After a huge win like Juventus got this past weekend in the Derby d'Italia against Inter Milan, you often fear there will be a drop in performance.
It's not a theory or some random idea, it's a proven fact that some teams come out in their next game after an emotional encounter and suffer a let down. And when you have a team that has been inconsistent since the season began, things don't go well.
That's exactly what happened against Bayern Munich Tuesday night. A 4-1 defeat, at home, in front of the faithful Juvetino, with a spot in the Champions League knockout stages on the line.
From the start, Bayern asserted themselves as the better team. On 11 minutes the German giants came close to opening the scoring when Mark van Bommel's cross found Ivica Olic in the box, who banged his header off the far post.
But as poorly as they were playing in the beginning, it was Juventus who got the opener thanks to David Trezeguet. A sublime cross from midfielder Claudio Marchisio found Trezeguet who then, at full stretch, one-touched it pass Bayern keeper Jorg Butt.
Within seconds, Bayern was on the attack once again. Bastian Schweinsteiger sent a rocket in from the top of the box that forced Gianluigi Buffon to push it over the bar from the coner.
And from then on, Bayern would be in complete control of the game.
Bayern leveled the game on the half-hour mark when Martin Caceres brought down Olic in the box. It was a clear penalty as Caceres got all of Olic and none of the ball. It wasn't Olic who would take the penalty, however. Butt stepped up to the spot and calmly put it in the back of the net as his counterpart went the wrong way.
The pressure only got more intense as the first half went on—Mario Gomez just barely sent a chance off a corner over the bar and Schweinsteiger camped out on the box of the box and let fly at will. Juventus seemed to only keep possession for seconds as their passes either failed to connect or a Bayern player just picked their pocket.
The first half ended, surprisingly, at just 1-1. Bayern outshot Juventus 12-to-1 in the first 45 minutes of the game—five of those off the foot Schweinsteiger from just about the same area above the box.
As the second half began, it was just more of the same. Juventus boss Ciro Ferrara tried to change things up, bringing on Christian Poulsen for Alessandro Del Piero. But much like everything else for Juventus on the night, it didn't work.
Just seven minutes into the second half Bayern took a much-deserved lead thanks to Olic. Buffon made a quality save to stop Daniel Van Buyten's header but Olic was unmarked at the back post and cooly tapped in the rebound to put his team head.
Once Bayern went ahead, you knew they would stay there. Juventus were just awful on the night and were creating little-to-nothing the entire game. Every time Juve tried to get an attack going, their passing was simply off and it broke down before it was serious danger to the Bayern defense.
Schweinsteiger again tested Buffon from 20 yards out and it was pushed away from the corner. That's where Bayern got their third goal of the evening as Gomez had a wide open goal to tap in another Buffon save off a Van Buyten header.
You think that was the end of it? Not so fast, my friend.
Bayern substitute Anatoliy Tymoshchuk put the icing on the cake to put the score at 4-1 with just one minute left in regular time. The Ukranian midfielder had a blast from outside the box that Buffon could do nothing about.
A fitting end to a horrible evening for Italy's Old Lady.
One of Juventus' worst showings when they needed it the most. No single player should be blamed for this kind of disaster. It was a group effort.
How the mighty have fallen. Juventus FC—off to the Europa League.
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