Juventus lost 1-2 to Porto in the away land, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo once again faded in the Champions League “gut” arena.
Juventus is considered lucky when only having to meet Porto in the 1/8 round of the Champions League. Outstanding strength and the advantage of playing the second leg at Allianz’s home field helped Pirlo’s teachers and students “brighten the door” to continue. However, the poor performance following the defeat of Napoli in Serie A made “Old Lady” pay a heavy price in Portugal.
Confronting Porto in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League round, Juve launched the most powerful squad. Young striker Dejan Kulusevski was selected to pair with superstar Ronaldo in the attack to take advantage of the wide ability to break the multi-layered defensive structure of the Portuguese team.
However, when the “lessons” of Pirlo were not effective, Juve had to concede a goal right from the second minute. Porto surged in pressure from the opponent’s field. Midfielder Bentancur carelessly passed the ball, creating opportunities for the opponent and although goalkeeper Szczesny came across very quickly, he could not stop Taremi’s shot.
The early loss made the Juventus players confused, somewhat losing confidence. In the first half, the combinations of “Old Lady” were quite confused and did not create “damage”. The deadlock is evident from the fact that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has not launched any finishes.
The scenario worsened as Porto continued to apply the old hand, hitting the front line right after the break. In the 46th minute, the Juventus defense lacked concentration to let Manafa lead the solo ball through 3 players, before turning it to Marega to easily double the gap.
Even if he lost 2 goals, “Old Lady” has no way to get up, causing pressure on the home team. It was not until the 82nd minute that Chiesa shone and brought a valuable away goal for “Old Lady of Turin”.
The final 1-2 defeat in Portugal was not the result of disaster for Ronaldo and his teammates. The Bianconeri still have the opportunity to continue, with 1 away goal as capital. However, Pirlo’s teachers and students will not be able to go very far if they still perform poorly like last time.