The winner of Real Madrid v Juventus heads to the Champions League Final in Berlin. But who will it be?
The Bernabeu is tonight the venue of Real Madrid’s last chance saloon, as their La Liga challenge is all but over. Four points behind bitter rivals Barcelona with just two games left means that the Catalan outfit only need three points from a possible six to ensure League glory.
Both sides drew at the weekend, against Valencia and Cagliari respectively. The tie last proved that Juventus, far from being the whipping boys of the last four, deserve to be taken seriously. They maintained a typical Italian resolute defense, restricting Madrid to just four shots on target and a solitary goal. The Bianconeri also proved their attacking prowess, with Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez scoring a goal apiece.
- Real Madrid have won five of their seven home games against Juventus in the Champions League.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine goals in the Champions League this season (second to Lionel Messi).
- Real Madrid have hit the woodwork six times in this season’s Champions League.
- Carlos Tevez has twenty Serie A goals this season and he has also scored eight times in the 2014/15 Champions League.
- Paul Pogba returns to the Champions League for the Italian side, having scored in his return on the weekend.
Kwadwo Asamoah (knee), Martin Cáceres (ankle), Luca Marrone (thigh) and Rómulo (groin) have been ruled out of Max Allegri’s side. Midfield duo Luka Modrić (knee) and Sami Khedira (foot) are absent for the current holders.
Real Madrid have won 21 of their 27 home games this season, and are unbeaten in their last seven. The Galacticos have won four of the last five meetings in Madrid between the two sides, and have lost only two home games in 2014/15. Juve have won only three of their last six matches, and are definitely there for the taking. Madrid to set up an El Clasico Grand Finale.
Selection: Real Madrid to win @ 4/6
It’s tough envisioning the Italians pulling off an away win, although they are well equipped to snatch a draw. They’ve kept five clean sheets in their last seven games, while Madrid have drawn three of their home games in 2015.
Selection: Draw @ 10/3
A surprisingly feasible scenario, considering the price available. The Turin side scored first in last week’s match, and Alvaro Morata has scored three goals in his last five Champions League games. If they were to go in one goal up at half time, Real would be forced to throw down the gauntlet. They would require at least two unanswered goals in the second half to stay in the tie, which Ronaldo, Rodriguez and co. are more than capable of achieving.