Serie A champions Juventus take on Russian side Lokomotiv in the third round of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening.
Juventus will be looking to register their seventh consecutive win across all competitions when they welcome Lokomotiv Moskva to the Allianz Stadium tomorrow night at 21:00 (CET).
The Bianconeri opened their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid and went on to win each of the next six games since then, including a 3-0 win over Bayern Leverkusen in the previous round of the competition.
Lokomotiv sits in third in Group D, having collected three points from their opening two games. They kicked off their European campaign with a 2-1 win in Leverkusen, as a 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid followed, at their home ground.
Maurizio Sarri’s injury problems continue, with Aaron Ramsey and Douglas Costa being under question mark for the game against Lokomotiv, along with already confirmed absentees Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia Perin and Mattia De Sciglio.
Right-back Danilo has returned to match fitness, but we expect to see Juan Cuadrado retain his place in the starting XI.
— ФК «Локомотив» (@fclokomotiv) October 21, 2019
The visitors also face their injury troubles, as Anton Miranchuk, Jefferson Farfan and Boris Rotenberg are definitely out of the trip to Turin on Tuesday evening.
Grzegorz Krychowiak and Maciej Rybus are also a huge doubt for Yuri Semin, as well as forward Fedor Smolov, who missed Russia’s two October internationals with a thigh injury which also ruled him out of Friday’s league match against Akhmat Grozny.
Talk to the press
Cristiano Ronaldo believes Juventus is more confident this season and suggests the Bianconeri want to complete the treble at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
“I think the team is much better and we are more confident. We play, in my opinion, a different type of football, in attack with more possession,” the Portuguese said at the pre-match press conference.
“My role is similar, maybe a bit freer in the way I feel comfortable and the way I feel good. Step by step we should be Juventus. We have a different coach, a new system, new players and I think we have changed for the better. We are happy.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 21, 2019
“Football every year is a challenge, not for me but for Juve, we want to win of course Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
“I think Juventus should think big, they are a big club and we need to think in a big way. We know if we win tomorrow, we are 50% qualified. We should carry on like that.”
The sides faced each other in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup first round, as Juventus won both home and away, noting an aggregate win of 4-0.
Juventus have won all three home games against Russian visitors, scoring nine goals and conceding only one.
Lokomotiv Moskva’s last trip to Italy brought a goalless draw at Palermo in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage.
The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in the 2019-20 campaign, winning eight of their 10 games across all competitions. They have registered five wins in their five home games in the process.
By netting against Leverkusen, Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 33 teams in the UEFA Champions League, equalling the record of Raul Gonzalez. Cristiano will have the chance to officially break it, if he finds the nets against Lokomotiv tomorrow evening.