With a defensive stand against Monaco in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals, Juventus could go back to the final for the second time in three years. Juve are chasing their first European title since 1996, and possibly the first treble in club history.
On a domestic level, Juventus have no problem winning titles. They are currently on the brink of a sixth straight Serie A trophy, and can be the first team in Italy to win three consecutive doubles if they win the Coppa Italia final in June. The league title this year would be the 33rd in club history, more than any team in any if the top leagues in Europe.
In European play, Juventus have not raised a trophy this century. Their defense has been bested by superior offense at critical stages in the competition, mostly by perennial contenders Barcelona and Real Madrid. Juventus won the European Champions Clubs’ Cup in 1985, but only have one victory in the modern Champions League competition. Here’s how Juventus performed in all their previous finals:
2015 Final: In Berlin, Juventus fell to Barcelona 3-1. Ivan Rakitic put Barcelona on the board after four minutes, but Morata equalized early in the second half. Juventus kept it tight but the Barcelona counter was too much, as Neymar scored deep into extra time to seal the match for the Catalans.
1998 Final: In Amsterdam, Predrag Mijatović scored the only goal as Madrid outlasted Juventus 1-0. After a scoreless first half, Mijatović dribbled past Juventus keeper Angelo Peruzzi to blast the winner into an open net at 66 minutes. It was a third straight final appearance for Juventus, but it was Real Madrid’s first major European trophy in 32 years.
1997 Final: In a shocker, Borussia Dortmund knocked off Juventus to win their only European title in club history. Four years after beating them 6-1 in the European Cup final, Dortmund had the home-field advantage in Munich. Karl Heinz-Riedle scored twice in the first half, and although Zinedine Zidane hit the post and had a goal disallowed, Juventus only got one second-half goal from Alessandro Del Piero.
1996 Final: At Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Juventus scored early and held on late to win their only Champions League title. Juventus could not put away Ajax in extra time, but Angelo Peruzzi made two penalty saves to give The Old Lady a 4-2 win. Fabrizio Ravanelli snuck past the defense to beat Edwin van der Sar just 12 minutes in, but Jari Litmanen poked in a rebound before halftime to level the score.
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