I had a very happy text from John Pargiter after the Juve win. He had backed them each way at 20-1 after the knock out stage on my advice. I could not bear supporting a Juve win so I made no bet myself. I do not think they will beat Barca in the final. In the Champions League they abandoned their customary set up of 5-3-2 to 4-4-2. This means Lichsteiner a wing back is less offensive at right back and the midfield of Pirlo, Marchisio , Vidal and Pogba too flat. Most of all their defence did not look watertight and I can’t see the trident of Neymar, Suarez and Messi missing the chances Real Madrid did. Although the conditions were sapping , Juve had too many players over 30 and looked exhausted by the final whistle.
Fiorentina exited the Europa League ignobly losing 2-0 at home to Seville and 5-0 on aggregate . We still might achieve a Europa League place but a season full of hope has ended with no success.
Talking of success if you take as a sign of a league’s preeminence European competition, the liga with three clubs in the semis, Barcalona, Real Madird and Seville and serie a with Fiorentina, Juventus and Napoli make the Premier with none somewhat lacking.