Can Juventus get past Borussia Dortmund in Germany?

March 17, 2015 | Filed Under: Blog 

Serie A leaders Juventus could put themselves one step closer towards a potential treble as they travel to Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League second leg with the ambition of progressing to the Quarter Finals. The Bianconeri currently hold a considerable eleven point lead over Roma in the league table, and while they also have a 2-1 deficit to turn around against Fiorentina in the upcoming Coppa Italia Semi-Final second leg, going all the way in Europe’s most prestigious domestic competition is the main goal for Massimo Allegri and his team.


A seventeen game unbeaten run typifies the level of quality that Juventus has shown throughout the season, and although they made uncharacteristic slip-ups during the group stages, they may have a realistic chance of going all the way. Juventus take a slender 2-1 lead to the cauldron-like atmosphere of the Signal Iduna Park where Borussia Dortmund are usually at their very best, but although a five-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga has masked over what has been a season of struggle, Jurgen Klopp’s side have shown their true colours in the Champions League. The Black and Yellows should not be under-estimated by any means in a fixture which has the promise of being one of the best in Europe this season.

Juventus on the march

The sign of a great team is their ability to remain at the peak of their powers and continue to win trophies, whilst also having the unerring ability to sweep teams aside at will. Juventus have re-emerged as a major force in Italy following the Calciopoli scandal which threatened to tarnish their reputation and future, but with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba firing on all cylinders, they have a squad that can continue challenging for major honours for years to come. Allegri will know his side will be at their very best in Germany, with Borussia Dortmund showing signs of their quality at the Juventus Stadium in what was a close-fought first leg. They will, however, have to show a considerable improvement away from home in Europe; losing at defending La Liga champions Atletico Madrid could be excused, but the 1-0 defeat at Olympiakos was a bad day at the office for Juventus who simply did not turn up. Juventus cannot show the same carelessness and drop in performance again, particularly with the tie finally poised and Borussia Dortmund having what could be a crucial away goal.

Dortmund recovery

Very few would have expected Borussia Dortmund to be struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga table, but four victories and a draw in their last five league fixtures has brought much-need parity. Klopp has admitted that his side have been well below their best in the league, but, frustratingly for their devoted fans, Dortmund have shown exactly what they are capable of in the Champions League. They topped Group D thanks to a wonderful run of four consecutive victories, which included dominant victories against Arsenal and Galatasaray as Dortmund found the level of performances that has won them many admirers in recent years. Injuries to key players have not helped matters, with the likes of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus all spending time on the sidelines when Klopp needed them most. It was Reus who scored what could prove to be a priceless away goal, and in front of wonderful home support, they will undoubtedly be fired up for another crack at Juventus.



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