If this is not the Old Lady's year in the Champions League, then it will be soon
00:00 GMT, 21 November 2012
The Juventus Stadium rocked to the noise of a proud name on the rise again. Fortunately this new Italian theatre of football is built upon strong foundations. Whether Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea can say the same remains to be seen. It did not feel that way on Tuesday night.
It felt very fragile, as if the European champions were about to unravel, just six months after their greatest triumph. They were beaten by a better team in Donetsk and again in Turin, feeling the new power of the Old Lady.
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Apart from Notts County – invited to open this magnificent arena because of their historic links to the club – Chelsea were the first English team to visit. They were steamrollered and it is easy to see how Juve's new home has become a key factor in their resurgence, in terms of economics and atmospherics.
Up to 40,000 pack into steep stands and generate a frenzy of noise amid a bonanza flags depicting black-and-white adopted from County and red-and-green from Italy.
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It is modern and pristine, clinical inside like a private hospital. The dug-outs are shielded by glass with a bench at the front for the paperwork, pens and laptops and iPads and the like to rest upon. It is nostalgic, too.
An enormous club crest with its rampaging bull stares down opposite the players' tunnel and a giant '30' is controversially displayed in recognition of the number of Serie A titles they have won. Two of the 30 have been stripped after a match-fixing scandal but there is murkiness too in the rich history.
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Reminders of those who have worn the stripes are everywhere, begging the question: How have they failed to win this trophy more than twice
Zinedine Zidane, one of the best, was present game to admire the Italian champions, although, in his advisory role at Real Madrid, he may fear them.
If this is not Juve's year in Europe, then it will be soon. The stadium is the only one privately owned in Italian football and produces huge match-day profits. Naming rights were sold for 75 million Euros to a sports marketing company, who have not yet found a buyer.
All of which means the new home is cherished and lucrative and the team builds. Lumps of its predecessor, the Stadio delle Alpi an still to be seen but no tears are shed for the old concrete bowl where Gazza turned on the waterworks in Italia '90.