Real Madrid V Juventus : UCL Match Preview
After a brutal 3-0 lose against Los Blancos, Biaconneri will be travelling to Santiago Bernabeu to play the second leg of UEFA Champions League Quarter-final fixture. Although Juventus did manage to get a victory against Benevento they struggled to get a proper grip on the game and on the other hand, Real Madrid just managed a draw against their neighbours Atletico Madrid in the all-important Madrid Derby. No team has ever overturned a 3-0 loss at home and with a suspension of Dybala who has been the main crux of the team this season, things will be tougher for Juventus.
● Match Details :
○Date: 12th April 2018
○Time: 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET/12:15 IST
○Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
○TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 (US)/BT Sports 2 (UK)/SonyEspn(Ind)
○Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
●Team News :
With a red card to Paulo Dybala in the late second half in the first leg, Juventus would be definitely missing his service. Bentancur is another man that Juventus will be missing who has given a good performance at the Allianz Arena. Miralem Pjanic will be joining the squad as he missed the first leg with a suspension. Pjanic’s inclusion will be a big boost for the squad as Juventus looked like they had a big void in the midfield at Turin and another big inclusion to the squad would be Medhi Benatia who has also missed the first leg due to suspension. Benatia has arguably been their best defender this season by putting stellar performances in every match. With a three goal deficit Juventus would be going into this fixture with an all-out attacking formation of 4-2-4 playing Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Higuain and Costa as the front four.
○Real Madrid :
Zinedine Zidane would be spoilt for choices as Real Madrid squad is fully fit ready for this fixture. Although Zidane would be missing the likes of Sergio Ramos who would be probably replaced by Nacho who has delivered for Real Madrid whenever called for duty by Zidane. Zidane would be going for a 4-3-3 lineup with Gareth Bale who gave an impressive performance against Atletico Madrid on the right, inform Cristiano Ronaldo on left, Benzema would be operating through the center and the likes of Modrić, Kroos and Casemiro in midfield.
● Probable Lineups :
○Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Mattia Di Sciglico, Giorgio Chellini, Medhi Benetia, Asamoah, Miralem Pjanic , Sami Khedria, Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado, Gonzalo Higuian, Douglas Costa
○Real Madird: Navas, Marcelo, Nacho, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Luka Mordic, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema
○Juventus: W D W L W
○Real Madrid: W W W W D
●Head to Head
○Total Meetings: 20
○Real Madrid Wins:10
●Writer’s take :
Although this fixture looks like it is done and dusted but Juventus wouldn’t be taking this match easy as they would definitely fight for a win and leave this historic competition gracefully so it would definitely prove to be a tactical masterclass as both the managers would be looking to get ahead of each other and probably this leg would end as it started with a draw.