5 reasons why Real Madrid will beat Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinal first-leg
Juventus will host Real Madrid on Tuesday in a replay of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final. Zinedine Zidane has never lost a knockout tie in the Champions League and will look to extend that record. Trailing Barcelona by 15 points in the La Liga, this is Real Madrid’s only chance of winning a silverware this season.
On the other hand, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are targeting a treble this season. Juventus knocked out Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 (aggregate score) on their way to the quarterfinals while Real Madrid demolished Paris Saint-Germain 5-2 (aggregate score).
Without much ado, let’s take a look at the reasons why Real Madrid will beat Juventus in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals first-leg.
#5 Juventus could be without many of their regular starters
Juventus could be without many of their first-team stars for the clash against Real Madrid. While Giorgio Chiellini and Juan Cuadrado made it the matchday squad against AC Milan on Saturday, Mehdi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic have been ruled out of the Tuesday because of a suspension.
Also, Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro might not recover soon enough to make it to the matchday squad.
Of all the absentees, the void left by Miralem Pjanic is the toughest one to fill. With 6 goals and 8 assists, Pjanic is a key player for Allegri and without him, the Juventus midfield lacks the quality to compete against the likes of Real Madrid. His exceptional set piece abilities will also be missed.
Sandro has been a key player for the club as his ability to deliver a cross from the left has been a source of chances. On the other hand, Real Madrid players are in clean bill of health and raring to go.