In a match that was scheduled for yesterday and ended up being played today due to the weather conditions, Juventus and Galatasaray clashed in Istanbul to decide which team was going to accompany Real Madrid in the Champions League’ Round of 16.
The weather was still complicated and even though the snowfall wasn’t as heavy as yesterday, the pitch was still in very bad conditions. However, those factors played in favor of the hosts as Galatasaray pulled off the upset and won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Wesley Sneijder.
And while some people might think it was a shocking result, it really wasn’t when the performances of both sides in the group stage are considered.
Juventus only won one of their six contests in the initial phase, and their slow start eventually doomed them. The current Serie A champions were unable to get positive results against teams that were clearly beatable like Galatasaray at home and the two matches vs. FC Copenhagen, and while they had chances to qualify in the last match, they couldn’t hold on to an advantage that was surrendered in the final minutes of the game.
Juventus will now participate in the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in the Group B. While they are automatic contenders to win the tournament, just like Chelsea last season, the team has woes that need to be solved sooner rather than later. La Vecchia Signora is definitely one of the best teams in the world, but they need to play according to their quality if they want to make noise in the European stage.