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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: 3 best match-ups in the Round of 16

Subhadeep Roy
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17 Dec 2018, 18:40 IST

#2 Atletico Madrid vs Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

In this match-up, the runaway leaders of Serie A meet the 3rd placed team in LaLiga. Juventus have one of the strongest squads in Europe, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Paolo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini, and Leonardo Bonucci.

They topped their group also comprising Man United and Valencia. Juve would really fancy their chances in the Champions League this time, after having lost in the final twice in the last 4 years. They also have been bolstered by Ronaldo’s arrival, as the Portuguese star has already scored 12 goals from 21 matches for them.

Atletico on the other hand, have been a very solid team under Diego Simeone for the last few years, and would pose a serious challenge to Juve. Antoine Griezmann continues to be their talisman, but they have some other players like Diego Costa, Diego Godin, and Saul Niguez, who are all consistent performers.

Atletico finished second to Dortmund in their group, but their strong attack can really trouble the Juve defence in this match-up. However, Juve would have the edge in this tie.

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