Real Madrid vs Juventus – The preview

By Abdul Basith

October 15, 2018

Venue – Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.
Date – April,11,2018.
Time – 20:45 CET , 00:15 IST.
Round/leg – UEFA Champions league Quarter finals / 2nd leg.

The Madrid club holds an upper hand in the tie after securing a 3-0 lead in the first half, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo for his two goals which include his wonder goal which earned the Respect of Turin. Juventus could hope for a comeback after the Turnover from Roma over Barca, last night. It could help them build some confidence.

Juventus are playing without Dybala, the after-effect of last tie’s Red card, adding Bentacur to the suspended list. In addition, Barzagli and Bernarderschi are out due to injury. While Madrid should defend their Goalpost without their Captain Ramos, because of his yellow card. And here comes the interesting part, Nacho is still in his injury, and Zidane has Vallejo in his squad, and an Experimental mind, these all comes with a 3 goal lead! It is expected that Zizo could bring down Casemiro to play CB and play Kovacic in the CDM role.

If so, then there would be some interesting football in Madrid today! It would also be great to witness the Kovacic-Modric combo. The midfield is not a problem for Madrid, And the attack is Rich with Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward has scored 20 goals in his last 10 Club appearances! And also aiming for a 50 goal season finish, having 39 goals to his name already, and he’s the top scorer of Europe.

Juventus would hope to book a semi-spot, but it is difficult against Madrid, obviously too hard “in Madrid”. A great tactical game both from Juve and Madrid can be expected. The 3 away goals in the name of Madrid is a huge factor which could decide the outcome of the fixture. Ultimately, Madrid is almost into the semi’s and they just wanna play a decent Madrid-Class game to get through!

Expected XI:
Real Madrid
Navas ; Carvajal, Varane, Casemiro, Marcelo ; Kovacic, Modric, Kroos, Isco ; Ronaldo, Benzema.

Juventus
Buffon ; Alex sandro, Chiellini, Benatia, Di sciglio ; Pjanic, Khedira, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Costa ; Higuain.

Predicted Score:
Real Madrid 3-1 Juventus

A Ronaldo Master-class would be of no wonder. The Turin side would try to convert every possible shot into goals. Definitely, No Dybala is a big blow. The defense line of Madrid is weak and that’s the reason behind that 1 away goal. Ultimately, it’s a game that is in Madrid’s hands.

Pic courtesy- Getty images.

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