The Old Lady is dead. Last night, Juventus played big in the Champions League. Third in Group H with 3 points before kick-off, the Bianconeri absolutely had to beat Benfica (co-leader with 8 points) to stay alive. But the Italians fell from above. Despite a crazy end to the match, they lost 4-3 and said goodbye to the C1. A terrible humiliation for the Vecchia Signora, who has chained disappointments in recent seasons. Indeed, Juve were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Ajax in 2018-19, OL in 2019-20, Porto in 2020-21, and Villarreal in 2021-22.
This year, the Turinese will not reach this stage of the competition. After the meeting, Massimiliano Allegri, pointed out and designated as the person responsible for the bad pass of Juve (8th in Serie A), commented: “It’s an elimination that was born earlier, but tonight we had to stay in the game. Even though we had a bad first half, we thought we could do badly. Instead, the project fell through”. Touched, the Italian technician then spoke about the rest of the season for his team.
Allegri assumes failure
“We have to take this elimination which hurts a lot. Now we have to think about the championship and catch up. It is necessary to recover mental and physical energies. Let’s turn this elimination into rage. Elimination does not happen tonight, but before. We have to start again tomorrow to think about the championship, then we will think about the last group match against PSG. A difficult match arrives in Lecce. Can the Europa League become a goal? We have to qualify already.” Which is not yet assured since Juve will receive Paris, who will want to finish in style on November 2.
For its part, Maccabi Haifa, which has 3 points like the Bianconeri, will receive Benfica. Everything will therefore be decided on the last day for the Old Lady who could still lose very big. However, even a qualification in C3 will not console the Turin team which is very expensive. This Wednesday morning, Italy wakes up with a hangover. The transalpine press does not spare the club donated by Andrea Agnelli, who must also manage a new scandal in parallel. “Juve mortified“, title the Gazzetta dello Sport. The pink-paper publication then added more scathing comments about the Old Lady.
The Italian press sizes Juve
“A resounding failure. Without a game and without a soul, the Bianconeri were already at their peak in October (…) If this too was not a humiliation like in Israel, it is only because three youngsters born in 2003 saved in a few minutes the dignity of Juve. The 4-3 in Lisbon seems honorable but the course of the match was not for 75 minutes, until the entry of Miretti, Soule and Iling. In short, the course of the Allegri team in the Champions League remains catastrophic. It’s a bankruptcy. In five matches, they have lost four times, losing to phenomenal teams like PSG, strong like Benfica (twice), modest like Maccabi Haifa (which in France took Seven). The Bianconeri have already come out of the cup that is worth the most: mortifying”.
Tutosport also tackled the Piedmontese. The Italian media, which speaks of a “nightmare”, said: “The Champions League ended yesterday for Juventus, taking with it 25 million euros of lost earnings and the dignity of a team that has humiliated the love of millions of tifosi. A team which, between its workforce and its coach, costs 175 million euros and only brings back 3 points in 4 games.. the Corriere dello Sport it is also loose. “Juve, goodbye Champions”headlined the Italian media which then evoked the discontent of the supporters who claim the head of Massimiliano Allegri.
The supporters want the skin of the coach
“Frustration, anger and a scapegoat that seems to have been identified in Massimiliano Allegri. After the defeat on the field of Benfica, which cost Juve the elimination of the Champions League in group H , for the technician begins the “trial” on social networks , where the revolt of the supporters is staged of Juventus.” The latter have also used the hashtag #AllegriOut. But firing him would be expensive for Juve, who don’t have the means and who only keep him for this season according to the gazzetta.
Allegri has also been subtly criticized by Fabio Capello on Italian television. “I’m sad because Juve gave their all to the opponents who dominated the game. Total dominance. Too bad because in the last 20 minutes on a saw the match which could have been different. Juve could even have equalized, there was so much desire to play and that is the biggest regret. Badly beaten, the 4-3 was an aspirin. Juve always play under pace and only win games when they have higher quality players than their opponent. However, if the level was similar or lower, defeat happens. This thing needs to be changed”. Other things must also change for the Old Lady to offer herself a comeback.