Juan Cuadrado: Comeback gives Juventus belief ahead of second leg

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 by The News Editor

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Juan Cuadrado believes Juventus can triumph over Bayern Munich if they sustain the momentum that saw them rally to a 2-2 Champions League draw in Turin.

Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben gave Pep Guardiola’s side the upper hand at Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night but reigning Serie A champions Juve mounted a comeback in the final 30 minutes.

Late strikes from Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro mean the last-16 tie is all square – even though Bayern boast two away goals – and winger Cuadrado is confident about the return leg.

He told juventus.com: “We knew we were facing a tough game against a very good team.

“We struggled at times but there are plenty of positives for us to take from this result, particularly the way we played in the second half to battle our way back into the tie.

“We now know that we need to start in Munich the way we finished tonight. If we do that, we have a chance.”

The on-loan Chelsea man added: “They have some exceptional players but we showed we have great qualities ourselves and that is something we must keep in mind for the second leg.

“We have to go there believing we can win.”

Germany forward Muller opened the scoring by stroking home Douglas Costa’s volleyed cross and Robben made it 2-0 with a curling finish at the start of the second half.

But Juve, who reached the 2015 final only to lose to Barcelona, recovered well with Mario Mandzukic exploiting a mistake by Joshua Kimmich to feed Dybala for a straightforward conversion.

Then, with 14 minutes remaining, midfielder Sturaro clipped fellow substitute Alvaro Morata’s headed assist into the Bayern net to equalise.

Head coach Massimiliano Allegri feels the strength of team spirit demonstrated will help the Bianconeri as they bid for glory on three fronts: in Europe, in the league and in the Coppa Italia.

“Now it’s time to get back to domestic duties and we have a Coppa semi-final to contest with Inter Milan,” he said at his post-match press conference.

“This was a test to see if we are at the right level to make our mark in challenging scenarios and that performance fills us with considerable confidence that we’ll take into the rest of the campaign.”

Juve, who lead the Serie A table by one point from Napoli, travel to Munich in three weeks’ time.

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 by The News Editor

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