Juventus vs Real Madrid fixture is not new for the Uefa Champions League fans. Both sides have played some scintillating ties in the past. Whereas Real Madrid has achieved the success in the competition for the record 12 times, Juventus is still trying to win their third European silverware. The Old Lady of Turin has suffered most (7) defeats in the Uefa Champions League final and their latest memory wasn’t a good one against Los Blancos. They lost 4-1 in 2016/17 final and it’s time for revenge against the Spaniards.
When it comes to final, Juve doesn’t hold a very good rapport but they have done better in a two-leg match. Juve lost last season final match to Real 4-1, but they outplayed the same Real Madrid team 3-2 aggregate in 2014/15 semi-final.
Juve hasn’t done a bad job against the Spaniards. Their win percentage between them marginally divides the two. In 19 fixtures played b/w them, Real leads with 9 victories, then Juve has 8 victories as well. Both teams have scored the same number of goals as well as counting 22 each.
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Any team which can bring a defeat to Real Madrid is Juventus. Real knows it well because their last defeat at knockout stages come against the Turin giants. The 2014/15 semifinal tie must have been washed from the Real mind but Juve needs to acknowledge them of the fact that they can defeat the European defending champion.
They can also boast about the fact that they have eliminated Real Madrid in each of last four two-leg ties. Turin giants have won the teams’ last four two-legged knockout meetings on aggregate. Revenge will be on in Turin. I have no doubt about it.
Juventus only problem is that they don’t have their best squad to play on. Their key midfielder Miralem Pjanic is serving suspension along with centre-back Mehdi Benatia. Federico Bernardeschi is still out injured. Although, they’ll have a relief that Juan Cuadrado is back from injury and scored in his first appearance after the injury against AC Milan.
Cuadrado has also warned Real Madrid as he claims Juve is not inferior to Real Madrid. He said as Marca reports, “The win over AC Milan gives us the strength to face a team like Real Madrid who are a great side but we’re ready and have to play the game as if it is our last. We aren’t worse than them, we are just like them, a great team ourselves.”
The Colombian is right. They’ll have to play the game as if it is their last. Real Madrid has returned to their full strength as their first choice playing XI is fit to play. And, the players from the bench are strong as well to make the difference. Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, and Isco make a great difference from the bench, whereas playing XI is already solid.
However, Juventus do have the players who can make the difference on their day. Paulo Dybala seems to be hitting form once again. He has scored 18 goals in Serie A this season, out of which 10 came in his first six matches. He scored in last 16 second-leg match against Tottenham Hotspur to earn Juventus 4-3 aggregate victory.
It’s revenge time for Juventus. They can’t allow Real Madrid to march ahead again shattering their dreams of winning Uefa Champions League. Their legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon may have his last chance to secure his first Uefa Champions League title. He told Marca, “Real Madrid are a better team than Juventus. This is not what I say, it’s what history says, based on honors and numbers. Against such a situation I think winning a Champions League remains a dream, one which will be very difficult to achieve. We can compete against Real Madrid, but they have shown over their history and over the past few years that they have something special and something different.”
We hope Gonzalo Higuain & Co. is listening to their shot-stopper. He has a dream to win Champions League and it may be his last chance to touch Europe’s most prestigious trophy. No matter, how good Real Madrid is, Juventus need to take their chances to end their long-awaited journey.