Why ‘the perfect day’ could not have been better for Juventus’ return to the Champions League

The Serie A champions’ Champions League chances are over, but the last two years have been good ones for the club, with Juventus’ run to the quarter-finals of the competition ending with a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Thursday night. 

The Bianconeri, who won the treble in 2013-14, were expected to have their best season since 2007-08 but the club has now suffered three defeats in five games, including two at the hands of AC Milan. 

Juventus have dropped two points from their first five games in the competition, which they will have to beat to retain the honour. 

There were no more than three goals allowed to the hosts in the first half, as Antonio Cassano’s side were denied a second away win in five matches. 

“We are disappointed. 

We have been unlucky to concede three goals against AC Milan, we didn’t have the best of games,” Juventus boss Antonio Conte told the club’s official website. 

“[It’s] a bit embarrassing for us. 

It is always disappointing when you lose a game, but we didn. 

That is why we have a good chance to win this game. 

If you take away from this result, we would be in the semi-finals.” 

The defeat was the third for the Giallorossi this season, with Paulo Dybala’s men coming from behind to beat Milan 2-1 in the Champions Cup quarter-final last week. 

After a comfortable victory over Sassuolo on Saturday, Conte’s men travel to Sassuol on Tuesday, and then face Real Madrid on Wednesday. 

However, it is a return to Europe for Juventus that could see them qualify for the next round of the Champions Leagues. 

They would then face a host of other European teams in the second round, with a quarter-Final against Juventus in Rome to follow. 

For Juventus, it was a great night to go through, and they were looking forward to the game in the Nou Camp, but it is disappointing to lose such a game in a Champions League final. 

In the final, Juventus will look to make history, but they will not get the chance until the end of this campaign. 

This article originally appeared on Football Italian.

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