Against all odds, underdogs #Juventus came from a goal down in Madrid to tie them 1-1 thanks to another goal by #RealMadrid old boy #Morata (how they must be regretting selling a young rising star like him) and win 3-2 on aggregate to go through to the final of the #ChampionsLeague for an epic showdown against favorites #Barcelona, who cantered past #Bayern 5-3 on aggregate even though the Bavarians were able to stage a comeback 3-2 win in Munich.
Juve came into the tie the over-whelming underdog and started with the 2-1 win in Turin last week. #Ronaldo’s away goal last week meant that a 1-0 would have been all Real needed to go through and that in the end might well have been their psychological undoing, because getting to 1-0 via a Ronaldo penalty happened as early as the 22nd minute for the Los Blancos and thereafter they seemed to have lost their edge and were bereft of ideas when it came to unlocking the Juventus defense. The rumors around #GarethBale’s future at Real will just take on more strength now after his rather disappointing performance that included about 3 misses in front of goal that he would have scored at Tottenham a few years ago with ease. The powers that be at Real tend to shoot from the hip and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some knee-jerk reactions to this campaign that has now ended for them in disaster.
Bayern fans will claim that their 3-2 win at home against Barca will have helped reclaim some lost pride for the Bavarians and the difference between the two teams likely came down to the absence of a couple of Die Roten’s star players to injury (#Robben and #Ribery) but the reality is, unfortunately, a little less rosy – had Barcelona not taken their foot of the pedal in the 2nd half of the game yesterday, Bayern would have been lucky to get a draw at best. While messrs #Messi #Suarez and #Neymar were purring at full tilt, Bayern looked like they would concede goals at just about any time. The absence of their aging stars highlighted just how unprepared they are for the inevitable transition they will need to make from the #RibRob era that has brought so much success to Munich.
For now though, the gorgeous city of Berlin and a chance at glory await the plucky Italians or the mighty Catalans and as much as Barcelona go into this one as even more overwhelming favorites than Real did in their semi-final against Juve, they’ll know full well that the tie ain’t over until the Old Lady sings!