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    06.12.2017 11:30 - in: Champions League S

    Olympiacos-Juve Talking Points

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    Five key points from the Bianconeri's Champions League success in Athens

    Two goals scored by Juve, one in each half, was enough to see the Bianconeri book their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League.

    However, there's more to the result than meets the eye, and here are five key talking points from yesterday's victory.

    BIANCONERI GO THROUGH!

    Juventus are in the last 16 of the Champions League for the fourth year in succession, having recorded their 85th all-time win. 

    Their possible opponents in the next round are Besiktas, Liverpool/Sevilla/Spartak Moscow, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Tottenham Hotspur.

    There is a four in six chance of the Bianconeri drawing an English side. Juve are unbeaten in their last five Champions League games against teams from England, having beaten Manchester City home and away in 2015, defeated Chelsea at home and drawing away in 2012, and also drawing at home to Chelsea in 2009.

    Juve played both Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham in pre-season, and the Bianconeri faced Sevilla in the two previous seasons' group stages. Meanwhile, La Vecchia Signora have never faced either Besiktas or Spartak Moscow in the club's history.

    KEY GOAL FROM CUADRADO

    The opening goal scored by Juan Cuadrado in the 15th minute was not only the fastest that Juve have scored in the Champions League this season, but arguably the most important so far.

    It was the Colombian winger's fourth goal of the season in all competitions. Cuadrado has managed to find the net on at least one occasion in three consecutive Champions League tournaments. 

    BERNARDESCHI'S BIG MOMENT

    Federico Bernardeschi scored his first ever Champions League goal to seal the win for Juve in the 90th minute, on the Italian international's fourth outing in Europe's elite club tournament. This was Bernardeschi's third goal of the season in all competitions so far.

    BARZAGLI 250

    Andrea Barzagli made his 250th appearance in all competitions for Juventus against Olympiacos. The defender also captained the side last night for the first time in the Champions League.

    FOUR CLEAN SHEETS IN A ROW

    The Bianconeri had a resolute display in defence once more, keeping a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive game.

    Wojciech Szczęsny was called into action on a few occasions, denying the hosts with some top saves. The Poland international had a decisive match along with the Bianconeri defenders.

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