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Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Can Simeone’s men knock out a formidable foe?

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Can Simeone’s men knock out a formidable foe?

Atletico Madrid travel to Italy tonight to face Juventus and they will be fully aware of Cristiano Ronaldo’s threat.

Two weeks ago, Diego Simeone’s side were excellent as they secured a 2-0 first leg win over Juve at the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin.

But, the threat Juve pose at their home stadium, where they have dropped points in just three games all season in all competitions – is going to hand Simeone and his side a stern test.

The Serie A side have a mountain to climb but Atleti will know that an early goal from the home side could spur them on and with Ronaldo in their side, anything could happen.

Atleti have been weak away from home this term, winning just seven games in all competitions, but their resilient defensive work across the starting eleven is what sees them wins games.

Team News

Alex Sandro is suspended, whilst French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi is one booking away from missing the next round.

Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dybala were among those players rested at the weekend, whilst Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Scigli, Matuidi, Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo did not feature against Udinese either.

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On the injury front, Juve have Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira and Douglas Costa missing, but Emre Can is available.

For Atleti, Diego Simeone does not have Filipe Luis or Lucas Hernandez so it is expected that Juanfran will play out of position.

Thomas Partey and Diego Costa are both ruled out through suspension so in the latter’s case – Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann will play up front together.

Jose Gimenez, Angel Correa and Griezmann are all one yellow card away from a suspension.

Expected XI’s

Juventus: Szczesny, Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sciglio, Pjanic, Matuidi, Betancur, Ronaldo, Dybala, Mandzukic

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Arias, Godin, Gimenez, Juanfran, Koke, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo, Correa, Morata, Griezmann


1-1. We want to see Atleti progress, obviously, but it will be a nail biting affair that Simeone’s men will have to be at their very best, defensively. We have therefore kept trust in the Spanish side and gone for a 1-1 draw.