Cristiano Ronaldo makes Champions League history with goal against Juventus

04 April, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri ‘finished’ in Italy and eyeing Chelsea job – Reports

"If you think you can eliminate him, you would be being presumptuous as an individual, but with team work, we have got to try to concede little room to Real". Four days later on 21 May, following a 3-0 win over Crotone, Juventus secured their sixth consecutive Serie A title, establishing an all-time record of successive triumphs in the competition.

Real Madrid are in Turin for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, which sees a repeat of last season's final.

Juventus start this tie as underdogs, not a status they're accustomed to considering their domestic dominance in recent years, but few sides in Europe cope better with tactical challenges against supposedly superior opponents. Max Allegri's strategy has proved excellent in recent seasons, and Juventus are flexible and unpredictable, capable of playing in various ways.

"We went to Cardiff with a lot of confidence - maybe too much - and that might be the first and most serious mistake we made in that final", the 40-year-old told AS news.

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The champions of Spain have won their last four La Liga matches to move up to third in the standings, four points behind Atletico Madrid but13 adrift of leaders FC Barcelona.

"We're not going to think about what happened 10 months ago, what counts is what happens tomorrow", he added.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has the chance to play the same 11 against Juventus today that he fielded in the Champions League final in 2017. "It's a completely different story", the Frenchman said in his pre-match press conference last night. They are a complete side and we will have to be very careful with their strong defence but also their risky attackers. "We need utmost focus, especially because if you lose the ball against them, three passes and they're in the penalty area".

"This Juventus side have always been very strong and they are confirming it this season as well".

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