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Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg – Real Madrid V Juventus

 

Juventus visit Real Madrid at the Bernabéu for the second leg of their Champions League Semi-Final, with a 2-1 advantage from their game last week. Although they clinched an all important away goal last week, it will be the hosts who are up against it tonight. Both squads are likely to be back to full strength; Carlo Ancelotti should have Benzema ready for this one, whilst Toni Kroos took to Twitter to assure fans of his involvement after he was taken off against Valencia, he tweeted; I’ve just been through the examination. Don’t worry. Let’s focus on Wednesday!” Juventus will be at full strength, welcoming back Paul Pogba who returned to the side with a goal-scoring performance when Juventus rested NINE first team players with tonight’s game in mind.

Benzema

Karim Benzema will return to the XI, what can he bring to the game for Real Madrid? 

The first game was enthralling, mostly because Juventus were so deadly in attack – the fact they squandered a handful of golden chances to take the tie completely out of Madrid’s grasp will be their only worry. A pivotal selection will be whether or not Sergio Ramos is chosen to continue in his central midfield role, which, saw him completely bypassed in the first leg by a strong Juventus midfield. Neither sides are taken anything for granted going into this second leg though, especially Juventus.

Paul Pogba will also return tonight, will his quality help Juve to progress to the final tonight? 

Talking to BBC Sport Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, said;

“We know it will be a very difficult game in Madrid and a different one entirely, a more attacking affair. We passed up four or five decent chances in the first leg. We’ll have to put them away at the Bernabéu if we want to go through.”

Starting XI’s: 

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Isco, James Rodriguez; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Subs: Navas, Pepe, Coentrao, Arbeloa, Illarramendi, Jese, Hernandez.

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal; Tevez, Morata.

Subs: Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Pereyra, Sturaro, Coman, Llorente.

 

The Stats;

Most notably, Juventus are undefeated in their last EIGHT Champions League games, which doesn’t look promising for Madrid. Juventus have also scored at least twice in the last five out of six encounters between the two clubs. There have also been over 2.5 goals between the two sides in their last four meetings. So Juventus seem much more likely to go through purely off the stats, but, can they do it?

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Stuart is Executive Editor (Football) for StalkSport. A Keen writer, watcher and player of many sports. Stuart writes for numerous other web publications, specialising in Sport and Music. His most notable work to date is on the West Ham site IronViews, as @IronViewsStu. He is an avid West Ham United fan.

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