Juventus progressed into the final of the Champions League for the first time in over 10 years yesterday evening courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate victory over holders Real Madrid. It was Alvaro Morata who scored against his former club, following Cristiano Ronaldo's opener, to secure a 1-1 away draw with the reigning champions.
This is an absolutely astonishing achievement for the Serie A side, who, just nine years ago, found themselves playing their football in the Italian second division. Just under a decade down the line, and they now have the opportunity to compete for Europe's most highly coveted prize, the UEFA Champions League.
To further put Juventus' recent achievement into perspective, the Italian outfit have progressed to the final despite being outscored by six other teams, including Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea. Both London clubs have appeared on four fewer occasions this season, and yet they remain ahead of the Champions League finalists in the scoring charts.
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Instead, as we witnessed throughout Juve's two-legged tie against Real Madrid, the club's campaign has been built on a foundation of extreme defensive solidity.
Having conceded just seven goals in 12 matches, while recording an impressive six clean sheets, it is clear to see the focal point of Massimiliano Allegri's tactics.
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Against Barcelona, in Berlin, Juve will face their toughest opponents to date. Facing a strike force consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - dubbed as MSN by fans - who have between them scored 114 goals and managed 53 assists in all competitions this season, it is unlikely to be an easy ride for the recently crowned Serie A champions.