Fabio Grosso watching Bayern's Arjen Robbin elude the Juve defenceIt was their biggest game of the season. But they put on their worst performance so far.

Juventus – Bayern Munich, 1-4

The Turin-side had everything in their hands ahead of the game. The Bianconeri only needed a single point in order to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League. Ciro Ferrara even likened the game to a final, but in the end, the entire club failed to deliver – when it mattered the most.

The Old Lady of Turin came into the decisive game straight of their inspiring 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Inter Milan. The determination, courage and sheer will that the team displayed during the win was rare, almost tangible. Something that as of lately has become somewhat of a treat rather than the standard it should be.

The Bianconeri faithful were hoping for a repeat in the final group stage match against Bayern. They were in for quite a disappointment.

Both Giorgio Chiellini and Mohamed Sissoko were ruled out the clash the day before the big game. That enough was worrisome considering the pair had been two of the more consistent players in an otherwise very inconsistent Juventus this season.

The derby victory over Inter may have given Ciro Ferrara’s men a confidence boost, but considering the intensity of the game, a drop in performance was really to be expected. But then again, they’re survival in the Champions League depended on the outcome.

They should have gone down fighting.

Bayern took command of the game right from the get-go and despite their massive pressure, it was Juventus who broke the deadlock 19 minutes into the game through David Trezeguet.

It didn’t dent the Germans’ confidence one bit. They had come with the sole intention to win. It was do or die and they were going to fight to the very last second.

Bayern were in full control despite having gone one down. However, on 30 minutes Louis Van Gaal’s men were given a free ticket into the game as Martín Caceres’ clumsy tackle on Ivica Olic made referee Busacca point determinedly to the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Hans Jorg-Butt stepped up and sent Gianluigi Buffon the other way as the scoreboard lit up with the numbers, 1-1.

The visitors played with intensity, showed a great lack of fear and with their eyes on the prize they made it 2-1 after 52 minutes of play as Olic finally asserted his name on the scoresheet. The travelling fans couldn’t believe their eyes; they’re side had overturned the score and were now in the lead.

3-1 came on 83 minutes as Alejandro Dominguez had the easiest of tap-ins following a rebound as Buffon palmed away Daniel Van Buyten’s header. Bayern weren’t just dominating – they were almost playing with their opponents, and clearly enjoying it.

Just when the Juventini faithful thought things couldn’t get any worse, substitute Anatoliy Tymoschuk completed the home side’s humiliation as he made it 4-1 two minutes into the stoppages.

Juventus out. Bayern Munich to the last 16.

It’s useless trying to pin the blame on a single player considering what a group effort it really was. There was only one side that showcased how badly they wanted to win – and went on to do so rightfully.

Every club undergo crisis and drops in form, but when they start lacking the determination there’s something really wrong. Buffon always talks about what a responsibility and honor it is to play for Juventus. It would do the players well if they started remembering what it means to play for one of the most storied clubs in the world. How the Juventus tactician tackles this issue will be very interesting to see.

But for now, off to the Europa League mighty Juventus.

What a disgrace.

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One Response so far.

  1. Serie_AHH says:

    Ferrara was always the wrong hire for Juve. The right man (Luciano Spalletti) is still available but Juve have to act quickly. Juve needs a system that get the most out of a talented midfield. With Diego, Giovinco, Marchisio and Felipe Melo Juve have some of the most exciting and dangerous midfielders in the country. Spalletti always got the most our of the mid at Roma.

    Spalletti also knows how to fix the other problem Juve have, the back line. Juve have all the power going forward and a great keeper in Buffon but aside from Chiellini the back line has issues. Spalletti built a good back line at Roma too.

    There is a fix out there for Juve, but not for long.

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