Sneijder goal means Juventus must fight to keep Pogba

Paul Pogba

Juventus' devastating Champions League elimination could have a massive effect on the Old Lady's transfer plans.

People had suggested that a heated atmosphere at Galatasaray's Turk Telecom Arena could trouble Juventus but the Old Lady withered in the snow and could now pay the price in the market.

Galatasaray away was always going to be a tough way to end their Champions League group campaign but few could've predicted the dramatic sequence of events that led to Juve's downfall.

At the second attempt on a barely playable pitch, Wesley Sneijder dealt the death blow to the Bianconeri's European dream.

Antonio Conte's men will look back bitterly at the 1-1 draw in Copenhagen as an opportunity missed and must now find Plan B.

While their Scudetto chances still look very healthy, Juve must be reeling from the loss of around £20m in prize money, sponsorship funds and TV revenue that their premature exit represents.

And all the rumours that have circulated in the Italian press linking the Turin club with big-name reinforcements must now be scotched.

Sporting director Beppe Marotta's thoughts will now turn to protecting the assets already at Juve's disposal, most pertinently Paul Pogba.

Pogba has always stressed how happy he is at Juventus, but he couldn't have imagined he would be playing Europa League football.

The vultures will now circle the Juventus Stadium and the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way - how costly could Sneijder's goal prove in the long term?

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