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Bayern Munich vs. Juventus: Players To Watch Wednesday In Turin

Juventus Crest (Google Creative Commons)

Juventus Crest (Google Creative Commons)

Bayern Munich will travel to Turin, Italy on Wednesday to take on Juventus in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a two-goal advantage in hand.

The first leg in Munich saw Bayern score one of the fastest goals in Champions League history (26 seconds), and would later add another thanks to a Thomas Muller tap-in in the 63rd minute. Bayern dominated the match from start to finish and did not allow Juventus to play their typical style, which lead to the ultimate result. The German side played inspired, vibrant football; moving the ball quickly, making runs off the ball, and pressuring the Juve players with fervent intent. It was a beautiful display of Champions League football from a true contender; especially considering the team they did it against, which also happens to be a serious contender to make the final.

While Juve did not play their best in the first leg, there are a few positives they can take into Wednesday’s clash. First off, Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has been one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the world over the past decade had a regrettably poor match in the first leg and the argument can be made that he was at fault for both Bayern goals. Secondly, Bayern couldn’t have played better in the first leg in Munich and the atmosphere will be very hostile in Italy on Wednesday, not to mention the other obvious home-pitch advantages that all teams have in big matches (familiarity, crowd, etc.).

Heading into Wednesday’s match with a two-goal deficit, Juve needs to press forward, but there is no doubt in their minds, or in the minds of the fans that the black and white can overcome and advance. With some of the best players in the world, home-pitch advantage, and a sense of urgency, Juve has everything it needs to move onto the semifinals. However, Bayern Munich will do all it can to hold onto their lead, and advance to the Champions League semifinals for the second consecutive season.

Let’s take a look at some of the key players to watch Wednesday in Turin

Philipp Lahm

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  1. lionel says:

    ayo muncen kalahkan juve

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