On a personal level, Paulo Dybala’s maiden Champions League goal was the just reward following a brilliant first six months in the black and white of Juventus, but just how it came about and the impact it would have on the outcome of Tuesday’s last 16 first leg draw with Bayern Munich added extra significance to the 63rd-minute strike.
Having let the dust settle overnight after the engrossing encounter at Juventus Stadium, the 22-year-old stressed his satisfaction in contributing to a creditable result, one which he admitted he and his team-mates achieved well and truly in tandem with the backing of a vociferous home support.
“It was a great feeling to score for the first time in the Champions League. I’d been looking to get this goal for a while. Obviously there wasn’t much time to celebrate as we had to equalise!
“Ultimately, I’m happy because it was important for the team and the fans. We rolled up our sleeves and fought back as one.”
Looking ahead to the second leg in Bavaria, Dybala had few doubts that the key to sealing a quarter-final spot in the competition lay in replicating all of the good things they did towards the end of yesterday’s contest.
“We can get the result we want in Munich if we play with the desire and determination that we demonstrated during the final half-hour yesterday and also with the right level of humility.
“We can’t afford to sit back too much. As we’ve seen in the Bundesliga, when Bayern play against sides who are penned in their own half, they’re capable of scoring two or three goals.”