Juventus gave Bayern Munich easy possession in Champions League, says Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins says Juventus contributed to their own downfall as they slipped to defeat at Bayern Munich.
Last Updated: 03/04/13 10:46am
The Italians were bested 2-0 at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening, with David Alaba netting a deflected long-range strike inside 30 seconds and Thomas Muller prodding home a second 27 minutes from time.
Sky Sports pundit Wilkins reckons Antonio Conte's reigning Serie A titlists, who host Bayern in the return leg in Turin next Wednesday, were the architects of their own downfall.
"I was disappointed by Juventus' naivety as they were trying to play when they shouldn't have been playing," said the former Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and QPR midfielder.
"They tried this tippy-tappy football when Bayern were pressing high and could smell blood, especially in the second half, and they gave the Germans possession in good areas.
"Juventus looked far more imaginative when Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic came on and had they started the game it might have been slightly different - but if you lose a goal after 25 seconds it is always going to be an uphill battle."
Wilkins, however, reserved praise for Bayern engine-roomer Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has seized five Bundesliga crowns with the Bavarians, and says the 28-year-old won the battle with Juventus pass master Andrea Pirlo in the middle of the park.
"Schweinsteiger was superb; we were eulogising Pirlo before the game but his ring management was, and always is, outstanding," said Wilkins.
"He allows the other players to do what they do, is always there to receive the ball and his passing is crisp and puts Bayern on the front foot; without him they are a bit rudderless but when he plays they look a very good team.
"Pirlo, though, didn't have a good night; pace is not his strong point but he usually thinks quicker than everyone else - but on this occasion he was passing willy-nilly and gave away possession in the build-up to Bayern's first goal.
"Munich worked hard to keep him quiet but he was poor."
Former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann, meanwhile, feels the Germans are now destined to make the Champions League semi-finals as they hunt for their fifth triumph in Europe's premier club competition.
And the 39-year-old, who won the tournament with Liverpool in Istanbul in 2005, says the strength in depth Bayern possess will give them an excellent chance of going one better than last year, when they were conquered by Chelsea in the final.
"I think the Old Lady (Juventus) aged a fair bit tonight and apart from a 10-15 minute spell after they scored their first goal, Bayern Munich were by far the better side," said Hamann.
"The only down side is that they didn't score more goals and really put the tie to bed. However, with the way Bayern play and the pace they've got up front, it is hard to see Juventus coming back.
"Bayern also have a big squad and can bring on Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben and bring back Javi Martinez, so they have replacements who can perform and it seems a very happy camp at the moment.
"I think they are a match for anybody in the competition."