5 talking points from Bayern’s thrilling Champions League win over Juventus
Substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman netted extra-time goals as Bayern Munich roared back in style to beat Juventus 4-2 in their Champions League last 16 second leg and eventually win 6-4 on aggregate.
Here are the 5 talking points from an exciting clash at Alianz Arena.
Coman has no sympathy for parent club
All eyes will be on one man, that is Paul Pogba, in the French national squad this summer, but don’t forget his compatriot Coman. He is ready to emerge as one of the potential stars of Euro 2016.
The 19-year-old, who is currently on a two-year loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus, has no such clause claiming he could not play against his parent club and the young lad was just spectacular on Wednesday night as he used his pace and agility on the right wing to devastating effect.
He was rewarded for a stunning performance with the last goal, a brilliant left-footed finish after cutting in from the right. With an option to buy him at the end of his two loan deal, the Frenchman’s future looks quite clear.
Juventus are once again in the elite class
Before Massimiliano Allegri took charge at Juventus in 2014, the Old Lady had not even made it to the Champions League semi-final for 11 long years. Their runners-up performance last season was a surprise package for many, but the preconception that Juventus were ‘small underdogs’ before the Berlin final against Barcelona actually irked many fans.
However, Juventus were, and are once again, an elite team with some elite players. They have been able to stave off any interest for their prized asset in Paul Pogba and will have to fight more or less same in the summer for Paulo Dybala. The competition of Serie A has most certainly helped their progress in recent times.
As Massimiliano Allegri approaches 100 games milestone for Juventus, the lost column reads only 14, and goals against a mere 67.
If you consider the first half against Bayern Munich, they showed they can charge the perfect European away performance, and despite Bayern came out as the winner, Juventus are worthy of credit.
This win may bring good luck for Guardiola
Before the announcement that Guardiola will take charge of Manchester City this summer, his Bayern boys had won 25 of their previous 29 matches. But Since then, they only managed to win five of nine games ahead of the the second leg against Juventus and cracks were eventually seen for the first time in his reign.
Falling 2-0 behind to the Italians forced Guardiola’s image at risk of finishing with a sudden whimper but the late comeback he engineered last night was truly remarkable.
Just as it seemed like he had been contained tactically by Allegri, the Spaniard made key
substitutions and watched the replacements Thiago Alcantara and Coman score decisive goals.
Guardiola is no doubt under immense pressure to bring a Champions League silverware before he leaves Germany, and beating Juventus might become the spark he needs desperately.
Cuadrado proving his worth
Cuadrado put in a major impact in the first half as he netted one goal, unfortunately had another wrongly disallowed and hit the post when he must have scored.
While he made only four starts for Chelsea since joining them from Fiorentina 13 months ago, he has become a regular starter for Juventus after coming in on loan back in August.
Most of the Stamford Bridge supporters are still to be convinced the 27-year-old Colombian may become more involved at Stamford Bridge when he returns to London at the end of this campaign.
But if Antonio Conte is appointed as Chelsea’s next manager as expected after the upcoming Euro, there is every possibility he will hand Cuadrado a lifeline.
Bayern’s luck factor
The German champions displayed an astonishing comeback last night. Bayern, but there was undoubtedly an element of luck to Pep Guardiola’s team’s dramatic resurgence.
A poor clearance from Manuel Neuer at 1-0 gave Alvaro Morata a chance to calmly slot the ball right into the back of the net, but the goal was surprisingly disallowed. Television replays also suggested the Spaniard was wrongly adjudged to be offside, and so Juventus were denied an opportunity to double their lead, before a stunning goal from Juan Cuadrado ultimately took them further ahead.
The visitors, who were without the service of injured key players Giorgio Chiellini, Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio; ultimately ran out of steam, as Bayern snatched a 4-2 extra-time win, but Juve surely have the right to feel aggrieved that the key first-half decision didn’t go in their favour.
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