So Juve It Is

24 Apr

Satellite (11)So we now know our opponents for the semi-final: Juventus. I had a feeling that they would be. Oh so much drama to be had with any of these teams. 

Missed-his-calling-as-a-Bond-villain and RM legend Emilio Butragueño had some things to say about the news.

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Juventus-Real Madrid in Champions League semi-finals

The first leg will be played on 5 May in Turin and the second leg will take place on 13 of the same month at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid face Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals. The Whites will play the first leg in Turin on 5 May and the return leg will be at the Santiago Bernabéu on 13 of the same month. The winner of this semi-final will play as the home side in the final, that will take place in Berlin on 6 June. The other semi-final will be played between Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Juventus reached the semi-finals after beating Monaco by an aggregate score of 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Before that, they finished second in Group A and eliminated Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16. Allegri’s side have dominated the Italian league over the last three seasons and are on the way to winning their fourth consecutive title.

Butragueño: “It will be a very close semi-final”
“We are up against a legendary side, a very competitive club and it is good news for both football and the Champions League that Juventus have returned to this level. Carlo is a man who has lots of experience and I am sure that he will find a way of doing damage to Juve. It will be a very close semi-final”.

Butragueño: “Juve are a very competitive side and the semi-final will be fascinating.”

“We are playing the second game at the Bernabéu, in theory, that is a slight advantage but we will have to manage a good result there to see if we are able to reach the final. We are very excited after the great effort the team made on Wednesday night”.

Options
“I agree with Carlo, we have to think about the options we have. We are Real Madrid and any of the players here is good enough to overcome any challenge. It will be a fascinating semi-final from the point of view of players and fans”.

Morata
“He is having a fantastic season and we are very happy for him because he deserves it. He has a lot of potential and he is showing it. We need to think about how we approach this stage in order to go through”.

I’ve promised watishista/Napoli fan extraordinare Maria Rosaria that we will have no mercy against her bitter rivals no matter who is on that team that I like so don’t make a liar out of me, Blancos!  But it’s safe to say that anyone who gets between us and La Undécima is going down.

Satellite (13)FROM REALMADRID.COM

Ancelotti: “Juventus is a legendary club but we are very confident”

“We need Real Madrid to be at their best to win”, added the manager.

Carlo Ancelotti analysed the Champions League semi-final draw for Realmadrid.com and Realmadrid TV. Madrid have drawn Juventus.“At this stage of the competition, all of the sides are difficult. Juventus is a club that have a legendary history and it is returning to a semi-final after twelve years. They are having a very good season and have practically won the Italian league. That means they can focus more on the Champions League”.

“We are confident that we can follow our dream, which is to reach another final after last year. We need Real Madrid to be at their best to win, we need the same side that played against Atlético, with the same enthusiasm and hope. We have a lot of confidence”.

The fans
“They helped us a lot last year in the semi-finals against Bayern, with a fantastic atmosphere. They also helped in these quarter-finals , the atmosphere was amazing at the Bernabéu and they had the same enthusiasm as us. Everything went well and I hope things continue that way in the semi-finals”.

We’ve met Juve 16 times prior in European Cup competition. Most memorably, beating them in the final 1-0 in 1998 ending the 32 year wait for La Séptima.

Head-to-head record
Real Madrid’s overall European Cup record against Juventus is 8 wins, 1 draw, 7 defeats, 16 goals for and 18 against. Their first clash in the competition came in the quarter-finals in 1962, the tie settled by a play-off in which Real Madrid ran out 1-3 winners.

Some other interesting stats about the final four courtesy of this article from ESPNFC:

It is only the second time in the history of the Champions League that all four semifinalists have won the competition before (the other was the 2012-13 campaign). Between them, the clubs have won the European Cup 21 times with 10 coming from Madrid, five for Bayern, four for Barcelona and two for Juventus. Between them they have competed in a staggering 37 finals.

Interesting times, people. And so much glorious football to watch!

– Lozil

5 Responses to “So Juve It Is”

  1. Futbolfan April 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Wow, it’s gonna be an epic final either way if we make it through, WHICH WE WILL!!!!

    Hala Madrid!

  2. jellyace April 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    OH MY! An Isco Cutie Pie-Morata reunion! This will be epic (Isco-Morata aside).

  3. jellyace April 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I just realized Pep will be playing his old team, Barca. Advantage Bayern as Pepe knows Barca so well, he probably even know when Pique will bleed and when Busquets will dive.

    • jellyace April 24, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      typo: Advantage Bayern as Pep knows…

  4. Katie Ann April 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    I had a lengthy discussion about this draw while coaching a track meet today. To sum it up, I like the poetics of it. It’s going to be fun to watch.

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