But the fact remains that Juventus, after scoring less than a minute into the first leg and then hunkering down for the next 89 minutes, finds itself in yet another situation in which the Champions League Round of 16 doom could be repeated.
Juventus and Villarreal are level at 1-1 heading into the second leg at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Wednesday night.
This tie would be much more solid if the away goal rule was still in effect, but since it isn’t, Juventus will have to do what they’ve had to do for the past two years — win… straight up.
Of course, it’s always simpler to say something than to actually do it.
JUVENTUS STARTING XI
W. Szczesny, Danilo, M.de ligt, D.Rugani, M.de Sciglio, J.Cuadrado, M.Locatelli, Arthur, A.Rabiot, A.Morata, D.Vlahovic.
VILLAREAL STARTING XI
A.Groeneveld, G.Lo Celso, M.Trigueros, E. Capoue, D.Parajo, Y.Pino, P.Estupinan, P.Torres, R.Albiol, S.Aurier, G.Rulli
Getting to the knockout rounds is no longer enough. The goal isn’t to make it to the round of 16. It’s only a matter of getting past the round of 16.
Villarreal has won two of its three games since their last meeting with Juventus, and they have done so in a totally different manner.
To begin the month of March, the team has a 5-1 win and a 1-0 win sandwiched between a 1-0 loss to Osasuna. Villarreal’s most recent victory, a 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo, was achieved thanks to Dani Parejo, who scored the game-tying goal against Juventus in the first leg a few weeks ago.
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