Another exit for Juventus in the Champions League has left coach Massimiliano Allegri’s future uncertain as the Bianconeri’s dream European success is put on hold. Juventus were stunned by Dutch side Ajax in Turin after the visitors emerged victorious, winning 2-1 (3-2) to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.
Goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt cancelled Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal in the first half. Once the Dutch were ahead, Ronaldo couldn’t take the hosts home.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the round of 16 clash against Atletico Madrid to almost single-handedly overturn a two-goal deficit, and had also found the back of the net in Amsterdam.
Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed no fear against Ronaldo and the Italian giant either, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
Speaking to reports after the UCL exit, Juventus coach Allegri felt that the team has been in a bit of an ’emergency situation’
“I’ve always said that to win the Champions League, you need to reach a certain stage in good form and with good fitness levels. We’ve been in a bit of an emergency situation for a while and that can only be sustained for so long.”
“We were missing four or five players tonight. Daniele Rugani and Leonardo Bonucci had good games for 50 minutes or so, but we lost our unity and organisation, giving Ajax the advantage.”
Ajax will play the winner between Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals stage.
Ronaldo’s old rival Lionel Messi is very much in contention in the UCL race though, after scoring two goals to help Barcelona thrash Manchester United 3-0 and progress 4-0 on aggregate in the other quarterfinal.
It is the first time since that Ronaldo has failed to reach the last four since 2010, having won the competition the last three years in a row with Madrid.