Wait is over, UEFA Champions League semifinal round is knocking at the door. A mouthwatering clash awaits for the viewers this Tuesday at Juventus Stadium between two European powerhouses of football, Juventus and Real Madrid. Here is the Juventus vs Real Madrid match preview.
Juventus vs Real Madrid Match Preview
Current Form Of Juventus
Juventus clinched the Seria A title this Saturday with 1-0 win against Sampdoria, 4 Serie-A title back to back and 31st Serie-A title in total. They will play Lazio in the Italian Cup final and face Real Madrid in semifinal in this Tuesday. They are still unbeaten in their home ground. They lost only one match in this year Champions League campaign. Juventus striker Fernando Llorente says in his latest interview:
“We can’t defend forever. We have to attack and we know how to do that, People are used to winning the league but it’s not easy. But the Champions League semi-final gives the season greater importance. We know that Madrid have spectacular players up front. There isn’t room for the smallest of errors. You can’t give them any space either, because Madrid are lethal.”
Doubtful: Arturo Vidal
Injured: Asamoah, Paul Pogba
Current Form of Real Madrid
Real Madrid are confident after their 3-2 win against Sevilla in La Liga. They have broken Sevilla’s 34 games unbeaten record at their home and earned precious 3points, which kept them in title race of La Liga. They are 2points behind to league leader Barcelona. But they are in good form, won last 7 matches in the La Liga.
They enjoyed a good run in Champions league, won all matches in the group stages and lost only one match in entire campaign just like their opponent in the semis Juventus. Los Blancos are unbeaten in last 11 away matches and won 8 of them.
Doubtful: Karim Benzema
Injured: Luca Modric
Buffon vs. Casillas
Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas, two best goalkeepers of this generation are going to be face to face again. As a player and person, they are inspirational to all. Captain, leader and legend for their country and club. From 2003-2012, they share IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper between them. Buffon won 4 and Casillas won 5 of them. It will be world class keeping show between those three bars.
Bale, Benzema and Cristiano(BBC)
This factor is going play decisive role in this fixture. Though Benzema is doubtful for this tie, but Ancelotti is hopeful that benzema will return in this fixture. The trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano need to be at their very best against organized defense of Juve. They can possess enough threat for Juventus backline, capable of kill the game by individual brilliance.
Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata
Carloz Tevez is having his best form of life. He is all set to finish Serie A as a top scorer, first Juventus player since Alessandro Del Piero in 2008. His quick thinking, speed and instinct for goal make him a nightmare for opposing defenders.
Alvaro Morata has been a fantastic addition to this Juventus side. He came through Madrid’s youth system and has been part of Madrid UCL winning team last year. The combination and pace of Tevez and Morata in the front will be decisive in this fixture.
In a heated fixture like this defense will be the key to win the battle. Both team have experience defense line but Juve have more organized one. Juventus defense needs to contain the attacking threat of Real Madrid. Both team are quick and lethal on counter attack, so giving space or making any mistake will be dreadful. It will be no surprise if Ancelotti put varane to take care Tevez’s threat. Andrea Pirlo is dangerous when it’s come to taking free-kick or corner, so Madrid needs to avoid unnecessary foul near the 18yard box.
Ramos is one of the key figure for Real Madrid, apart from defending Real Madrid expects distribution, long ball and header from him.
Match: Juventus vs Real Madrid
Date: May 5, 2015
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Torino
Kick Off Time: 20:45(CET/Local Time), 12.15AM(IST)
Paul Pogba is going to miss this tie, which is a big blow for Juventus. But Real Madrid had very bad record in Italian soil, have failed to win on their past seven visits to Italy. But beating Madrid is very tough task for any team, they may concede but they will score too. Without any doubt it’s going to be a great spectacle for the viewers, thrilling contest. So stick to Football Lens while Juventus is taking on Real Madrid in semifinal of UCL.