Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Preview

Atlético Madrid takes on Juventus in the second leg of the champions league after a 2-0 Round of 16 first-leg win and faces The prospect of being eliminated for a third successive exit at the hands of Spanish opposition.

Previous head-to-head: Juventus 0-0 Atletico Madrid, Atletico Madrid 1-0 Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri’s side has scored at least three goals in their last four competitive home games, keeping six clean sheets in their last ten here raises hopes of a shutout.

They have lost only once in 17 home matches this season (W14, D2, L1), that defeat, however, came in the CL to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United this season.

Allegri warned his side of the tough nature of the opponents

“Diego Simeone’s results speak for him, as he was in two Champions League Finals, losing one on penalties and the other he was winning until the last minute.

“Atletico are one of the best teams in Europe and have been over the last 10 years. It’s a marvellous fixture in the Round of 16 and we must be up to the task. I am certain we will be.

Atlético will be a tough nut to crack, and have five wins with a clean sheet from their last five competitive games.

Their 4-0 loss to Dortmund on matchday two this CL season remains only the second time since October 2014 that they have conceded more than two goals in this tournament.

Simeone’s side has struggled away from home in the champions league and have won only once in eight CL away games (W1, D5, L2),

Los Rojiblancos are unbeaten in three tournament road trips against Italian sides (W1, D2), without conceding a single goal.

Missing players:

Juve will miss Alex Sandro on suspension with Andrea Barzagli, Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira, De Sciglio and Juan Cuadrado missing with injuries.

The Colchoneros are missing Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis, while Diego Godin is 50/50 has a muscular problem.

Both Diego Costa and Thomas Partey are suspended, but Koke returns after missing the first leg through a ban.

Players to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo while at Real Madrid was a constant menace notching 22 goals and eight assists against Atlético in 30 competitive matches against Atleti.

Antoine Griezmann (ATL) is on his longest scoring drought of the season (four matches), but still has ten goals in his last 15 competitive club games.

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