The Bianconeri’s valiant attempts to stage a Champions League comeback are foiled by an efficient Bayern display in the cauldron of Juventus Stadium
Despite producing a markedly improved performance in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Juventus Stadium, Antonio Conte’s men were unable to recover from the two-goal deficit sustained during last Tuesday’s first leg with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
A high-tempo start to proceedings, in which Bayern were given a taste of their own medicine from the opening encounter, raised hopes that the great escape could be on.
But having stood firm in the face of Juventus’ frantic pressing tactics, the visitors duly succeeded in killing the pace of the game and keeping the ball out of harm’s way in the middle of the park, a strategy which served them well when considering their overall possession figure of 56%.
Jupp Heynckes’ also showed greater precision in their play, completing 76% of attempted passes compared with the 67% registered by Conte’s side.
The visitors also proved more menacing in attack, chalking up a total of 17 attempts on goal against the Bianconeri’s 10.
Additional proof of Bayern’s accuracy in controlling the play is also visible when consulting the individual stats, with Dante, Daniel Van Buyten, Frank Ribery, Javi Martinez, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba and Luiz Gustavo all completing over 80% of their attempted passes.
The most impressive statistic of all, however, lies away from the field of play. Requiring a red-hot atmosphere to keep their Champions League hopes alive, the Bianconeri faithful’s resounding response to Conte’s pre-match rallying cry resulted in the highest ever attendance at Juventus Stadium (40,823) and record gate receipts (2,550,927).