It was well known for everyone that Juventus would be seen as underdogs against Barcelona in Champions league Final 2015. Probably the moment, they secured their place in the final, they could have felt the strength of Luis Enrique’s side. Anyone who watched the match live, will definitely appreciate Juventus for their efforts for the trophy. They played very well, in fact throughout the whole League. May be it wasn’t enough to defeat the most powerful football team in Europe.
Definitely the Bianconeri have enjoyed unrivaled dominance in Serie A. Even they could also distinguish themselves from the very best side of La Liga. Yet, they were supplied enough confidence, especially after their win over another La Liga giant Real Madrid in the semifinal. Probably they were determined to give a good account of themselves in Berlin.
“We started out with the important aim of getting into Europe’s top eight. Now we’ll look to finish first”
– as per coach Massimiliano Allegri.
He was also trying to have a second thought of not just stopping Barcelona. He tried to build his own way of play to win the Champions League final 2015. Everyone knew, the game will never finish goalless.
Barcelona vs Juventus: Champions League Final 2015
The first shock was determined for Juventus. It was even before the game started. They had to endure the loss of Giorgio Chiellini to injury just a few days earlier. Coach Allegri mentioned of this problem earlier and finally it was proven, when Andres Iniesta ran unchecked into the box and linked up with Jordi Alba.
It was quite a superb pass by the Barcelona skipper. And Ivan Rakitic footed past a helpless Gigi Buffon the first lead. Vidal had the chance to equalize and missed. The Chilean eventually received a yellow card for a foul on Neymar. Buffon continued excellent stops. In fact the Catalan side were unfortunate enough, not to get another advantage into the half-time.
After the break, it was again the Juventus captain, who made another unbelievable stop from Luis Suarez. Then, when the Spanish champions seemed set to be winners, Juventus came storming back into the game. Claudio Marchisio sent Lichtsteiner away down the right, while the full-back finding Carlos Tevez with a neat pass of his own.
Alvaro Morata reacted quickest, tapping in the rebound to net his fifth goal in his last seven Champions League matches. The former Real Madrid star enjoying his strike to the fullest.
Juventus stood toe-to-toe with Barcelona for the next few minutes. It seemed like they also deserve the Europian Title. Some of the moments were really crucial for the Catalans to keep calm. The Italians hardly reflected on that time that their opponents will net twice more to win the Champions League Final 2015.
Juventus truly have a very poor record in European Cup finals. They have just won twice in eight appearances. Supporters may have blamed for such worthless accomplishment after reaching this stage. It will take time for the pain of defeat to ease. But all must acknowledge, this was undoubtedly a remarkable campaign for the Italian side.
They need to focus on feature. Morata perhaps summed up the situation best, speaking to Sky Italia immediately after the game –
“This is a great squad, a great family and we must continue working hard. This team has no limits, it can win the Champions League and the directors are working to build an even stronger side”