4 Most Juventus Players in the Champions League
Italian giants, Juventus only drew 1-1 against Sporting CP host on Wednesday (1/11/2017) early morning hrs Agensbobet99.net. I Bianconeri still have to wait to qualify for the next round.
The hosts went ahead through Bruno Cesar’s goal in the 20th minute. Juventus had difficulty penetrating the Sporting CP defense. Until finally, Gonzalo Higuain scored the equalizer in the 79th minute. With the results of this series, I Bianconeri failed to lock a ticket to the round of 16 large.
Juventus remain second in Group D with four points, three points adrift of Barcelona at the top, and three ahead of Sporting in third. The lady must be able to beat Barcelona to ensure themselves qualify for the next round.
For the players, this match will increase their flying hours in the Champions League. A number of Juventus players are known to have often appeared in the most prestigious competition in Europe, both with Juventus uniform, and while still with his old club.
Of the 23 players in the squad, Liputan6.com summarizes the four most-featured Juventus players in the Champions League. Here’s more information.
Veteran goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has been recorded appearing 112 times in the Champions League throughout his career. Six of them while still playing for Parma in the 1997/1998 season, and the rest with Juventus. The amount does not include the matches that he lakoni in the qualifying round.
Of all the seasons he had lived, Buffon played the most in the 2002/2003 season. At that time he appeared in 15 games, to penetrate the final. Unfortunately, Juventus lost 2-0 on penalties from AC Milan in the final. Buffon failed to dispel Andriy Shevchenko’s kick, Milan’s last executioner at the time.
On both occasions through the final party, namely in the 2014/2015 season, Buffon also performed a lot. Noted he was revealed in 13 games, including in the final against Barcelona at Cardiff Millennium Stadium.
Last season, on the third occasion won the trophy, Buffon appeared 12 times.
This season, being touted as his last season before retirement, Buffon also remains irreplaceable in the Champions League.
Gonzalo Higuain deserves to be respected. Although this season’s performance is somewhat declining than ever before, the experience that he has is proof of his expertise. Except for Buffon, no other Juventus player whose flying hours in the Champions League go beyond Higuain. Pipita – Higuain greeting – recorded already diving 68 games in the age of 29 years.
Of all the performances, Higuain most featured while still with Real Madrid, which is 48 games in seven seasons, namely 2006/2007 to 2012/2013. Together with Napoli, Argentina striker was only five times appear, namely in the 2013/2014 season.
Together with Juventus, since joining the summer of last year, Higuain has appeared 16 times, including four times this season.
However, the number of Higuain’s performance is not directly proportional to his goal incision. He is not very productive in the Champions League, especially when with Real Madrid. He was drowned because there is Cristiano Ronaldo.
So far, he has just scored 19 goals, with details 9 for Madrid, 4 for Napoli, and 6 for Juventus.
Another Real Madrid alumnus, Sami Khedira, is also one of the most experienced Juventus players to play in the Champions League. Since playing for VFB Stuttagart, Germany’s national team midfielder has appeared 62 times. The details, 11 times with Stuttgart in two seasons, 33 times with Real Madrid in six seasons, and 17 times with Juventus in three seasons (including this season is still running).
With his experience, Khedira would always be relied upon by coach Massimiliano Allegri in the Champions League, although many new players are coming. His experience also makes him able to play calmly even when facing a heavy opponent or when in a depressed situation.
As a newcomer to Juventus, Khedira’s experience is still superior to some of the other players such as Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi, who have each performed 48 times in the Champions League.
Not to forget the newly recruited players in recent years, Chiellini has also swallowed a lot of salt in the Champions League. Together with Buffon, 33-year-old defender includes players who have tasted bitter defeat in the final (2014/2015, and 2016/2017). He was only not involved when I Bianconeri lost 2-3 on penalty shootout by AC Milan in the 2002/2003 season finals, because that time has not joined.
Chiellini also felt the experience of relegation to Serie B due to the case of calciopoli that befell Juventus in 2006. While other stars chose to leave, he remained faithful with La Vecchia Signora.
Since joining Juventus in 2005, Chiellini has already appeared in 60 parties in the Champions League. He recorded the most performances in the 2014/2015 season, where Juventus then qualify for the final, before finally beaten Barcelona 3-1 in Cardiff.