Former Juventus star Arturo Vidal has revealed that the Champions League final defeat to FC Barcelona ‘had an impact’ in his decision to swap Turin for Munich.
The Old Lady lost to FC Barcelona in last season’s Champions League finals held in Berlin and Vidal believes that it was frustrating to lose the tie despite possibly having the best midfield in the competition. The Chilean lifted the Copa America following the Champions League loss which has brought him some happiness. The 28-year-old also revealed that he had faith in his team and believed that they could have equalized when they were 2-1 down to take the game to penalties.
I hope Ia ll have more luck with Bayern – Vidal
The 28-year-old moved to Bayern Munich to replace legendary midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger – who had moved to Manchester United in a bid to rejuvenate his career. Speaking in an interview with Bild, as quoted by Football Italia, Vidal said:
a Did we have the best midfield in the Champions League?a
a Certainly with [Andrea] Pirlo and [Paul] Pogba we were very, very strong in that area, very talented and creative. Unfortunately, in the final in Berlin, it wasna t enough.
a I hope Ia ll have more luck with Bayern. It was frustrating, for us at Juve it was a very difficult road, and we really were on the verge of the trophy.
a At 2-1 I was sure wea d equalise and win on penalties. Fortunately winning the Copa America brought me that joy.
Vidal feels he can lift the Champions League with Bayern Munich
The combative midfielder further reiterated that he would like to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich and it was this feeling that pushed him to decide to make the move to Allianz Arena.
a The defeat against Bar a had an impact on my decision to leave Turin, because every player wants to lift that Champions League trophy into the air at some point in his career.
a I have the feeling that with Bayern I can win that trophy.a
During his four years with the club, Vidal won the Scudetto on all four occasions. His decision to leave Juventus comes in light of an overhaul of sorts that has seen many superstars leave the Bianconeri, including Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Vidal himself.. However, the Turin club have made good additions to the squad and will be looking to challenge for the Champions League title again this year.