Italian giants Juventus will take to the field against Spain’s Atletico Madrid in a much-anticipated UEFA Champions League clash on a late Wednesday night fixture. The Diego Simeone-led Atletico will host Allegri’s men at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium for the first leg of the round-of-16 fixture.
This season Juventus, who are bolstered by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo are among the favorites for the Champions League title. So far, the Bianconeris have lost just once in their Champions League campaign this season – the loss came against Manchester United in the previous stage.
Last year, Juventus fell out of the Champions League after losing to Real Madrid in the quarterfinals stage, where Cristiano Ronaldo played a huge role for his former team as he scored a brace against his now current team. Real Madrid went on to win the title but now, tides have turned in favour of the Serie A champions. On the other hand, the home side will rely heavily on Antoine Griezmann, who has been in top form recently. The striker also led France to World Cup glory in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2018.
Atletico Madrid has a good squad, their defensive style of play is among the most difficult to break through in Europe but this Juventus side posses a very potent attack. This sets us up for a thrilling fixture.
Head to Head:
This meeting will mark just the third occasion when the two teams meet in any European competition. Previously, the clash took place during the group stage of season 2014-15 competition; Atletico Madrid emerged victoriously 1-0 victory in Madrid, before a goalless draw in Turin.
Recent Form (all competitions):
Juventus – WWLDWW
Atletico Madrid -DWWLLW
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Arias, Godin, Gimenez, Luis; Koke, Rodri, Thomas, Saul; Griezmann, Morata
Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi, Khedira; Ronaldo, Dybala, Mandzukic