Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta cut a delighted figure after the Old Lady secured their Champions League final berth with a 3-2 aggregate win over holders Real Madrid. "We’ve overcome a tough draw and showed that it’s not necessarily the strongest team that wins in football. To put it simply, we stood firm and made history."
Marotta was full of praise for the side: "We demonstrated great personality and showed we could dig in and suffer. Once we equalised at 1-1, I kept checking my watch to see how long was left. I was worried that a team as strong as Real Madrid might nick a goal at some point."
But there was to be no Madrid goal. The credit must go to a great team and, without doubt, a great manager: "The boss got it spot on. He could have stayed back and defended, but instead decided to keep the team high up the field. They even had a few chances to kill the game off for good."
Marotta was keen to point out that tonight’s result is the culmination of what has been an excellent season for the Bianconeri: "We’re back in the limelight and not just in Italy. That’s to the credit of all involved, thanks to excellent decision making and sound investments."
One such sound investment is surely man of the tie, Alvaro Morata: "Alvaro is a player for a top team like us. What’s more, he’s young and has a big future ahead of him. We want to keep him with us."
And so to Berlin: "Before that, however, we’ve got the Coppa Italia final to play and we consider that to be very important. After that, we’ll go for it against Barcelona. It’s not always the strongest team that wins."