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Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 Juventus: 3 reasons why the Bianconeri won the game  | UEFA Champions League 2019-20

  • Juventus knocked out Leverkusen from the Champions League with a 2-0 win.
Nnanna
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:19 IST

#2 Bayer's attack was very poor in the final third

Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus: Group D - UEFA Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus: Group D - UEFA Champions League

While it seems excessive to describe the hosts' attack in that manner, it is rather befitting of their unattractive and lacklustre gameplay. While Juventus goalkeeper Buffon made only one save throughout the match, it is shocking to note that Bayer Leverkusen had 14 shots at goal and only one was on target.

In other words, the entire Bayer attack and midfield managed to hit thirteen shots towards the Juventini's goal, and none troubled the keeper enough for him to make a save. Both forwards had six shots, all off-target. The midfield gathered eight shots at goal, with only Karim Bellarabi making the only clinical shot of the game.

It becomes even more embarrassing when compared with Juventus' attacking stats. The Old Lady took only six shots at goal, put two on target, and scored them both.


#1 Maurizio Sarri's genius move: Paulo Dybala

Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus: Group D - UEFA Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus: Group D - UEFA Champions League

Needing more attacking options in the final third, the former Chelsea manager made a pivotal decision to withdraw Bernardeschi for Paulo Dybala. That decision won Sarri and Juventus the game with two great goals.

Dybala came on the pitch in the 66th minute, and made an instant impact, as he set Ronaldo up with the first goal of the game. The 26-year-old also deserves accolades for his creativity and gameplay today. He proved to be the answer to Bayer's structured defensive efforts. Once he found the chink in the armour of the defence, Dybala was in place to set Higuain up for yet another goal.

Juventini fans will be hoping to see more from Sarri and Dybala, especially after the difficult weekend they had to endure as the defeat against Lazio has set them back two points below current Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

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Published 12 Dec 2019, 06:47 IST
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