Chiellini: It is all just laughableApril 12, 2018
Giorgio Chiellini has said his side should of known something would stop them going through against Real Madrid, having seen Bayern Munich lose last season against the Spanish side.
Juventus opened the scoring for the night within the first 2 minutes as Sami Khedria lifted an light cross to the far post which met Mario Mandzukic’s head to put them 1-0 up.
Real Madrid then went on to enjoy large spells of possession, which led to Isco pinching the ball in the back of the net from close range; but the goal was disallowed due to him being marginally offside.
Juventus doubled their lead almost identically in the 37th minute, early substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner whipped in an inviting cross to the far post for Mandzukic to rise above Dani Carvajal and stab home.
At half time Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane brought on Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez for Gareth Bale and Casemiro, potentially in an attempt to reduce the impact Juve’s wide players were having in the match.
Blaise Matuidi made it level on aggregate after scoring from just a few inches from the goal line following Keylor Navas’ blunder which saw the ball fumble out of his hands and Into the Frenchman’s path.
With the game looking likely to be heading to extra time, Medhi Benatia made a rash challenge from behind on Lucas Vasquez from point blank range, which saw referee Micheal Oliver point straight to the spot.
In light of the decision the Juventus players ferociously protested to the referee and the officials which even saw Gianluigi Buffon sent off the pitch for his uncontrolled aggression and antagonism towards the referee.
The decision forced Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri to bring on Wojciech Szczesny for Gonzalo Higuain in attempt to save the penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo with the weight of Real Madrid on his shoulders side footed the ball into the side netting to send Real Madrid through to the semi finals.
“It is not surprising, Bayern Munich went through it last year and this was Juve’s turn,” Chiellini told Mediaset Premium.
“Between the first leg and this one, just about everything happened. It’s laughable that the Italian refereeing designator said things are going well in the Champions League.
“Nobody thought we could turn it around, but we believed and it’ll help us for the next Champions League campaigns. It’ll be an objective for the future.
“You could tell at the time it wasn’t a penalty but seeing the footage back it’s just laughable. We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a crazy person would’ve believed that going in.
“We could’ve scored five or six goals tonight, so we ought to be proud. We want to win the seventh Scudetto.”
Real Madrid will join Bayern Munich, Roma and Liverpool in the semi-final draw on Friday.