Juventus V Real Madrid: UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg Preview
After a hard-fought win against AC Milan, Juventus will be hosting the defending champions of UEFA Champions League Real Madrid as both Juventus and Real will be locking horns for a Semi-Final spot in the Champions League. This Fixture would be the 2nd most repeated fixture in the history of the Champions League as they face each other for the 19th time in this competition. History is on the side of the ‘Old Lady’ of Turin as Juventus has never lost a knockout fixture against Real Madrid in Champions League and if they manage to do this again Juventus could become the first team to knock out real Madrid Twice in the quarter-finals of Champions League.
●Match Details :
○Date: 3rd April 2018
○Time: 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET/12:15 IST
○Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin
○TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 (US)/BT Sports 2 (UK)/SonyEspn(Ind)
○Live Streaming Link: www.Ronaldo7.net
●Team News :
With the likes of Medhi Benetia and Miralem Pjanić missing due to a suspension, Juventus bench has got some big boots fill. Although Allegri would be looking to replace Pjanić with Bentancur who has given some really good performances for Juventus whenever Allegri called him on but the replacement of Benatia would be a tricky one as Allegri could either go for Brazagli, the experienced one or he could approach the game offensively and pick Rugani which would be a big boost of confidence for the youngster. Juventus would approach the game defensively and will sit back and try to hurt real Madrid with occasional counter-attacks. Allegri knows that Zidane & Co. likes teams who attacks them.
○Real Madrid :
Zinedine Zidane would be spoilt for choices as Real Madrid squad is fully fit and ready for this fixture. Zidane would probably be going for a 4-4-2 line up as they did against the PSG with the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench and the young legs of Vasquez and Asensio would be on the wings. Although it was Kovacic who took the midfield spot against PSG but this time around Zidane would be looking at the likes of Luka Modrić to deliver in this all-important fixture.
○Juventus: W W W D W
○Real Madrid: W W W W W
●Head to Head :
○Total Meetings: 19
○Real Madrid Wins: 9
○Juventus Wins: 8
Gianluigi Buffon, Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele Rugani, Asamoah, Rodrigo Bentancur, Sami Khedria, Blaise Matuidi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuian, Douglas Costa
Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Luka Modrić, Lucas Vasquez, Marco Asension, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema
●Writer’s take :
This fixture would definitely be a tactical masterclass as both the managers would be looking to get ahead of each other. Looking at the current form, Allegri will try to pull out his tactical substitutions and put the game to rest with a narrow win and probably not letting Real Madrid clinch the important away goal.