In this year's draw, we will find European giants battle each other in the Knockout stages. For this year's Knockout draw, we have mouth-watering possibilities of the Quarter Finals like Real Madrid and Manchester United who will play either Barcelona or Juventus. The question remains, who will win this year's Uefa Champions League? The 2012-2013 Quarter Final Draw is full below.
First Match :
RealMadrid / ManchesterUnited
Juventus F.C./ FCBarcelona
FC Bayern Munchen/ ManchesterCity
After drawing Barcelona in the final minute away, it was tough, but we had achieved what few clubs in the world had done. But, we had another tough fixture at Turin and to add to that, we would either face Manchester United or Real Madrid if we went through. For Juventus, this year definitely has been tough, yet I still believe that the club has the ability to win and definitely has the ambition and determination to.
Already winning against them in any occasion, we knew that Palermo were a easy team to win, but we failed to communicate (mostly Jovetic and Cavani). However, some exquisite passes between Marchisio, Marrone and Asamoah lead to a goal where Marrone only had to tap the ball in. With Pirlo, Marrone and Marchisio absolutely dominating the midfield, we weren't finishing our chances, until Cavani woke up as a natural goalscorer he is and the game was put to an end. Three points in the bag and we got closer to the title.
Juventus F.C. 4 - 1 Bologna
Friday 8th March 2013 – Serie A TIM – Juventus Stadium, Turin – Att. 38,081
Bologna, a team that were under-performing all throughout the season were given the hard-task to play against us. Getting into the scoresheet relevantly quick, we never looked back, until we conceded thanks to our own player Gabbiadini (who is on loan on Bologna), but we recovered very quickly. With Jovetic and Sakho scoring a double that put the game where we deserved, on top.
Juventus F.C. 3 - 1 F.C. Barcelona
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Champions League First Knockout Round Second Leg – Juventus Stadium, Turin – Att. 41,000
After losing our lead to Barcelona in the dying seconds on the match on their home turf, it was time for revenge. Even though Jovetic and Cavani didn't have the best relationship with Jovetic, but for the sake of the team, they produced a fine performance. Scoring twice before the half-time (like the match at Camp Nou) I spoke to the team to not let their heads drop and definitely not let their guard down. What I asked for them is to hold their two goal lead, and they did that, by scoring another goal quickly in the second half, before Rafinha scored another goal against us (scored the last minute goal against us at Camp Nou). We were going to face either Manchester United or Real Madrid in the Quarter-Finals and the team looked up for the title. Nothing was going to stop them.
Siena 0 - 1 Juventus F.C.
Sunday 17th March 2013 – Serie A TIM – Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena – Att. 14,563
As we had qualified to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League, we continued our stride to the Serie A, just a few points and the title was ours. However, Siena made it hard for us, with their 4-3-2-1 tactic, which would shut down Isla and Asamoah. But, Asamoah is unstoppable if he makes a run, and he took the only goal of the game, as he capitalized on a Paponi mistake.
Atalanta 1 - 3 Juventus F.C.
Saturday 30th March 2013 – Serie A TIM – Atleti Azurri D'Italia, Atalanta – Att. 22,617
If we won this match, we would secure the Serie A 9 games before the season ended and with Asamoah scoring another goal, I was impressed and to be frank, excited. Even though it was away, a lot of our fans were into the match, expecting us to grab all of the three points, and celebrate at the Atleti Azurri D'Italia. But, Marco Rossi would put our celebrations in doubt, as he scored a poor goal, as Buffon didn't run out to catch the cross. Though, Cavani, our new summer signing scored our second goal, and the third was an own goal by Daniele Capelli, which would secure our Serie A title. My first season at Juventus was completed by a double, and at least unbeaten until now. Marvelous.
Sorry folks, I got my head way into the game 2 extra league matches and I don't wanna show the results! Sorry!
Player of the Month
The player of the month is none other than our re-juvenated striker, Edinson Cavani, who scored some impressive goals. He scored against teams like Atalanta and Barcelona who were not handing us the game like other teams normally do.