is still a top league, the reality is very different

Slow, predictable football, lack of urgency, too many overrated/overpaid epl has-beens, dreadful stadiums, backward thinking, lack of faith in youth (not as bad now)

Can we have a season where Italy isn't embarrassed in Europe?

Can Atalanta do what they do best and get the away goals v RM?

Can Milan and Roma do something? Anyone?
on the 10th March, 2021 at 5:01am
Fire everyone starting with nerved and paratici.

Absolute disgrace. Just awful. Ronaldo should be sold and chiellini and bonucci should be shipped out. Where is Dybala? The team is clearly in disarray. Officially official. They are almost unwatchable. Kicked out in the round of 16 three straight years against Ajax, Lyon and Porto. Unacceptable.

Fire everyone.

By the way, our goalie stinks and we have zero midfield. Arthur was €70 million? Laughable.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 3:44am
Couldn't say it better. Juventus started the game with the wrong tempo, as it is becoming a regular theme this season. Players are partially at fault for this, but I think the coaching staff should take bigger blame for not having a team fired up showing up on the field, especially after the debacle of the first leg.

Now let's get to the main problem. JUVENTUS NEED BETTER MIDFIELDERS, this has been the case for the longest time since we lost the dynasty of a midfield in Pogba, Vidal, and Pirlo
on the 10th March, 2021 at 3:31am
Just wanted to stop by and congratulate writer and Juvefan Lorenzo Bettoni on his 2 brillant blogs on here, this past week.

From "Juventus greater than their problems" to "Juventus must blame themselves" in 1 week. Ha ha ha.

Ajax, Lyon, Porto now. Juve paid 100 million euros for CR7 and pays him 31 million net every season in wages.

Just to be clear on how poor money management that is, thats more than Inter pay Lautaro, Lukaku, Barella, Eriksen and Hakimi together.

Paratici wonderclass lol.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 1:54am
It is just so frustrating following this team in Europe. I mean how hard was it to just win 1 0 tonight? Ronaldo was nowhere to be seen. The attitude of so many of these players is unacceptable. Porto ran harder than we did over the two legs. Another European season of failure. It’s time for Paratici and Nedved to go.
on the 10th March, 2021 at 1:47am
Team building was sacrificed for that selfish goal hugger. Takes every free kick despite hitting the wall everytime, never gets subbed otherwise he cries. Moans at his teammates whereas zlatan encourages. Always shoots and never thinks to pass.

Stifled dybala, Costa and berna. Had to sell mandzu, pjanic and higuain cos they have to pay him £30m a year.

Get rid. You can buy 2 world class players (haaland + donnarumma) on a salary of £10m a year and extend dybalas contract
on the 10th March, 2021 at 1:08am

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