• Champions League

Mancini predicts Juve’s comeback against Atletico Madrid

Getty Images
Ad

Juventus will mount a genuine comeback against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, according to Italian manager Roberto Mancini.

Juve face a daunting challenge in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Atleti, having lost 2-0 away to the Spaniards.

But Mancini believes the Bianconeri have the quality to still reach the quarter-finals citing their exploits against Real Madrid last season.

“They did from 3-0 down at home to Real Madrid last season.”

“Juve-Atletico? They know it’ll be a difficult game,” the Italy boss told Football Italia via Tiki Taka.

“There’s no magic formula for the comeback, but Juve are an experienced team and they came back from 3-0 down at home to Real Madrid last season.

“Perhaps Ronaldo isn’t doing in the Champions League what he’s done in the past, but he’s always achieved important things.

“He’s doing well in Serie A. I think at his level, it’s hard anywhere. The League in Italy is as difficult as it is in England and a little less so in Spain, but for me, he’s having a good season.

“Simeone? He had great character as a player and he’s made his team very difficult to face. They also annoy you in certain situations at home.

“His gesture? It was in poor taste, but I think he was the first to know that and he apologised.”

Allegri’s men maintained their lead at the summit of the Serie A with a 1-0 win against Bologna.

Loading