There was the Seven Years' War. There was also Juventus' Seven Years' Champions League Drought.
As of Wednesday night in Turin, the second is a lot like the first — history.
That's right. For the first time since the 2005-2006 edition of Europe's premier club competition, Juve are back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Goals from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella only extended what was a commanding 3-0 lead on aggregate to begin with, but who doesn't like to notch up another win in Europe?
No, Juventus weren't perfect, but they did what they set out to do: Get the job done. They did that, and now the squad is headed for the quarterfinals again after nearly a decade of things that I shall choose not to mention in what is supposed to be a happy/celebration thread.
But that was then, the quarterfinals are now.
Say what you want about Juve's draw of Celtic in the round 16. Sure, there were bigger match-ups out there that were tougher to get through. But who would have though Juve would be so clinical away from home in the first leg — three goals on just four shots on target — to put themselves in such a one-sided situation as they returned to Turin?
Yep. Say what you want about how they started their Champions League campaign, but you can't really find anything to complain about how it's going right now. To the quarterfinals we go with Antonio Conte leading the way. Excellent.
Juventus haven't allowed a goal in the Champions League in nearly 500 minutes. #DefenseDefenseDefense— Juventus Nation (@JuventusNation) March 6, 2013
That's pretty. Really, really pretty.
Now all we do is sit back, watch next week's games, and wait for the quarterfinal draw to get here in eight days.