On Wednesday, Juventus played the final chapter of what has to be the club’s most disappointing Champions League campaign in its glorious history.
The Bianconeri succumbed to their fifth defeat in six group stage outings, as Paris Saint-Germain emerged victorious at the Allianz Stadium, duplicating the same result from their earlier meeting in the French capital.
Nonetheless, Max Allegri’s men were consoled by two factors: An encouraging display and a third place spot that directs them towards the Europa League knockout stages.
Here are our takeaways from the Old Lady’s last Champions League fixture of the season.
While the final result definitely could have been better, the match against Lionel Messi and company served as an invaluable lesson for Juve’s young contingent.
For instance, Federico Gatti was yet to play in a top division prior to the end of last season, but on Wednesday he went face-to-face against some of the biggest stars in the world – including the GOAT himself.
The Italian defender will surely find himself on the wrong end of some online mockery as he desperately tried to cling on to Kylian Mbappe’s jersey prior to the opener.
However, his general performance was decent enough and he will only gain from this experience, and the same goes for Fabio Miretti, Nicolò Fagioli and the rest.
This season, we may have been slightly harsh on Juan Cuadrado. Now surely his performances have plunged compared to the previous campaigns, but let’s not forget how the ongoing injury crisis has been forcing Allegri to rely on his services non-stop.
At the age of 34, La Vespa is no longer a spring chicken, and he deserves respect for delivering extra shifts in a physically demanding role.
Against PSG, the Colombian came out on top in his personal duel against Juan Bernat. But when Christophe Galtier introduced the terrifying Nuno Mendes in the middle of the second half, Cuadrado was always meant to lose a sprint against a fresh youngster 14 years his junior.
Thus, it would be unfair to blame the veteran wingback for PSG’s winner.
Heart of a Champion
When a footballer suffers a devastating ACL injury, the first question that poses itself is whether he’ll be able to return the same ever again. Some believe that the toughest aspect in the recovery is the mental one rather the physical.
So when Federico Chiesa made his long-anticipated return to a joyous roar from the crowds, all eyes were fixed on the Euro 2020 hero.
Fortunately, the Italian entered the pitch with a broad smile on the face and appeared exhilarated by the moment, even if he came up short in guiding his team towards an equalizer.
Now perhaps he displayed some expected rustiness, but Chiesa surely threw jitters out the window.
The winger willl impatiently try to regain his optimal physical and technical condition and pick from where he had left off during that unfortunate evening at the Stadio Olimpico.
so cuadrado is blameless and chiesa and the yearly rumours of sms are the magic pill to forget everything? gotcha. #BanterEra takes several directions; brand fans, media fluff, smoke and mirror player rumours, or risk of further injury (pogba? and maybe chiesa?) potentially coming back too early to save a disastrous coach, corporate messaging through players, throwing players under the bus to save ancient, unworkable formations, employees with youtube channels / paid influencers blindly supporting management decisions through `loyalty` and suspiciously positive chats on websites after horrendous defeats. we had the players to get top 4 at the start of the season, they weren`t picked, the fitness trainers damaged them and are still there, and fearful tactics (given the green light from a president who`ll be detained or get us kicked out of europe pretending we aren`t successful because of his traditions like keeping allegri) stopped any positivity on the spot . ah not to worry right brand fans? nothing to complain about, right? i`m just on here to moan for NO REASON? wrong. it gets worse if you pretend. if more teams in serie a collapse we have a chance of moving up the table, if the right players play and are allowed the breathing space to show their quality we have a chance. we could have been winning and not humiliated throughout europe. seems that Dybala actually had the right idea to run out his contract, i apologise for being harsh to his supporters, I was wrong and swallowed the party line. i`ve learned. maybe the club actually didn`t try, just to get the pogba/allegri reunion as i suspected, but either way he knew more than we did. #BanterEra #DontLetBulliesWin
Don’t forget the pills you twat!
Why are you like this, why are you not taking your medication?
Go back to the hole you crawled out of you sorry excuse of a football supporter.
I thought Dabyla was Juve problem why they get RID of him but they r getting what they PLANT, that club management is so SAD, more to come