Juventus picked up a narrow home win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.
However, Dortmund are very much still in this tie as they secured a vital away goal in the 2-1 loss. When they host the Italians in Dortmund, they will only have to win to nil to secure their place in the quarter-finals, one goal is all it could take.
Dortmund Boss Jurgen Klopp accepts that his side didn’t really deserve to win the game, as they didn’t do do enough in the final third. Although they enjoyed good spells of possession, they failed to test Buffon in the Juventus goal often enough.
A positive for Dortmund
Klopp told UEFA reporters after the defeat: “Yes, the result is fair, We did lots really, really well in first half, but we conceded two soft goals.
In the second half, I had to change early on. Juve had two big chances and I can't remember any big chances we had.”
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A positive that the eccentric manager could take way from Turin is that his side only lost 2-1. In terms of a two-leg tie, losing by that scoreline in the first leg, away, is not a bad situation to be in.
Klopp added: “If we were to lose, then we had to hold it at 2-1, and we did that. And now we move on.”
Should have finished it
Carlos Tevez opened the scoring for Juventus before Marco Reus levelled for the away team only for Alvaro Morata to put the Serie A leaders ahead again just before half time.
The second half could have seen Juve put the tie to bed as they had a series of chances that they didn’t take.
Realistically the Bianconeri could have done with getting more goals as now they are going to have to expect an onslaught from Dortmund when they play the return leg.
Goalscorer Morata told Sky Sport after the game: “I think we played well, but it was very difficult. Borussia Dortmund might not have be doing well in the Bundesliga, but we all know they are strong in the Champions League.
"The second leg will be extremely difficult in a fervid stadium, but Juve will go there with everything we’ve got. Tonight we won and I am happy.”
The return leg at the Westfalenstadion could be quite exciting as Dortmund are going to have attack, and their lighting fast forwards are very impressive when they are in full flow.
Juventus could probably defend the lead as they are notoriously strong at the back, but it might be their best interests to go and get a goal in Dortmund.
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