Atletico Madrid is set to host the Italian champion, Juventus in the Champions League Round of 16 at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The first leg will be played in Madrid followed by the second leg in Turin. Both the European giants will lock horns to keep their hope alive of European glory. While Diego Simeone will meet a familiar foe in the face, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus must be highly motivated to bring the Champions League trophy back to the Old Lady. Ronaldo will play an essential role in both the legs as the Portuguese have an exceptional goal-scoring record against the former city rivals.
Atletico Madrid’s biggest challenge in both the legs will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 22 goals so far across all competitions. The Rojiblancos would be hoping to find a way to contain the ex-Real Madrid forward. Diego Simeone would be eyeing to seal the Champions League trophy after their Europa League and Super Cup success last year. The home side is currently sitting at the second spot in the La Liga standings behind Barcelona. With a rock-solid defense and the home crowd behind them game, Atletico Madrid will make sure that Juventus doesn’t find it easy in the first leg. Simeone has an excellent record in the knock-out matches; therefore they would be looking to make the most of this home advantage with the possession game.
Juventus, on the other hand, has been flying high this season with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Italian champions are still undefeated in their domestic league while they have lost two matches in this competition against Manchester United and Young Boys. Having come so close in the past to the European glory, this year they look determined to bring the much-awaited trophy back to Turin. The Italian giants have won the Champions League if they want to engrave their name as the very best. With Paolo Dybala and Ronaldo both in good form, they look to end their European trophy drought finally.
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Spain
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Atletico Madrid – D W W L L W
Juventus – W W L D W W
Head to head
Total Matches: 2
Atletico Madrid Won – 1
Juventus Won – 0
Drawn – 1
- Thomas Martey or Diego Costa may feature in the starting lineup for this game.
- Lucas Hernandez will miss the game due to a knee injury.
- Koke still remains doubtful as he has missed the last four Atletico’s game with a knee injury.
- Jan Oblak will start for the home side between the sticks.
- Juan Cuadrado will miss the game due to an injury.
- Miralem Pjanic will join the starting lineup after being rested recently.
- Mario Mandzukic might start up front with Cristiano Ronaldo, while Paulo Dybala can find himself on the bench.
- Antoine Griezmann
- Saul Niguez
- Filipe Luis
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Miralem Pjanic
- Mario Mandzukic
Probable Playing 11
Atletico Madrid– Oblak (GK), Arias, Godin, Giménez, Filipe Luis; Correa, Saúl Ñíguez, Rodri, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa
Juventus– Szczesny (GK), Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, A. Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi, Dybala, Ronaldo, Mandzukic