Atletico Madrid start the new European campaign against the team that knocked them out of the competition last season, as they welcome Juventus on Wednesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Madrid to face his former cross-town rivals Atletico in the opening round of the 2019-20 Champions League campaign.
Juventus visit the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, which hosted the Final between Liverpool and Tottenham last season, after a goalless 0-0 draw at Fiorentina over the weekend.
Atletico, on the other hand, suffered their first defeat of this term, losing 2-0 at Real Sociedad. They will be looking to get revenge over the Bianconeri in the Group D showdown.
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All eyes will be on the Number 7 of each side – Cristiano Ronaldo, who socred a hat-trick the last time he faced the Colchoneros and his successor as leader of the Portuguese national team – Joao Felix.
Thomas Partey is an injury doubt for Diego Simeone, after sitting out in the 2-0 defeat to Sociedad over the weekend.
Alvaro Morata is back in training, but the encounter with his former employees might come too soon for him, while Sime Vrsaljko definitely remains sidelined.
Maurizio Sarri has a full list of injured players, as the Bianconeri travel to Madrid without their captain Giorgio Chiellini, Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca, Mattia Perin and Emre Can, as they were not even registered to play in the Champions League.
Douglas Costa, Danilo, and Miralem Pjanic picked up injuries in Saturday’s draw against Fiorentina and their availability is under question, with Mattia De Sciglio being out of contention.
Both sides faced each other in last year’s Round of 16, as Juventus overturned 2-0 deficit from the first leg, to progress with a 3-2 win on aggregate thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
They’ve played four times in the Champions League in total, with Atletico leading the head-to-head record with two wins, one draw and one defeat.
The Colchoneros are unbeaten at home since the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in early February, registering eight wins, including one against Juventus, in nine games in the process.
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Juventus has never beaten Atletico in Madrid. They have noted only one win in their last nine away games across all competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo has faced Atletico Madrid 33 times in his career, netting 25 goals in all competitions.
The Portuguese star has played eight times against the Colchoneros in the Champions League – including twice in the final, netting seven goals and providing three assists in the process.