Juventus v Atlético preview: all you need to know
Reporter’s view (Paolo Menicucci, UEFA.com): Last week reminded us that nothing is impossible in the UEFA Champions League. However, to score three without reply against this Atlético side, you really do need something special. Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps? CR7 has hit ten or more goals in each of his last eight Champions League campaigns, but he has just one to his name so far in 2018/19. Whether it’s Ronaldo or not, Juve must strike early.
Juventus: Szczesny; Cáceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Bernardeschi, Can, Pjanić, Matuidi, Cancelo; Mandžukić, Ronaldo
Out: Khedira (heart), Alex Sandro (suspended)
Doubtful: Barzagli (thigh), De Sciglio (thigh)
Misses next game if booked: Matuidi
Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Godín, Juanfran; Koke, Rodrigo, Ñíguez, Lemar; Griezmann, Morata
Out: Diego Costa (suspended), Hernández (knee), Filipe Luís (calf), Partey (suspended)
Misses next game if booked: Ángel Correa, Filipe Luís, Giménez, Griezmann
Ronaldo v Godín: Frequent adversaries down the years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Godín resume their rivalry in Turin. The Portuguese has come out on top more often than not – as 22 goals in 32 appearances against Atlético testify – yet the Uruguayan had the upper hand in the first leg, silencing Ronaldo and scoring himself. Repeat those feats and Atlético will be well on their way to a last-eight berth.
Where to watch
Last game: Juventus 4-1 Udinese (08/03)
Last game: Atlético 1-0 Leganés (09/03)
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
Press conference scheduled for 19:15CET
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
Tomorrow will be a game between two strong teams. We have to take advantage of any space that we get as we know we’ll be afforded much less than in the first leg. Juve are a very strong side, with very experienced players that are good not just in attack but also in defence. We will have to be very careful.
The first leg is one thing, the return is totally different. There are small details which can be very difficult to explain and can make the difference; this is why football is fantastic.