Juventus shares plunge after Champions League exit

Четверг, 18 Апр, 2019

Ronaldo will be 35 next year but he will no doubt be eager to win the Champions League for the sixth time in Istanbul.

He's bagged nine goals against Arsenal, six versus Manchester City and four past Manchester United.

"We were not favourites, but with our philosophy we again exceeded our limits".

"Ronaldo has given us a lot over the course of the campaign, but when you reach the quarter-final, you need every player", he said, per the Daily Mail.

They've pretty much wrapped up La Liga and they're in the final of the Copa del Rey, with Liverpool or Porto the team they must beat to reach the Champions League final.

Ajax took complete control in the second half and their geometric passing repeatedly opened up the Juventus defence, which sorely missed injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

"We had so many chances to score at the end, it is 2-1 but it could be 3-1 or 4-1".

"Cristiano has extraordinary quality". "Ajax are a great team, I can not say much to my players tonight".

"It's not our worst elimination".

"Win the Champions League?"

"In the last month we have been struggling with several injuries. We don't know what we can achieve but we are never satisfied".

While the return of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor into the starting XI provides a welcome boost, Allegri confirmed Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic remains sidelined.

Ronaldo headed Juventus ahead in the 28th minute.

The unmarked Ronaldo met Miralem Pjanic's corner with a trademark thunderous header as Ajax complained of a foul on Joel Veltman. Van de Beek cushioned Hakim Ziyech's shot and, kept onside by Mattia De Sciglio, tucked away the one-on-one opportunity.

Teenage striker Moise Kean replaced Dybala after the break, but it was the Dutch who turned on the style, with only Szczesny's reflexes keeping Juventus in the tie.

Juventus heaved a huge sigh of relief when Neres broke through and Van De Beek set up Ziyech inside the penalty area.

"It's unbelievable. We are so happy that we did it today and so proud of the team", De Ligt told ViaSportFotball. Just as he did in the first leg in Amsterdam, Ronaldo thumped a downwards header past Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana in the first half and celebrated with his usual blend of machismo and self-centred delirium.