Juventus have never overcome a two goal deficit in the Champions League

With Juventus having to overturn a massive 2 goal deficit against the mighty Germans, we take a look at how the Bianconeri fared when they were put up in similar circumstances..
We are just hours away from the second leg of the quarter final clash where Juventus are set to host the mighty Bayern Munich in what looks to be a tough proposition for the Italian side. Bayern cruised past Juventus in the first leg with a 2-0 victory at home. Antonio Conte's motivation skills would be tested as the former Siena boss will try to get his wards up for a tough clash after they were put to the sword in Germany.

The hosts will have to believe in a miracle when these two formidable sides take to the pitch in Turin, as they will go all out against Jupp Heynckes' men to overcome their first leg deficit. Juventus have found themselves in a similar situation where they were more than two goals down in a tie, and surprisingly have not been able to overturn the deficit. So let's take a look these matches where the Italian powerhouse failed to put a show and were ousted out of Europe's premier club competition.

        BENFICA:1967-68 EUROPEAN CUP SEMI-FINAL                                                                                                                 

It was the 1967-68 European Cup, Juventus after going down 3-2 in the first leg against Eintracht Braunschweig, did well to win the second leg 1-0 and draw the tie at 3-3. The teams further played a decider which the Bianconeri won 1-0 to progress to the semi-finals. A lot was expected of Heriberto Herrera's side as they took on Benfica which boasted of star players in their ranks such as Portuguese legend Eusebio. Benfica however thumped Juventus 2-0 with strikes from Torres and Eusebio. The second leg would have always been tough after going down by 2 goals and the Bianconeri did not achieve the impossible as it was Eusebio again who turned out be their chief tormentor by being on the scoresheet yet again, as the Lisbon team cruised to a 1-0 victory, thus knocking Juventus out of the European Cup with an embarrassing 3-0 aggregate scoreline.

                              DINAMO DRESDEN:1973-73 EUROPEAN CUP FIRST ROUND                                                                                                       

Juventus had unluckily drawn a tough opponent in the 1973-74 edition of the European Cup when they were pitted against Dinamo Dresden, the champions of East Germany. The Bianconeri were not underdogs themselves and paid a visit to East Germany for the first leg but were handed a 2-0 defeat as Kreische and Schade struck for Dresden. Having a mountain to climb in the second leg, Juventus did manage to win at home but lost out on the aggragate score. An own goal by Fabio Capello proved pivotal as it brought the East Germans back into the contest after Furino struck early for the hosts. The Italians won 3-2 at home but lost out 3-4 on aggregate and it was a tough pill to swallow for the Turin giants.

        BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH:1975-76 EUROPEAN CUP SECOND ROUND                                                                                                                                                     

After getting the better of CSKA Sofia in the first round of the 1975 European Cup, Juventus were drawn   against Borussia Monchengladbach of Germany. The German club's strike force was spearheaded by Jupp Heynckes, the current coach of FC Bayern. The first leg was played in Germany and it was Heynckes who got on the scoresheet along with Simonson as the Old Lady went down 2-0 to the German outfit. The scenario was the same, two goals down in the tie and the Italians needed a magic performance to progress to the next round. Well yet again, that didn't happen. Juventus would have only themselves to blame after strikes from Gori and Bettega on the 35th and 68th respectively put the hosts on course to achieve the impossible. However, defensive lapses coupled with Monchengladbach's fighting spirit come right back at Juventus as they levelled the game at 2-2 with Danner and Simonsen striking for the visitors. A shame really for Juventus, as sure the fans would have been bitterly disappointed after the conclusion of the 90 minutes.

                         ARSENAL: 2005-06 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER FINALS                                                                                                                                 


Juventus bowed out to Arsenal in the 2005-06 edition

Fabio Capello's Juventus managed to get past Werder Bremen in the Round of 16 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In the quarter-finals, Capello's men were drawn against the English powershouse Arsenal. The Gunners were a side boasting of a perfect blend of experience and youth and hence Juventus would have to get a good result at Highbury in the first leg. However, Arsene Wenger handed a footballing lesson to Capello's men as the Gunners recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory courtesy strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry. Mauro Cameronesi and Jonathan Zebina were sent off in the tie at London and a weakened Juventus had to win by a big margin in Italy. In the second leg, the hosts were nowhere close to achieving that feat as the two teams played out a goal less draw which saw Capello's side bow out of the competition.

The Juventus-Bayern tie is definitely not over. But if we go according to stats, it is a humungous task for Juventus to overturn this deficit. The Bianconeri have failed to overcome 2-0 deficits on four occasions but can they break this century old jinx when the face the Bavarians in their backyard? Only time will tell, but Bayern look the overwhelming favourites to qualify from this tie.

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