Ten months after claiming their 12th Champions League title with a 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff, Real Madrid travel to Turin for Tuesday’s quarter-final, first leg clash
Cristiano Ronaldo beat Gianluigi Buffon twice in Cardiff
The Madrid star has been giving the veteran goalkeeper some sleepless nights.
The 33-year-old has hit 21 goals in his last 11 Real Madrid appearances and struck a late brace to help Portugal come from behind to beat Egypt in a friendly last week.
“When you play against a team like Real Madrid, taking one player away won’t make a huge amount of difference. Having said that, knowing I’ll face Cristiano Ronaldo will give me a few sleepless nights,” said the 40-year-old Buffon.
Ronaldo has scored in every single one of his games against Juventus
seven goals in five appearances.
“He is also lethal, everything he does is at 100 percent and in front of the goal he is an assassin.”
Paulo Dybala has returned to top form after a hamstring injury
La Joya scored the winning goal against Tottenham and inspiring last weekend’s 3-1 win over AC Milan for 22 goals this season in all competitions.
The Argentinian forward missed the first leg against Tottenham, a 2-2 draw in Turin, with the second leg proving that a game with Dybala in it is an entirely different sort of game.
Allegri faces two major absentees with Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia both suspended for the first leg
Bosnian Pjanic’s absence will be felt in midfield and for his set pieces as he has scored six goals and contributed eight assists.
Italian veteran Giorgio Chiellini and Juan Cuadrado made it to Saturday’s game against AC Milan, with the Colombian scoring on his return after a three-month absence.
Alex Sandro is set to return along with Croatian Mario Mandzukic.
Aside from defender Nacho, Real Madrid have no serious injuries with Zidane resting several top players ahead of Tuesday’s game.
The teams have met 19 times, with Juventus winning eight and Madrid nine
Including the finals in 1998 and 2017. But Juventus were the last team to eliminate Real Madrid, in 2015 semi-finals, before Allegri’s side went on to lose in the final to Barcelona.