Juventus are all set to battle it out against Atletico Madrid in the 2nd leg of the Champions League in Turin tonight. Will Atletico succeed in knocking out the favorites? Well, it’s highly possible because the visitors got better of the Old Lady in the 1st leg as they scored twice and conceded none
The home side tried their best in Spain, but it wasn’t their day as Los Blancos were on top of their game. The backline of Juventus succeeded in keeping Atleti strikers silent but couldn’t stop the goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin.
Atletico Madrid will play defensive tonight as they already have two goals lead. Also, the defense is the key strength of Los Rojiblancos and putting trust on it might prove right for them. Nevertheless, they should not underestimate their opponents. Because it consists of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala.
All three of them are quite capable of turning the tables around and it might happen if Atleti defenders get sloppy at any point of the game.
Moreover, the visitors will try to sneak one goal inside the back of the net of Juventus as that will completely end the chances for the home side. This can only happen if Los Rojiblancos succeed in creating a phenomenal counter attack.
Juventus are currently undefeated in the Serie A. They defeated Udinese 4-1 in their last game and are 18 points above the second-placed Napoli. While Atletico Madrid defeated Leganes 1-0 in their last La Liga fixture. Los Rojiblancos are currently in the second position with seven points behind the league leaders, Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid have kept a clean sheet in their last three meetings with Juventus in all competitions. Moreover, Los Rojiblancos have won 10 out of their last 11 fixtures in the Champions League.
The two sides have reached the Champions League final twice in the last five seasons. Juventus lost one final to Barcelona and the another to Real Madrid. While Atleti lost both their final against Los Blancos.
In the last season, Atletico were knocked out from the group stage of the Champions League and went on to win the Europa League. While Juventus lost to Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League last season.
Sami Khedira, Juan Cuadrado, and Douglas Costa are all going to miss this crucial fixture due to injury issues. While Alex Sandro received a third yellow card in the 1st leg, which will make him miss this fixture.
Atletico, on the other hand, have both their left backs, Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis injured. While Diego Costa and Thomas Partey are suspended for the 2nd leg against Juventus.