The Two European Giants from Italy and Germany lock horns at the Old Lady Stadium of Turin for the first leg of the Round 16 of UEFA Champions League. Former Juventus star Arturo Vidal returns to Turin who played a big role in Juventus’ last season Champions League runner-up campaign. The Italians also welcome young talent Kingsley Coman who is out on loan with Bayern Munich.
Juventus Vs Bayern Munich Match Preview
Both the teams have a big history in the Champions League with Juventus winning the competition in Two occasions before whereas Bayern Munich has won Five times. Domestically, both teams are in great form winning games after games and are clear favorites to crown their respective league titles this season.
Bayern are marching strong towards their Fourth straight Bundesliga title whereas Juventus are battling hard to retain their Serie A Crown.
Turin is a place known for it’s defensive solidity and brutal counter attacking powers and the tie will be a big test for Pep Guardiola and his men who have so far enjoyed a very good Champions League tournament this season.
Current Form and Performances of Juventus
The Old Lady of Turin are without a defeat in their last 14 games in all competitions with their last defeat came against Sevilla in the last group stage game of Champions League. In Serie A, the Old Lady are undefeated in their last 15 games winning a 14 of it in a row, drawing the last game at Bologna.
Argentine forward Paulo Dybala is in sensational form and his formed partnership with Spaniard Alvaro Morata is proving deadly to any opponent. World’s current best box to box midfielder Paul Pogba adds the additional threat to Bayern Munich who should also fear their former forward Mario Manduzukic.
Defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro are big doubts for the important clash while fellow stopper Martin Caceres will miss the tie. Former Bayern Munich forward Mario Manduzukic will also miss the tie.
Predicted Staring XI:
Gianluigi Buffon, Stephan Lichsteiner, Lianardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Patrice Evra, Juan Cuadrado, Caludio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Anderson Hernanes, Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala.
Current Form and Performances of Bayern Munich
The Germans did not lose a single game in last two months as their last defeat came against Borussia Monchengladbach in December. The Bavarians are enjoying a fine form, winning 9 out of their last 10 games and drawing one. In Champions League, Bayern Munich finished the group stage as winners ahead of English Premier League side Arsenal, losing just one game and winning the other Five.
Robert Lewandowski is the man to look at for Bayern Munich as the Polish forward is in competition with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez for the European Golden Boot award. Kingsley Coman is showing his colors under Pep Guardiola and is a strong threat to his parent club.
Bayern have a list of injured players of their own, with defenders Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng set to miss the tie. Midfielder Javi Martinez is also ruled out who is recovering from the injury.
Predicted Staring XI
Manuel Neuer, Philipe Lahm, Mahdi Benatia, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, Douglas Costa, Tiago Alcantara, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski.
Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba
The two young players hold the key to Juventus’ success and are a very big threat to any team on their given day. Bayern must aware of the danger possessed by these two young dynamites or else they will be tested at Allianz Arena in the reverse fixture.
Thomas Muller and Tiago Alcantara
Though Robert Lewandowski is in great form, Munich giants fate will be decided by how the Spaniard Tiago controls the center of the pitch. Thomas Muller is Bayern’s engine and can win any game for his side.
Juventus are favorites against the German giants who are without key defender Jerome Boateng. Although, it is very tough to earn a clean sheet against Bayern and the ‘away’ goal will play a major role in determining the team who will progress to the next stage.