Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Juventus Turin – Preview

02/04/2013 no comments »
Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Juventus Turin – Preview

Another of the UEFA Champions League quarter final ties this week is Italian giants Juventus against Bayern Munich, with the first leg in Germany on the 2nd April and the return leg in Turin just over a week later.

This is an extremely well matched tie, with both teams in good form in their own domestic competitions, the Bianconeri currently sit top of Serie A by a nine point margin, with the Bavarians an enormous twenty points clear of their nearest rivals.

Both squads are packed with talent, as Juventus can call upon Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri, Nicolas Anelka and the inspirational Andrea Pirlo. While Bayern Munich can rely upon Captain Philipp Lahm, Dutch flyer Arjen Robben, Frenchman Franck Ribery, and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic.

Bayern Munich will be desperate to erase the memory of last year’s final defeat to English Club Chelsea on penalties, by going all the way to Wembley this season, as midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger recently stated, they will use last season as “added motivation” to succeed this year.

The Bavarians will be looking to exploit home advantage in the first leg and gain a lead to take with them to Turin for the second leg, But the Italians home record is a truly daunting one, as they went through the whole of last season unbeaten domestically, and have not tasted defeat in a European competition at home in eighteen matches. Bayern enters the game after a stunning 9:2 victory in the Bundesliga against Hamburg SV.

Both these iconic clubs reached this stage by defeating Scottish Champions Celtic and English Premier League outfit Arsenal respectively. The Italians were ruthless in their 5-0 aggregate demolition of Celtic, whilst Bayern Munich were outstanding in London against Arsenal in the first leg, but were relieved to progress in the end after a 2-0 defeat in Munich, meaning away goals ensured the Germans progressed.

Recent history shows that there is nothing between these two European giants, as they have met six times in the Champions League since 2004, with the Germans recording two victories to Juve’s three, and it will surely be another fascinating contest this season.

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