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UCL Preview – Real Madrid FC set to see off Juventus
- Updated: April 11, 2018
Real Madrid FC welcome Juventus tonight at the Bernabeu for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarter-final fixture. The Los Blancos have a very decent chance of making time into the last four of the competition having raced into a 3 goal aggregate lead against the Italian Champions last week in Turin. However, Madrid won’t be taking any chances having seen bitter rivals Barcelona ousted from the competition by another Italian side although they had a 4:1 advantage against the Italians
A ‘triumph for underdogs’ scenario seems to be panning out based on the events of last night’s UCL fixtures where the favorites were ousted by the teams with supposedly lesser quality. The Old Ladies will have taken a cue from their counterparts in Rome and will be seeking to do the seemingly impossible tonight against the Zinedine Zidane led Madrid outfit.
However, Real Madrid’s quality and pedigree in this competition speaks volumes and might just be enough for the La Liga outfit to see off their Italian opponents with ease as they are on the driving seat and on their home turf. The Max Allegri led side will be seeking revenge tonight but will need to score 3 un-replied goals to even out the encounter against a Real Madrid side that parades a red-hot goalscoring Cristiano Ronaldo who was withdrawn to the resting seat some relatively few minutes into the second half of the Madrid derby and will be raring to go, having also hit the back of the net in that encounter.
Juventus were dealt a heavy blow in the first leg after Dybala was sent off in the first leg of the tie. That’s a major limitation for an attack that needs nothing less than 3 goals against the opposition to stand the chance of qualifying for the UCL semis.
Both sides come into this second leg encounters on the back of labored results from their domestic leagues. Juventus played out a 6 goal thriller in a 4:2 win against Benevento, while Real Madrid had to share the spoils in a 1 all encounter against City rivals Atletico. The fact that Juventus conceded twice against a very poor Benevento side should be a major cause for concern as they face Madrid’s ravaging attack with Cristiano Ronaldo looking to set more records in the UCL.
Sergio Ramos will also miss this encounter having received a yellow back in Turin. However, Madrid’s only injury casualty remains Nacho as all others are available. Juventus will be without the injured Federico Bernardeschi as well as Barzagli who was nowhere to be found in Allegri’s released list. Bentancur also faces suspension. However, Miralem Pjanic and Benatia are available for Juventus having missed the first leg due to suspension.
It should be an exciting game of football, although Madrid’s ammunition in attack should be too strong for Juventus in their quest to score many and not concede. The neutrals will hope Madrid don’t find it easy like they did in Turin while Madrid fans won’t mind if Ronaldo scores another Puskas worthy bicycle kick stunner as their side qualifies.