UEFA Champions League VIDEO Flashback: Juventus 1-4 Bayern Munich
2009-12-09 - Added by
ExtraFootie's Rolly Pelovangu looks back on a spectacular night in Group A where German giants Bayern Munich smashed Juventus 4-1 in their own backyard to advance to the last 16.
The Old Lady is dead, long live the Old Lady! There was something eerily worrying about Juve's 4-1 capitulation against Bayern at the Stadio Olimpico di Turin on Tuesday evening.
In an ever more competitive European era how is it that the most successful team in Italy could be so comprehensively outclassed by the most decorated team in Germany?
The inquests have already commenced as the UEFA Champions League seizes its second major victim at the very first hurdle.
The profound boos and jeers of the Bianconeri faithful at the final whistle could be heard in North America so disgusted were they at seeing their team lose their third match in four games, and suffer their heaviest defeat in Europe ever!
It was quite simply p*** poor, or, better still, a Juve performance to make you cry. Having said that, to take anything away from Bayern Munich would be akin to denying Albert Einstein the Theory of Relativity.
From the get go the Bavarians waded into their hosts with boisterous forward Ivica Olic striking the woodwork with a header as Louis an Gaal's men went for Juve's jugular.
The saying 'goals change games' did not apply here, as despite falling behind when mercurial striker David Trezeguet turned home Claudio Marchisio's pass in the 19th minute, Bayern fought back valiantly.
The goal incidentally was the Frenchman’s 168th strike for Juve making him their fourth highest ever goalscorer, yet Juve's fragilities at the back were cruelly exposed when full-back Martin Caceres brought down Olic and Butt tucked home the penalty.
Bereft of ideas, slow in attack and lacking the physical power to cope with Bayern hardman Mark Van Bommel, the hosts were overwhelmed in the second half as Bayern took the game by the scruff of the neck.
After play-maker Diego was inexplicably substituted for the non-goalscoring striker Amauri it really was game, set and match. By the end a 4-1 scoreline did not flatter Van Gaal’s men who slowly but surely are adapting to life under their new coach – despite calls for his sacking just a few weeks back.
Make no mistake about it, Juventus are in a mini-crisis. It is a far cry from under-fire coach Ciro Ferrara’s early season musings that the Bianconeri will "play attacking football like Barcelona this season." Yes they will, but only in his dreams!
Four goals in Europe this season is a poor tally for a team who harboured serious ambitions of lifting only their third European crown and an apologetic Fabio Cannavaro knows it. "Unfortunately tonight's match was one to forget,"he told the official Juventus website. "Especially since we had a 1-0 advantage, and were not able to win the match.
"I am sorry for the supporters who really wanted this competition, but after tonight, we end up playing in the Europa League." Quite right too!
As ever, ExtraFootie provides highlights of the match, and on this evidence few will want to draw Bayern come the last 16.