- After a poor start to the season, Juventus now seems destined for an embarrassing departure from Europe’s premier club tournament and is way behind in Serie A.
- In the Champions League, Juventus faces the prospect of an early exit as they prepare to fly to Benfica with their destiny already decided.
- It is imperative for Juve that the Israelis win or draw against either PSG or Benfica.
As they get ready to fly to Benfica, knowing that they no longer have control over their destiny, Juventus are aware that they are in danger of being eliminated from the Champions League earlier than expected.
As a result of a terrible start to the season, Juventus is now playing at a significant disadvantage in Serie A and is set to suffer an ignominious elimination from the most crucial club tournament in Europe.
Massimiliano Allegri’s team is currently in third place in Group H with three points after four matches. They are 5 points behind Tuesday’s opponents and Paris Saint-Germain, who are in first place in the league. Massimiliano Allegri’s edge must come out on top of both of their remaining matches to hold any likelihood of progressing to the round of 16.
It wouldn’t make much of a difference if they were to win their first match in Lisbon and then defeat PSG in Turin the following week; it is improbable that they would advance to the next round. They’d be eliminated if the other teams won their second match against Maccabi Haifa.
Given their results up to this point and the embarrassing loss they suffered at the hands of Maccabi in their most recent match, Juve would necessitate the Israeli side to either win or draw against one of PSG or Benfica for them to have a chance at beating Maccabi.
If Maccabi were to get a tie in any of their remaining games, Juventus would be level for 9 points with one of the teams now in first and second place, and qualifying would come down to head-to-head performance.
On the other hand, if Maccabi were to draw both of their matches while Juventus was victorious in both, all three clubs would end with nine points, and the struggling giants from Turin would claim first place based on their head-to-head history.
Before Allegri and his side take to the pitch at the Estadio da Luz today, speculations of this kind will be the farthest thing from their minds.
The Italian manager has been under criticism for many weeks, and a straightforward 4-0 victory against Empoli on Friday did little to appease critics who are growing weary of what they perceive to be a plodding kind of football that is no longer producing the results that Juventus supporters want.