Juventus should focus more on how to exploit the weaknesses of their back line, as they attempt to defend their Champions League spot for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign.
Juventus’ back line was badly tested in the Champions League group stage, but they’ve shown resilience in recent weeks to secure second-place in Group F.
In the past two weeks, they’ve won three games in a row, including a 4-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.
This week, they face Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico.
The match is the second of four in the round of 16.
“We’ve had some problems at the start of the season, but we’ve been strong since the last two rounds,” said Juventus coach Giuseppe Marotta.
“We have the quality to defend.
We’ve got to do it with a different mentality and not a negative mentality.
We have a great opportunity to play against a very good team at home, in a very tough league.
We need to win.”
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Juve have only won two Champions League matches in all competitions, and only one of those has come against Real Madrid.
But their recent run of results has come at the expense of a side who have been struggling in recent months.
In fact, Juventus are just one of four teams who have failed to win a game at home this season, with Real Madrid, Napoli, Inter Milan and Manchester City also failing to get off the mark.
Juose were able to salvage their season in late May when they lost 4-1 to Manchester City, a result which sent them to the last eight.
However, after a 0-0 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages, Juventus dropped points to second-placed Manchester United and drew with Olympiakos, both in the Europa League.
While that was the first-ever Europa League draw, it was also the first in the league.
Juvenia coach Marotta said the defeat at Olympiakksi was not a result of the way the game was played, but a consequence of their poor defending.
“If you look at the game, it didn’t look like we were playing well,” Marotta told reporters after the game.
“It was a defensive breakdown, and we’re not good at defending defensive breakdowns.
It was a bad game, and it shows why we haven’t been playing as well as we wanted to.”
Marotta also blamed the way his side played for their poor showing in the last 10 minutes.
“You need a few moments like that,” he said.
“Sometimes, you don’t want to play in that position.
But it’s not only that, the team needs to do something about the situation.
You have to analyse everything.”
Juventus will return to action on Wednesday against Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have beaten the Nerazzurri in the past three games, and are likely to have to face one of their weaker opponents in Group G.
Juampic will need to avoid the fate of the two previous seasons as they have failed in the European Cup, and the result of their Group B match against the reigning European champions, Bayern Munich, will be seen as the last straw.