First, a piece of trivia for all of you guys...
Who was the last team to beat Juventus in the Champions League? You'll have to go back a few years. I know a lot of you have tried your best to put those couple of pre-Antonio Conte seasons
That's right. It's Bayern Munich. A 4-1 butt whooping at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. The legendary days of Poulsen and Cannavaro 2.0. Amauri and Fabio Grosso. It's hard to believe Juventus didn't win with those guys playing, huh?
Different year. Different team. Different coach on the sidelines. Different circumstances. Different mentality.
After six teams were drawn against one another, only two remained: Juventus and Bayern Munich. Buckle your seat belts, ladies and gents. This is going to be one hell of a quarterfinal.
Juventus' defense vs. Bayern's offense. Andrea Pirlo vs. Bayern's defense. Gianluigi Buffon vs. Neuer. Arturo Vidal vs. the team he didn't sign with two years ago. The individual match-ups are plentiful. Anywhere you look the Bayern-Juve tie is a big-time one. But that's what it's supposed to be at this point, isn't it? It's the quarterfinals of the Champions League after all.
The one thing that might worry you? When the Champions League games actually happen.
Away to Inter before first leg and home to Pescara after. Then the second leg and after that away to Lazio.— Luca Cetta (@l_cetta) March 15, 2013
That's rough. But on the bright side, with a nine-point lead in the league entering this weekend, there's room for error. Obviously you want to win every game — 'tis the Juve, of course — but dropping points won't be as much of a problem as it might be if Napoli were on Juve's tails in the table. In reality, though, they aren't, so perhaps all is forgiven and we'll worry about all of this when we try to cross that so-called bridge.
Still, you can't help but like that Juventus are part of the premier pairing in the quarterfinals. Let others say what they want about the other games — Sky Sports News just dubbed Barcelona-PSG as the tie of the round as I'm typing all of this up — but this truly is the best going against the best. And I'm pretty sure that we don't need to ask Vidal what he thinks of this draw. But hey, you know somebody will. To be honest, I'd love to hear what he has to say about it.
Tuesday, April 2 - Juventus at Bayern Munich
Wednesday, April 10 - Bayern Munich at Juventus