Champions League Preview: Juventus Aims To Stop Real Madrid

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Ronaldo limps high to nod the ball against Juvie at the Champions League final 2017/theweek.co.uk

The Champions League quarter-final first leg between Juventus and Real Madrid comes up on Tuesday night at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy.

After loosing scandalously (1-4) to Real in the 2017 final at the Principality Stadium in Cardif, Juventus are hoping to get this one over their Spanish rival to progress to the semi-finals.

For Juventus, Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia are both suspended. Claudio Marchisio and Rodrigo Bentancur are in contention to replace Pjanic in midfield while Andrea Barzagli or Daniele Rugani will come into the backline in place of Benatia.

Meanwhile, Alex Sandro, Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic are all injury doubts.

Real Madrid have almost an entire squad to choose from, with defender Nacho expected to miss out with a thigh injury.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said: “This game has nothing to do with what happened 10 months ago [when Real beat Juventus 4-1 in the 2017 Champions League final]. It’s another tie, another match and stage and we have to prepare things well.

“The game is completely different to the Cardiff final. We are not very different, because we are more or less the same players, but since then our season has not been as good as we expected.”

On his part, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said: “We want to build an advantage to then take to Madrid. Therefore, to score and not concede would be the ideal scenario.

“We need to play like we did in the first half in Cardiff (where at half-time the score was 1-1), but to maintain that level throughout the tie.”

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini also spoke about the game: “It was a crucial match for the league but we now face a completely different test. The atmosphere will be electric.

“We are not out for revenge against Real Madrid. We also have positive memories against the top Champions League teams. If you want to go all the way in this competition, you have to come up against opposition of this calibre.”

The match will kick-off at 8:45pm Nigerian time.

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