In an atmosphere described as ‘eerily quiet‘, AC Milan triumphed over Juventus with a 1-0 victory at the Allianz Stadium, marking the final game of the 2022-23 season. The win secures Milan’s spot in the Champions League, while simultaneously ousting Juventus from the competition for the first time in a decade.
Juventus’ poor performance was palpable, with the team’s struggle to take advantage of their first-half chances in front of the goal. AC Milan, on the other hand, took the lead on one of their few opportunities, and despite Juve’s numerous attempts, Milan’s keeper, Mike Magnian, was rarely troubled.
There was a tangible sense of exhaustion among the Juventus players that was reflected in their performance. After a season marked by unusual circumstances, including a midseason pause due to the World Cup in Qatar, the team seemed mentally and physically drained. Their loss to Milan signifies the third time in the last 50 years that Rossoneri has swept the season series from Juve.
Despite needing to secure a place in the top four, Juventus could not muster the required effort to triumph over a Milan side that, although not exceptional on the night, did enough to secure the victory.
Even in stoppage time, Juventus was just one unintentional block away from pulling even with Milan. The lack of spark and apparent exhaustion of the Juventus team made it clear that the game was far from a thrilling watch.