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Champions League 2018-19: Atletico Madrid vs Juventus- Preview, Team News, Key Players & Prediction

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20 Feb 2019, 13:32 IST



Dybala & Ronaldo can destroy Atletico's defense
Dybala & Ronaldo can destroy Atletico's defense

Atletico Madrid is set to host Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The first leg will be played in Madrid followed by the second leg in Turin. Both the European giants will lock horns to keep their hopes of European glory.

While Diego Simeone will meet a familiar foe in Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus must be highly motivated to bring the Champions League trophy back to the Old Lady. Ronaldo will play an essential role in both the legs as the Portuguese has an exceptional goal-scoring record against Atletico.

The Rojiblancos would be hoping to find a way to contain the ex-Real Madrid forward. Diego Simeone would be eyeing to seal the Champions League trophy after their Europa League and Super Cup success last year.

The home side is currently sitting at the second spot in the La Liga standings behind Barcelona. With a rock-solid defense and the home crowd behind them game, Atletico Madrid will make sure that Juventus doesn’t find it easy in the first leg. Simeone has an excellent record in the knock-out matches and Atletico will be looking to make the most of their home advantage.

Juventus, on the other hand, have been flying high this season. The Italian champions are still undefeated in their domestic league while they have lost two matches in this competition against Manchester United and Young Boys. Having come so close in the past to European glory, this year they look determined to bring the coveted trophy back to Turin. The Italian giants need to win the Champions League if they want to engrave their name as the very best. With Paulo Dybala and Ronaldo both in good form, they will finally be looking to end their European trophy drought.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019

Time: 01:30 AM IST

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Venue: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Spain

League: Champions League

Live Telecast: Sony Network

Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)

 

 

Recent form (Last six matches)

 

Atletico Madrid – D W W L L W

Juventus – W W L D W W

 

Head to head

 

Total Matches: 2

Atletico Madrid Won – 1

Juventus Won – 0

Drawn – 1

 

 

Team News

 

Atletico Madrid

  • Thomas Martey or Diego Costa may feature in the starting lineup for this game.
  • Lucas Hernandez will miss the game due to a knee injury.
  • Koke still remains doubtful as he has missed the last four Atletico’s game with a knee injury.
  • Jan Oblak will start for the home side between the sticks.

 

Juventus:

  • Juan Cuadrado will miss the game due to an injury.
  • Miralem Pjanic will join the starting lineup after being rested recently.
  • Mario Mandzukic might start up front with Cristiano Ronaldo, while Paulo Dybala can find himself on the bench.

 

Key Players

 

Atletico Madrid

  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Saul Niguez
  • Filipe Luis

Juventus

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Miralem Pjanic
  • Mario Mandzukic

 

Probable Playing 11


Atletico Madrid– Oblak (GK), Arias, Godin, Giménez, Filipe Luis; Correa, Saúl Ñíguez, Rodri, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa

Juventus– Szczesny (GK), Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, A. Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi, Dybala, Ronaldo, Mandzukic

 

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