This was a superb victory for Juventus, for a club that was relegated in disgrace only nine years ago. What was so good about it was the intelligence and the nerve. We take skill and application for granted as well as the tempo and stamina that Antonio Conte brought to them. But Allegri has injected something extra, a confidence in their ability and their methods. Whether they can live with Mes-Sua-Ney is for another day but with Buffon, Evra, Chiellini and Bonucci there is always hope. Let’s not forget either that nine years ago a certain Andrea Pirlo was man of the match in the World Cup final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. It’s the happiest of hunting grounds for him, Andrea Barzagli and Gigi Buffon. Look at them, jubilant in blue again, at the Bernabeu.
Whether this is the end for Carlo Ancelotti or not is not for today either, as he confirms below. But if it is the end for him here he won’t be short of suitors, will he Man City? No one manages elite, established players better, I think. But the economics of the Galactico project means you have great quality in your first XI but no depth in the squad to cope with injury and loss of form. Thanks for your company tonight. Good night!
Carlo Ancelotti speaks
We lost the game in the first game. Tonight we played at our best we were not lucky to score another goal. I was disappointed with the goal we conceded, of course, but we had a lot of opportunities to score a sceond but we were unlucky. Bale played better. I don’t know [about next season] we have 15 days to work and then we can have a speech with the club.