In one of the picks of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches, Atletico Madrid and Juventus will face off against each other for the very first time in the knockout stages of this competition with Los Colchoneros hosting the Bianconeri in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Los Rojiblancos qualified to the knockout stages of the Champions League after finishing runners up to Borussia Dortmund in Group A. Diego Simeone and his men are still in the hunt for the La Liga, but it will be the Champions League glory that the Argentine will be craving for after twice getting beaten in the finals in the last 4 years.
One of the hot favourites to win the Champions League, Juventus have come out all guns blazing this season. The Bianconeri is still unbeaten in the Serie A while losing just twice this whole season, with one of them coming in the Champions League against Manchester United at the Allianz Stadium. The presence of Champions League all-time goal scorers and the man for the knockout stages, Cristiano Ronaldo, is sure to ooze confidence into the Bianconeri supporters.
Date: 20th February 2019
Time: 21:00 (local time), 01:30 (IST)
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano
Referee: Felix Zwayer
The last 5 competitive fixtures
Atletico Madrid: W-L-L-W-W
Head to Head
Atletico Madrid - 2 wins
Juventus - 4 wins
Draw - 1
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League knockout stage matches at home. Diego Simeone is unbeaten against Italian opponents since taking over Atletico Madrid.
Only Atletico Madrid have conceded fewer shots on target inside their own penalty box than Juventus.
Juventus have the dubious record of losing the most number of Champions League finals while Atletico Madrid has the dubious record of losing the most number of Champions League finals without ever winning one.
The French World Cup winner, Griezmann has been pivotal for the Rojiblancos this season with the forward having been directly involved in 67% of all Atletico Madrid goals in the Champions League.
The all-time leading goal scorer in the Champions League has found it a bit frustrating in the group stages with a single goal in his 5 appearances. The Portuguese striker though has been the man to look out for in the knockout stages and the Bianconeri will hope that the 5-time Champions League winner can power them past his old foes.Published 20 Feb 2019, 08:15 IST