Match Preview: Juventus vs Atletico Madrid

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TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Juventus and Manchester United at Juventus Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Juventus host Atletico Madrid, as the Bianconeri need to overcome a two-goal deficit if they want to keep their dream of winning the Champions League alive.

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo was meant to inspire Juventus to finally win the trophy that has eluded them since 1996, but the Black and Whites are facing an early exit from the competition instead.

Atletico Madrid won 2-0 in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium thanks to the goals form both Uruguayan center-backs Jose María Gimenez and Diego Godin.

They travel to Turin with an excellent advantage, as an away goal could seal the deal for the Colchoneros.

Team news

The Italian champions will miss the services of Juan Cuadrado, who continues to recover following knee surgery and Sami Khedira, who remains unavailable due to a heart condition.

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested on Friday against Udinese and is expected to return to the starting eleven.

Diego Costa and Thomas Partey are both suspended for Atletico, while Diego Godin (thigh) and Filipe Luis (calf) are injury doubt.

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Former Juventus forward Alvaro Morata is expected to start alongside Antoine Griezmann in the attack.

What did the managers say

Juventus’ head coach Max Allegri has indicated that he is going to make some changes to his tactics and the playing system saying:

“We believe in our chances. Things like 110% do not exist. Everybody will have to be at their best so we won’t have regrets at the final whistle, be that after 90 or 120 minutes. We will have to be intelligent and avoid mistakes. It will be a great game and we will be ready for it.

“I don’t think the playing system can impact the result, we just need to play more vertical with more pace. Ronaldo has so many goals in his feet that it always feels good to have him with us for these kinds of games.”

Diego Simeone is aware that they face strong opponents and knows that Atletico won’t get as many chances as in the first leg.

“Tomorrow will be a game between two strong teams. We have to take advantage of any space that we get as we know we’ll be afforded much less than in the first leg. Juve are a very strong side, with very experienced players that are good not just in attack but also in defense.

“We will have to be very careful. The first leg is one thing, the return is totally different. There are small details which can be very difficult to explain and can make a difference; this is why football is fantastic.”

Stats

  • Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in the Champions League against Italian opposition under manager Diego Simeone (W5 D2).
  • Six of the last seven goals conceded by Juventus in the Champions League have come from set-piece situations.
  • Atletico Madrid have won just one of their last eight knockout games away from home in the Champions League.
  • Juventus have lost their last two games in the Champions League; they have never previously lost three in succession in the competition.
  • Atletico Madrid have had just eight shots on target and scored two goals in away Champions League games this season.

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