The grand old lady of Turin #Juventus put on a spirited display at home and deserved their 2-1 win in the 1st leg of their #ChampionsLeague semi-final against #RealMadrid thanks to goals by old-madrid boy #Morata (how often does that keep happening – there should be a word to define the concept) and the underrated #Tevez. As wonderful as this season has been for them, they will however rue the away goal scored by #Ronaldo (who else?) because it’s going to be very difficult for Juve to keep Real at bay next week in Madrid and even a simple 1-0 will be enough to give LosBlancos an away goal progression to a consecutive final. More worrying though was how many chances the Bianconeri did allow the visitors to create, include a goal mouth headed miss by #James that should not have hit the bar from where he headed it from. You can multiply the chances by 5x back in Madrid and #Allegri will have to channel an ‘ol fashioned Italian defensive masterclass to steer Juventus to their first Champions League final in a long time – their last was 2002-2003!
For Italian Football though, this is a great result. After being in the wilderness for such a long time (#Inter’s triumph over #Bayern in that 2010 finale) it’s exciting for them to have a team in the elite again. The sobering reality though is that Juventus are a million miles ahead of any of the other Italian Clubs and it will take some time before the powerhouses like Inter and #ACMilan and #Roma can beat a Real or Barcelona in the CL.