Juventus 0 Bayern Munich 2: Three lessons as Heynckes’ men progress
Juventus 0 Bayern Munich 2: What lessons did we learn as the Bundesliga champions book their place in the semi-finals?
Bayern play like champions
Jupp Heynckes’s Bayern Munich progressed in style to the semi-finals thanks to a 2-0 second-leg victory over Juventus in Turin. Having only recently been confirmed as champions of Germany, the Bundesliga side looked to be playing with great belief and poise for the majority of the tie. They dominated the possession stakes and stroked the ball around the pitch with the air of a team who were driven and very focused. Of course, last season’s final defeat by Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea has been the enduring motivation behind many of Bayern’s great European performances this season, and so it proved again on Wednesday night as they overcame Antonio Conte’s charges with two well-taken goals.
The Old Lady’s home form deserts them
Before Wednesday night’s encounter, Juventus had impressively managed to navigate their way through the tournament without having lost a single game at home. Unfortunately for them, Conte’s men simply couldn’t muster up the ability to keep that stat intact as they fell to another 2-0 loss to their German counterparts. Although the aggregate score-line of 4-0 to Bayern might suggest that the Germans had no real contest whatsoever, this would not really be the case. In truth, for the opening half hour, while Bayern were definitely in the driving seat, Juve, had also managed to carve out a few chances of their own. Talismanic midfielder Andrea Pirlo tested Manuel Neuer’s fingertips with a well-directed free-kick before Fabio Quagliarella came close with a half chance. The second half heralded an Italian side that looked slightly more energetic, but in truth, they weren’t good enough to find a way past the Bayern defence.
Heynckes’s side show great hunger
The Bavaria-based club exhibited tremendous determination and heart to defeat the Old Lady on their home turf at the Juventus stadium – and were deserving winners. Inspirational and industrious captain Phillip Lahm, David Alaba and Bastian Scweinsteiger, among others, put in a great shift to pressurise and close-down the Turin side throughout the tie. A 64th minute headed goal from Mario Mandžukić combined with a late goal from Claudio Pizarro sealed their victory and they now go into the semi-final draw, where they could face either Bundesliga rivals, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona or Real Madrid. Now, they will, no doubt, fancy their chances as they did their pre-tournament tag as favourites absolutely no harm with a tremendous quarter final display.