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Juventus to face Real Madrid in Champions League

March 16, 2018 - 11:27 am

Juventus will face Real Madrid in the Champions League QF’s in a repeat of last years final.

The first-leg is scheduled forApril 3rd at the Allianz Stadium with the return leg on April 11th at the Bernabéu.

Speaking after the draw, Juventus Vice-President Pavel Nedved was cautiously optimisitic on the Bianconeri’s chances.

“These will be two good games, we know that we’ll face the best team in the draw, the team that have won the last two Champions Leagues,” Nedved told Premium Sport.

“They’re doing well and they impressed me in Paris, but we’ll play the first leg at Juventus and we’ll give him a hard time.

“I don’t think the team will suffer like they did in Cardiff, now it starts all over again. It’ll be difficult, we have two players banned, but we’re also starting from scratch.

“Psychologically, they’re more used to just single matches than two-legged ties, and we saw that during the Final in Cardiff. We’ll have a few more chances over two legs.

“We’re going through a good spell: we wanted to be in the condition we’re in for this part of the season.

“We’re feeling good and we’re up and running on all fronts. In this sense, the fact they’re already out of their title race will ensure that they’ll channel all their energy into the Champions League, but we’re ready.

“Dybala and Higuain? They’re two important players, who are doing well for Juventus. Speaking of Dybala, I reiterate that it’s up to him to make history for Juventus and, if he wants, in world football: I’ve seen him in good way lately, he’s training well.”

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    thegutterpoet March 16, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I am pleased.

    Rather than see us given the chance to falter and stumble and get through against inferior opponents we are now forced to play to our strengths and reach out and grasp for our true potential, or suffer horribly! Just the kind of test this side needs to progress, to truly be tested, to stand up and be counted.

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      Dar Black March 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Yes I would hate to scrape through against one of the smaller clubs. If we can’t beat Real in the quarters over 2 legs we would not do so in a final. I only hope we don’t have Khedira playing again. We don’t need an AWOL midfield with Kroos, Modric and co lined up against us. Pretty sure Ron won’t be as charitable as Kane and Son were.

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      Juventino Persa March 17, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Yap, my friend! The good thing is we should either raise up or we are out! Madrid is not Lazio or Tottenham to play that disgusting football and get away with it! If we are about get to the final, I want us to show some balls or not get there at all!

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    Jack Handey March 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    This is not a bad draw. I worry about how our midfield (Khedira-Pjanic-Matuidi) can keep up with RM’s (Casemiro, Modric, Kroos). Ours is definitely inferior, especially with Khedira in there. I wish Allegri would give Bentancur more playing time in the coming weeks so that he could potentially play an important role in this series. Maybe the Pjanic-Matuidi midfield we played against Atalanta is a good blueprint for this series.

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      ML March 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Or replace khedira with marchisio.

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      Juventino Persa March 17, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      well the bad news is …Pjanic is suspended for first match!

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    Jas March 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I am very excited about this draw, so glad we avoided Barcelona. This Madrid teams is much worse in terms of quality when compared to last year, I don’t see how they’ve strengthened in any position this year. They played worse than us against Tottenham and beat PSG under bizzare circumstances. Revenge will be sweet! As long as the squad stays healthy I can’t see us nor progressing.

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    Xx RForcE xX March 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    it is payback bitches!

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    BartWos March 16, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Nice, but it’s a sad that fart from London is not enough for Real…

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    E.Micallef March 16, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I preferred to run back to the UK against any squad. As it is we are facing the best.
    This will be incredibly tough.

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      Xx RForcE xX March 16, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      you gotta face the best if you want to be the best

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        E.Micallef March 16, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        Yeah better than in the final for sure. But on this one I’m cautious. Probably will trip to Spain and follow them there. They will need lot of support but if we go through this will be remembered.

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    Moderator March 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Quite happy with this draw, not for the revenge narrative, but simply because they’re a tough side that will test us to the best of our abilities and would serve as the perfect preparation for the games ahead, should we beat them over 2 legs.

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    ho Hi March 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    My only concern are ths subs of real. Especially Ascensio.
    Not really afraid of Bale or that other guy.

    Good for us,first match is in Torino.
    It will be great games.
    I think we can make this.

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    Phantasm del Futbolista March 17, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Of the truly big fish left (Barcelona, Bayern and Real Madrid) Real MAdrid is our most favorable draw, sure I would have preferred a Man City, or a Sevilla (A weaker side to give our long list of injuries a bit more time); but the most interesting thing about this fixture is that both Real and Juve have been in a slump in form, for the majority of the season. so this tie may very well come down to the brilliance of Ronaldo vs the brilliance of Dybala