Gianluigi Buffon roared to the Juventus fans, who roared straight back at him. Against all odds, the Serie A side have reached the Champions League final, for the first time since 2003, beating Real Madrid. The Turin club will now travel to Berlin to play the Catalans, Barcelona.
Nobody saw this coming, especially when Real went 1-0 up thanks to Ronaldo, who converted a penalty after James Rodriguez – who was in tears at the end of the game – was felled.
After the final whistle, Madrid fans across the Bernabéu looked on stunned, trying to think about what has just happened before their eyes. For the past week, things couldn’t have got any worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
The La Liga title is slipping away from them, and they have now lost their European crowns. This defeat could very well urge Carlo Ancelotti to write his resignation letter, and for Florentino Perez and co. to enter their wallet in the summer once again.
This is now all about Juventus. Massimiliano Allegri’s side struggled to keep up with Madrid’s pace in the first 45 minutes. Going in at the break 1-0 down wasn’t what their fans were hoping for, and people everywhere were writing them off.
Once Madrid got one, there was a sense of inevitability that they’d sweep the Old Lady aside. Wrong. Things picked up for the visitors. They were fantastic in the second half. Their defence couldn’t be broken. Gareth Bale, despite his best efforts, just couldn’t make anything happen, yet again. This is something that’ll be picked up by the Real Madrid fans, who have turned on the Welshman as of late.
Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio were working as their usual solid unit, running up and down the pitch tirelessly. Thirty-seven-year-old Buffon found his form at the right time, and refused to be beaten again.
The Bale scenario is something that is going to get heated, quickly. He just can’t get things going in his second season at Madrid, and their fans aren’t giving him the time. Expectedly so after their team spent so much money on the ex-Tottenham man. His work-rate can’t be faulted, but he is struggling to find that finishing touch to his game, the finishing touch that both Karim Benzema and Ronaldo have had all season, and years before.
Who knows how much longer Bale will last at the Bernabéu before he acknowledges that enough is enough, and moves elsewhere – probably moving back to the Premier League.
If one man was going to score the goal that put Juventus into the final tonight, it was written in the stars that it was going to be young Álvaro Morata, Real Madrid’s former employee.
He was let go by Los Blancos last year, and the Spanish international came back to haunt them again having already netted against them in the first leg. He showed what he is all about, and where working hard gets you.
Congratulations to all at Juventus, Lionel Messi and co. will be waiting for you.