Three key players for Juventus that can turn the tie around against FC Porto in the return leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
Juventus have once again succumbed in Europe’s most elite competition after the Bianconeri were left speechless in a 2-1 loss to Porto in Portugal. The 2020/21 season has been a rollercoaster ride for the Turin team in all competitions. Recently, the Black and Whites dropped points against Verona in Serie A that has further complicated their bid to retain the league title for a 10th consecutive time.
With the Scudetto more or less out of sight now for Pirlo, the focus has to be on winning the UEFA Champions League. Juventus have been on a winless streak since their last triumph since 1996 when they defeated Ajax at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Since then, it’s been nothing but hopelessness for their loyal supporters.
However, the tie is far from over for Juve as their 2-1 loss could be turned around at the Allianz Stadium. Andrea Pirlo will be drawn back to the blackboard to make several tactical changes for the second leg, meanwhile, here are a few players that could certainly help inspire another comeback.
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Despite having quite a poor game against Porto, Cristiano Ronaldo simply cannot be written off for the second leg tie. The 36-year-old thrives under pressure and has proven it ample times in his career. The former Real Madrid forward has scored all the goals for Juventus in the Champions League knockout stages since signing in the summer of 2018, however, Federico Chiesa became the first player apart from Ronaldo to score a goal in the knockouts since his arrival.
This won’t be the first team time that Juventus would be backing Cristiano Ronaldo to turn the tie around. The Portugal international had performed the unthinkable against Atletico Madrid in his debut season and almost came close to turning it around against Lyon last season after scoring a brace at home. The pressure will be on Ronaldo to turn this tie around since the winger was primarily signed for 112 million euros to win them the UEFA Champions League.