Whether a four or three man defence, it’s hard to recall any clear-cut opportunities Borussia created. Being able to change face during a match without losing anything in the way of solidity and impetus will be important for Juventus heading forward in this competition.
In recent weeks Juventus rediscovered the defensive solidity which had previously abandoned them. Without a clean sheet since early February, back-to-back 1-0 wins over Sassuolo and Palermo set the tone that continued on Wednesday.
That said, any plan needs proponents and Allegri had 11 in Dortmund. Leading the way was difference maker Carlos Tevez. For the history buffs, in all three of Juve’s previous trips to the Westfalenstadion the opening goal was scored within six minutes. Tevez maintained the stat with a thunderbolt less than 180 seconds in. Allegri declared before the match the importance of scoring at least once and Tevez responded. He was instrumental throughout, whether blasting a second goal – his sixth in the competition – or putting another on a plate for Alvaro Morata. The strikers played their part, offering an outlet for Juve’s tireless midfielders.
Juventus will still be viewed as a second tier favourite to win the competition, but they have served a warning to the rest of Europe: underestimate us at your peril.
Andrea Pirlo had an injury cloud hanging over his head from that first leg, but his absence didn’t prove an issue for the Turin club. Nor did their endeavour and domination waver when Paul Pogba hobbled off, forcing Allegri into a tactical shift with the introduction of Andrea Barzagli
A special mention must go to Barzagli, in what was just his third appearance of the season. He hardly missed a step on the big occasion. By his side was Leonardo Bonucci, ever growing in stature as a defensive leader.
Arturo Vidal walked the suspension tightrope and may have overstepped the bounds at times, but never shied from terrorising Borussia’s attackers. It was vintage Vidal, ever tenacious and decisive. Pirlo’s replacement at the heart of midfield also ensured the bearded maestro wasn’t missed. Claudio Marchisio did the dirty work and kept possession ticking over when the Italians had the ball.
The blueprint to Juve’s success was produced last month. The 2-1 first leg win showcased their ability to sit deep, restrict Borussia Dortmund – Giorgio Chiellini’s slip aside, the Germans barely troubled Gianluigi Buffon – and spring forward on the counter. The second leg was a ramped up version of that plan. It worked to perfection.
Tomorrow’s draw sees Juventus potentially up against a heavyweight in Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, while Porto and Monaco will be viewed by others as the lesser teams remaining. Of course, nobody can be underestimated at this stage, and that includes the BiancoAG赌球neri. “We’ll see how the draw goes and then play our games,” Allegri noted. “It is our duty to believe, just as we believed going into this round, as the team has great physical and tactical百威棋牌 qualities.”
Even in July Juventus knew this would be an important match. “Juventus must be among the top eight teams in Europe, it’s our duty,” Massimiliano Allegri declared in his first Press conference at the club. Eight months later the Bianconeri duly obliged with their best European away performance in more than a decade, winning 3-0. As a result they will take their place in tomorrow’s Champions League Quarter Final draw as a side not to be taken lightly.
As the match wore on the Old Lady exuded confidence, but the Coach sees room for 真钱赌球improvement. “We can and must improve in terms of passing and game management. We above all did well in the second half. There was a moment of confusion when Paul Pogba went off for Andrea Barzagli.” The time after the first half substitution was Dortmund’s most threatening, but it was more a moderate breeze than a cyclone. Given Juve had won just one away match of the last eight in the competition – at Malmo – they were hardly troubled. Jurgen Klopp conceded his side were second best throughout.