The first goal will be vital to shape how the teams approach the contest. Both have shown they can counter effectively. In the first leg Juventus were comfortable inviting pressure and restricting space for Dortmund’s attacking players. With yellow and black shirts committed but hardly threatening, Juventus exploited the open spaces. It can be a template for second leg success.
The tactician’s comments came after Juventus downed Sassuolo, grabbing maximum points thanks to Paul Pogba’s late stunner. It was the first Bianconero clean sheet since early February.
Juventus have made three trips to Dortmund and left smiling each time. That includes the first leg of the 1993 UEFA Cup final, where the two Baggio’s – Roberto and Dino – ensured a 3-1 advantage to take back to Turin.
Things bode well for their upcoming showdown, the return Champions League clash with Borussia Dorthg在线棋牌mund. A tie in which明升888 the Turin club is “gambling the entire season,” according to comments made by director Beppe Marot博狗网ta prior to the first leg. That encounter ended 2-1, leaving both sides quietly confident of progression.
The beauty of this tie is it remains as evenly poised as when first announced. It’s a match which could swing in any direction. After recent results and the first leg, Juventus will be quietly confident of advancing. They’ve never left Signal Iduna Park empty handed and channelling the spirits of victories past could see them smile again – especially if it ends 1-0.
But there are few sides more dangerous when breaking and attacking gaps at pace than Borussia Dortmund. Should the Germans score first it would play into their hands and is the exact scenario Juve hope to avoid. Without Martin Caceres the defence lacks pace.
When they met in the semi finals of the same competition two seasons later, the Bianconeri had to score following a 2-2 draw in Italy. They did just that, the Divine Ponytail sealing progression to another final with a sumptuous free kick. Months later the action shifted to the Champions League. Juventus maintained their perfect record as Alessandro Del Piero took centre stage, scoring a famous goal in a 3-1 triumph.
Allegri acknowledges the difficulty of the task ahead. He knows his side must be at their best to advance so that rediscovered stinginess will be pleasing. Jurgen Klopp’s side have progressed past this stage in each of the last two seasons and lost just twice at home in 14 Champions League outings.
“I like 1-0 wins,” Massimiliano Allegri declared, “as they keep you on your toes and tactically I thought the guys did well.”
A feature of each was Juve’s concession of early goals. Dortmund scored three times over 270 minutes, all inside the opening 10. Each time the visitors dusted themselves off to finish the job. That’s the spirit they must evoke on Wednesday. “We know Borussia’s qualities, but it is also a game where we need to score at least one goal, probably two. That means a lot of balance, being in the match and having a bit of luck too,” Allegri opined.
Allegri has one major selection decision, a potentially significant one. Andrea Pirlo hobbled off in the first leg and has not played since. His calf problem is healing and he wants to take the field on Wednesday. Mauro Camoranesi thinks his fellow 2006 World Cup winner is “essential”. First leg evidence suggested Juve enjoyed greater defensive comfort following the introduction of Roberto Pereyra, while seeing more of the ball and creating further opportunities. Nuri Sahin says Borussia had a plan for Pirlo and had it working until his departure. The Argentine provides energy and also fits Juve’s counter-attacking option. Pirlo’s style does not suit the nature of the contest and opponent.
Allegri was even happier after Juve repeated the feat on Saturday, beating Palermo thanks to Alvaro Morata’s fine strike. The Coach praised the maturity of his team to inflict a first Palermo home loss since September. It also ended a barren away spell, being Juve’s first win on the road since conquering Naples in January.