Thursday April 11 2013
Bruised Juve bow out

Juventus have been eliminated from the Champions League following a 2-0 second leg defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. Luca Cetta writes.

Juventus huffed and puffed, but the Bayern wall didn’t come crumbling down. Antonio Conte vowed the team which took the field at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday would be a different prospect than the one comprehensively beaten a week earlier. ‘Scatenate L’inferno’ – Unleash Hell – cried Tuttosport. And for portions of the second leg, the Bianconeri did pressure the Bavarians. But it wasn’t enough against the slick Bayern machine, who produced a calculated display to earn a 4-0 aggregate triumph. “We certainly played better than the first leg, but Bayern proved they are a very strong side and one stronger than us,” admitted Andrea Barzagli afterwards.

Andrea Pirlo came closest for the home side during the first half, stinging the palms of Manuel Neuer with a free-kick. Juve survived some threatening Bayern incursions, and in the second half the tie was almost put to rest by Arjen Robben. His shot curled off the post, but Mario Mandzukic was not to be denied minutes later.

A set piece whipped into the penalty area was met by Javi Martinez and his parried attempt fell invitingly for the Croat. He made no mistake from close range. At that moment, the majority of the 40,000 in attendance – who lived in hope and had seen Borussia Dortmund snatch victory from the jaws of defeat a night earlier – knew it was over. Claudio Pizarro made it an emphatic triumph in injury time. Bayern qualify for yet another semi-final. Juventus are left to ponder what might have been.

The Bianconeri were dealt a blow with the suspensions of first-choice players Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal from the first leg. Simone Padoin and Paul Pogba stepped in and for the first 45 minutes especially, were excellent. They had chances, Pirlo’s free-kick and a Fabio Quagliarella shot that cracked the outside of the post their best. This was a better Juve from the outset, as Barzagli noted. The Old Lady showed greater comfort in possession, more desire and determination.

But for all the endeavour, there was something lacking. The inferno never truly arrived. That precious first goal to whip the crowd into a frenzy and give Juventus the momentum was sorely missed. Whether a moment of inspiration or luck, it did not fall Juve’s way. The threat of an early Bayern away goal killing the tie loomed. It held Conte’s men back a touch. That and the fact the Bavarians are a quality outfit. After they weathered the initial storm, Jupp Heynckes’ side were proficient with the ball, tactically smart and always in command of the tie.

Pogba underlined the sense of helplessness: “We would have liked to score early but they didn’t let us, they played a great game, so there was nothing we could do, especially after they managed to score.”

Barzagli believes Juventus have a step to climb in order to reach Bayern’s level. Champions League experience, he also notes, played a large part in their opponents success. “We need to improve in order to reach their level and maybe by working hard we can get there. This was our first Champions League in many years, for some of us the first full stop. Bayern have been at this level for five or six years, but we are just dipping our toes in.”

A number of Juve players stepped on to the pitch last September at Stamford Bridge – or in subsequent matches – making their Champions League debuts. The campaign was Conte’s first on the sidelines. The squad and Coach will grow and learn. The core can lead Juventus in seasons to come. They may have bowed out, but the Old Lady will be back stronger following a wholly positive experience in 2012-13.

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on the 22nd January, 2014 at 6:26am
I think saying this a works in progress is the easy way out, Juventus since 2003 have crumpled in the final stages of European football - think Juventus Liverpool CL 2005 – Juventus Chelsea CL 2009 and Juventus Fulham Europe 2010 – The Liverpool game Juventus just needed a goal on the home leg to get through, and the Fulham game Juventus were leading 4 1 on aggregate and Fulham got 4 goals !!! Napoli rolled over this season in the Europa and AC Milan, have a history of losing big leads, classic examples Liverpool CL final 2005 and the famous Deportivo La Coruna 4 nil come back in 2004 -- I thought this season at least Juventus and Lazio would get the semi’s – yet alias no, again disappointed and next season I strongly feel the same
on the 18th April, 2013 at 10:48am
Said it like a BOSS LoL...

The guy does have a point though, Inter was the last Italian team to win the Champions League back in 2010 but I can't remember which Italian team last won the Europa League ? In fact it's none because it was still the defunct Uefa Cup in the 90's...
on the 14th April, 2013 at 5:37pm
@BOSS! you are absolutely right in your saying, and you stone age mind Manni if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen Mo Fo! It does not take a genius to figure out what is going on with Italian football!!!! Yes, ask the nos 1 of serie a they know! daa! what disgust me the most is when I think French league could leap frog Italian serie a and the rank.. if this happens! the powers of serie a should be shot right in the very front forehead!!! join 'em if u like!
on the 14th April, 2013 at 9:54am
. buffon

lichestiener barzagli chellini asamoah

strootman pogba

suarez jovetic diamanti


subs. storari. bonucci. padoin. isla. marchisio. vidal. pirlo. vucinic.

sell peluso. matri quagarella. giovinco. melo sorenson
martinez. de ceglie. pepe. giaccerini

so thats 10 players sold. n 4 bought
on the 13th April, 2013 at 8:16pm
Manni, mm u battered Madrid and I'm a juve fan. Even mou knows it and admitted it. I think you know full well Man U would thrash any Italian team. Crying about them having an easy group is pathetic. They struggled this year? I think juve and Milan did also. The fact Italian teams get knocked out so easily in all European competitions sums up serie a, every team sucks. Serie a needs a guy like me to go over there and improve the league, to teach them how 2 run for more then 5 minutes
on the 13th April, 2013 at 7:54pm
Manni, you acknowledge the Italian game needs reforming. That's true it does, but that a small part of the picture. We all know they can get their own stadiums as juve I'd it. It's just that Italian footy is stuck in the Stone Age, every other big league evolved, serie a didnt. If your tv rights r pathetic along with ticket sales it is a testament to the boring footy being played. The bigger picture is the rubbish football played in serie a, no1 knows what their doing in serie a
on the 13th April, 2013 at 7:48pm
Manni, who said money doesn't play a part u idiot, i said money should not be overstated and used as an excuse. Why are you even mentioning Ferdinand you plonka, that transfer was ages ago, should we then start mentioning Buffon? Also, don't blame the epl for being a commercial interest, just because serie a is boring and nobody wants to invest in it, you can't cry about that. Also German teams r doing better then Italians, how much do they spend?
on the 13th April, 2013 at 7:44pm
maybe when serie players learn to play under pressure, can run for longer then 5 minutes, learn to b a bit more creative, learn to spend money wisely, learn to work harder, learn to keep the tempo up, learn to defend, learn to stop manhandling opposition players in the penalty box, learn to acquire decent fans they can kiss goodbye to any european trophies. oh by the way i saw a blog recently about italian teams always winning the cl when the year ends in 3,lol, looks like that omen is put 2 bed
on the 13th April, 2013 at 3:01pm
BOSS - UTD last season had the easiest group! and didnt get out of it! this season was JUST as easy but won the group wen if u ACTUALLY watched the games paints a diff pic as they struggled against Gala and braga! last season Bilbao handed them a footballin lesson! so gets ur facts straight yes the red for Nani was unlucky but UTD have had just as many decisions for them! Mou praised them and frankly that was embaressin neva! has he done that its cos he wants a JOB! in the EPL!
on the 13th April, 2013 at 1:41pm
BOSS - We ALL know Italian footy is need of re structure! Stadiums, youth and red tape backward policies in Italy need reform! TV rights need to be better too. Yes Italy do spend no ones sayin that but Milan have hardly broken the bank to get the players u mentioned. Wid Juve Marrota has wasted just as much as he has spent and doesnt have what it takes to bring in true quality! and ur pathetic comment about Madrid LOL! they were the better team! over 2 legs! simple as that
on the 13th April, 2013 at 1:36pm
BOSS - what planet are u on?! ofcorse money plays a part! u SURE! u dont support Man u?! or an EPL pundit?! man u dont spend money?! u sound like a UTD supporter who claims they dont splash their cash! in recent years and years gone by! Berba 30mill, Ferd 30 mill, rooney 25mill RVP 24 mill, nani 18mill young 16mill anderson 18mill PHIL JONES! 18 mill! need i go on?! shut up u fool and stop embaressin urself and put the dummy back in!
on the 13th April, 2013 at 1:33pm
italian teams are poor on the pitch because they do not know how to run a club in today's football world. the football is out of date on the pitch and off. milan just inherited a large sum of money from sales of ibra and silva, juve have loads of money to splash round on diego and melo, inter sold loads of good players, now tell me who they purchased? or is it all to "balance the books". there r plenty of teams in europe who know how to run a cub better then serie a does, thats from a juve fan
on the 13th April, 2013 at 12:18pm
I certainly haven't forgotten Pepe! I feel that Marotta had two transfer windows to bring a cover for Pepe and nothing happened. I'm left wondering what would have happened if we had someone like Pepe to help us switch formations in the middle of the game.
I have also said that our strikers are not as bad as some would have us believe if we only had more creativity coming from the middle of the park the stats would look much better for our strikers.
on the 13th April, 2013 at 12:17pm
so a team like milan can acquire these sorts of players, play absolutely crap in the cl, getting tortured by teams like tottenham, and you then want to cry about finances? had Man U not been cheated out of the CL this year they would be playing dortmund in all likelihood. they dominated real. yet they spend no money. so you need to stop crying about italian teams not having money because from where im standing they do have mone but know nothing about how to use it.
on the 13th April, 2013 at 12:14pm
daniel, you need a filter to remove the garbage you post. dont overstate the importance of money. firstly, money is not as important as you make it out to be i say that based on teams that have won the CL over the past few years. secondly, im sure there was a recent january transfer window where serie a had spent the most. also, contrast milan with Man U. milan have spent millions on ibra, ronaldhino and balo amongst others. how much have Man U spent in recent times? can they afford star players
on the 13th April, 2013 at 12:11pm
roberto, you clown, bayern were comfortable enough to see out the game? did you actually watch that game, they were bricking it. and lets be honest, if you want to bang on about money, juve spend way more then arsenal do. mustuffa, i support juve u idiot but im not as deluded as you, i say it how it is, serie a sucks.

Trying to justify how pathetic italian teams perform in europe by poinitng to money is embarrassing.
on the 13th April, 2013 at 12:05pm
Should conte came earlier, it will be better squad juve had. Actually if we still have diego, along with gio and supported by MVP, juve would have no problem in term of creativity. We might still have a look deadly striker, but at least better squad we have...
on the 13th April, 2013 at 10:01am
there is one player who is being sorely missed and i dare say almost forgotten by a lot you presenting opinions.

Juventus Last year were so dominant because they would switch tactics mid match from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 but this year it's not happened because the key to this is Pepe #7 anyone remember him??

We have Llorente, now we need a defender and an AMR/ MR type to fill the void left by Pepe's absence.

on the 12th April, 2013 at 11:23pm

Mate i think you have my comments confused with Juve4Ever's comments!
on the 12th April, 2013 at 9:41pm
I saw both of the legs and through both of them Bayern proved to be the more superior team. They attacked better, defended better, and controlled the ball well. I think its time for the Juventus board to see the problem, Vucinic does not deserve to start anymore games. The attack was the issue the whole time and we didnt push enough to get real attackers. When we did we got average or below average. I feared that this would happen sooner or later. It did and its a good wake up call.
on the 12th April, 2013 at 9:36pm
I'm not disapointed at all, Bayern were superior (in all aspects) & deserved to go through.

Will Juventus come back stronger next season ? Sure they will after all you have to crawl before you can walk & right now Juventus are only crawling. This coupled with the fact they made it to the QF without a top signing goes a long way...

#Forza #Juve

on the 12th April, 2013 at 4:08pm
Manni, I'm not saying that money is the sole divider, but it does give clubs a huge advantage. Personally, I would like to see Italian clubs follow Dortmund's model. A few years ago they were on the brink, but with smart management, a focus on youngsters, & patience they are doing great things. I wouldn't say that Chelsea are a poor side. They are accomodating many new players this season, & with a strong manager they could prove to be very dangerous next season.
on the 12th April, 2013 at 3:49pm
I'm not disapointed at all, Bayern were the superior team (in all aspects) and deserved to go through.

For what its worth, this Juve team has done very well given their resources, remember there were doubts whether they would make it through the group stages & ended up topping the group.

Will Juve come back stronger next season ? Sure they will, you have to walk before you can crawl & right now they still crawling, yet they made it to the QF stages.

#Forza #Juve

on the 12th April, 2013 at 3:44pm
As much as I dislike Juve, they are a good team when playing against other Italian teams, but their system is too predictable to 'foreign' teams. They have some great players but became unstuck against a team that didn't let them play. They play at the same tempo all the time and couldn't up their game. They don't scare anyone in Europe anymore. Last year in the CL Napoli became a team to fear because of their explosive counter attacks. Other Italian teams need to do the same.
on the 12th April, 2013 at 3:33pm
Firstly, I am a Roma fan, however, like many others on this site, I will always root for italian teams when it comes to the CL as it's good for italian calcio.

It was frustrating to watch, but what many of us forget (myself included) is Juventus is still building. After coming up from Serie B they are still a work in progress. I think given the scenario, they have done pretty well all in all over the last few seasons. Juventus will be back in the elite of europe at some point.
on the 12th April, 2013 at 1:53pm
At the end of the day the winners of CL are the clubs with big money to spend and a big squad, hence why Napoli went of out last year and millian and juve. There's nothing to be a shamed of Italy is changing and growing again. The EPL, La Liga and Bundesliga all have big money behind them
on the 12th April, 2013 at 1:45pm

Lets just stick to what happend and not what could have been. Why are you adding two goals to barca and takin away 2 from Milan?? (6-0??) Milan did great in first leg, the whole world knows that so please don't neglect that great accomplishment. Just as I won't take away Juves accomplishment, reaching qf in CL for the first time years, which was great. I still stick to my statement that over years ACM seems more comfortable in CL.
Milan have consistency in CL juve doesn't.
on the 12th April, 2013 at 1:04pm

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