After winning the Derby d’Italia last weekend, Juventus were completely outclassed by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. They will have to overcome the two-goal deficit they brought back to Turin without their two best players next week.
Bayern Munich deserve the victory as they were much more superior than Juventus in the first leg and the Bianconeri also made far too many mistakes at the back.
Just like the goal scored by Inter Milan in last week’s Derby d’Italia, the first goal that night was also due to Pirlo giving the ball away too easily in the danger zone.
Lichtsteiner and Vidal have been suspended for the second leg and they are expected to be replaced by Simone Padoin and Paul Pogba respectively.
Pogba is definitely the best replacement for Vidal but Padoin is not Champions League material. He put up a decent showing against Inter last weekend but I don't think he can be much of a threat to Bayern Munich.
I hope Antonio Conte will use Sebastian Giovinco to replace Lichtsteiner in the second leg to increase the team’s attacking ability.
Federico Peluso is a defender and not a left midfielder. So Conte must replace him with Giaccherini.
I would prefer Vucinic to start and partner either Matri or Quagliarella. As proven on Tuesday, when Juventus’ midfielders are not functioning, playing both Matri and Quagliarella upfront is like playing with nine men. Vucinic’s creativity will be crucial in the second leg.
It would be good if Conte uses a more attacking formation, such as 4-2-4, next Wednesday. Marcello Lippi used a very it during the World Cup semi-final against Germany in 2006 and they managed to surprise them with two goals in extra time.
If Juventus use that formation, Vucinic can play on the left and Giovinco on the right, while Matri and Quagliarella play as centre forwards. They will be supported by Marchisio and Pirlo or Pogba in midfield, while Conte can use Peluso, Chiellini, Barzagli and Bonucci at the back.
Juventus will definitely need a miracle to knock out the on-form Bayern Munich. The players must keep the faith until the final whistle.
Fino all fine Forza Juventus!