Juventus 2 -2 Bayern München: Home side only works for half an hour in draw

Introduction

For FC Bayern München, a 2:2 draw against Juventus Turin is a fantastic result. Before the match experts, fans and officials knew that two absolute giants of European football were about to fight each other in the beautiful modern Juventus-Stadium in Turin. It was astonishing to see how FC Bayern München dominated the match for about one hour. During this stretch, Bayern played like a Champions League winner, as Müller (43′) and Robben (55′) both scored.

On the other hand, it was strange to see how Juventus, one of the 2015 Champions League finalists, acted like Darmstadt, Ingolstadt, or Bremen against Bayern. However, after 60 minutes, Juve woke up. And it seemed like their substitutions – Anderson Hernanes (45′ for Claudio  Marchisio), Stefano Sturaro (69′ for Sami Khedira) and Alvaro Morata (75′ for Dybala) – really had a strong impact on the match. Juventus proved that they knew how to comeback with Dybala (63′) and Sturaro (76′) scoring.

Augenblick

Juventus’ first goal was the match’s defining moment, making the match 1:2. The goal was scored by the young Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala (63rd) After this goal, Juventus woke up. The Italian side suddenly seemed to remember “Hey, we were finalists last season!” From this point on, the match changed.

Previously, for about 60 minutes FC Bayern München acted like a real champion and pushed Juventus deep into their part of the pitch. Bayern’s defense line of Juan Bernat, David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich acted from the middle of the pitch. Juventus defended with eleven players and it looked like Bayern was playing against a Bundesliga side like Ingolstadt or Darmstadt.

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After Dybala’s goal, the picture changed. Juventus found courage, inspiration and suddenly created a bunch of good opportunities.

Man of the Match

Joshua Kimmich. Before the match, there was one topic dominating press coverage: Bayern had no healthy defenders.

Pep Guardiola commented on this problem with a shrug of the shoulders: “They have big players and we have Kimmich!” The young lad did not attract attention, but exactly this trait makes him man of the match in my book. The young lad, actually a midfielder, was never nervous nor made bad decisions. Ball possession and high pressing prevented danger in the first 60 minutes.

Juventus' Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro (L) kicks the ball to score next to Bayern Munich's German midfielder Joshua Kimmich during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Juventus and Bayern Munich at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on February 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Juventus’ midfielder Stefano Sturaro and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich (Photo credit Olivier Morin AFP/Getty Images).

For such a unexperienced player, it was not easy to defend against Mario Mandzukic, a guy who knows every trick, and Paulo Dybala, one of the most talented strikers. Kimmich did great and we will surely hear from him again.

It should of course be mentioned that he was too late as Sturado scored the second goal for Juventus. The reactions are different. There are the ones who say that it was his fault, there are on the other hand the ones who say that this situation was very difficult to defend and that Kimmich could not have done it better.

Key Stats

Borussia Dortmund had about 75 % ball possession in the first half against FC Porto. Doing BVB one better, FC Bayern München temporarily increased this number to 80% possession in the first half against Juve.

This figure proved, on the one hand, that FC Bayern München really dominated the first 60 minutes and showed on the other hand that Juventus saw itself as the outsider in this match. Without any doubt he result 2:2 prevents that these roles will be taken in the second leg again. Juventus must act in the upcoming match against Bayern.

Talking Points

It was one of the better matches in the Champions League. Everyone is happy that the group stage is over. Now the teams have to act differently. It was surprising to see how the roles of the two teams were interpreted.

No one expected that Juventus would have acted like an average Bundesliga team with about ten players in defense. Even Bayern seemed a bit confused in the first ten minutes. The tactics of Juventus did not work out. Thomas Müller – yes, it was a typical Müller-goal – scored the lead. Robben put in a cross to Costa, who passed brilliantly to Müller.

Bayern Munich's German midfielder Thomas Mueller reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Juventus and Bayern Munich at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on February 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Thomas Mueller reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Juventus and Bayern Munich on February 23, 2016. (Photo credit Olivier Morin /AFP/Getty Images)

And the German striker stood there where he had to stand. After a typical Robben goal (0:2) everyone thought that this was the decision. But with the substitutes Juventus Turin came back. Suddenly it was the match that fans hoped for. An open fight with actions in the box and harsh (but never unfair) duels. Juventus knows that they cannot repeat their defense-tactics in the second leg. It is almost sure that we can expect the same match we saw in the last 30 minutes on march 16th 2016.

The passing sequence leading to Bayern's first goal against Juve.
The passing sequence leading to Bayern’s first goal against Juve.

Joshua Kimmich is without doubt one of the topics of last nights match. He had great statistics and played very confident. Troughout the german press the performance of the young midfielder who played as a defender is divided. Against Sturado he defendet too late. Fault or no fault? It is hard to analyse. On the one hand, it’s difficult to defend in situations like the Sturado goal. On the other hand, the position play mabye could have been better. Joshua Kimmich though played a good match against an Juventus-offensive that only worked for half an hour.

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Dennis Liedschulte

Dennis works as a journalist and author of fictional novels in Germany. He is a regular visitor of the German Bundesliga. He worked for several newspapers and online magazines and reports directly from Germany for bundesligafanatic.com. Follow at @NummerSieben7