The Italian Wall

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The Old Lady is just one game away to reclaim its glory in Cardiff where it will lock horns with Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final

When the likes of Messi, Suarez and Neymar or ‘MSN’ what the trio is called couldn’t break the Juventus wall in the two legs of UEFA Champions League quarterfinal games, something extraordinary but not unusual has to be witnessed in this year’s European championship. However, the Italians have been known for their defence in soccer for so long and Juventus has shown its trademark defensive game so far in the Champions League.

The stage is all set for the Italian giants to add one more glory to their name as they have already become the first club in Italian football history to lift six consecutive scudetti. Nobody has won more Serie A titles or more Coppa Italia.

Rising from the shallows

The incredible rise of Juventus is a mix of emotions as 10 years ago, Juventus were dragging themselves out of the second tier of Italian football following a tumultuous sequence of events that saw them demoted from Serie A. And now it’s a story that will be remembered for long. The same was reflected in the Italian newspapers after Juventus defeated Monaco in the league match. “Magic Dani Alves, fantastic Juventus,” read the headline on Italian newspaper Tuttosport. Gazzettadello Sport, meanwhile, went with: “Great Juve!” After all which team has reached two Champions League finals in three years, is on the cusp of winning a sixth successive Serie A title and is 23 games unbeaten in Europe?

Juventus’ ‘BBC’ of Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini has been the backbone of the team’s steely defence and they look more rock solid with the services of legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has been consistent with his clean sheet record. Despite an illustrious career, the 39 year old has never won Europe’s elite club competition and is determined to complete his trophy cabinet.

By: Naveed Anjum

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