5 major talking points ahead of Real Madrid's second leg vs Juventus
Juventus will try to do what no one has ever done in the Champions League
Will Los Blancos make Gianluigi Buffon continue his career?
All good things, let alone football careers, come to an end. In October last year, Juventus' legendary keeper said that he would retire unless the Turin side lift the Champions League trophy this term. So, with Juve having a really big mountain to climb for the tie to at least head to extra time after being knocked down at home, it looks like the 40-year-old Italian stalwart will continue his decorated football journey beyond 2018 as well.
Los Blancos are going into Wednesday's tie with some serious centre-back issues to solve. Sergio Ramos will sit out the game after receiving a yellow card in the first leg. Given that Real Madrid's first-team central defender back-up Nacho is yet to recover from a thigh-injury, Zinedine Zidane only has Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo available among natural centre-backs. However, the problem is Valejo resumed full training only on Tuesday, with questions regarding his fitness still remaining.
Ronaldo's incredible streak
Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 10th Champions League goal in a row, thus overturning the previous record held by ex-Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. What's really fascinating is that Cristiano's current scoring streak kicked off last spring in our team's brilliant 4-1 win over... Juve. Real Madrid's star now has 15 goals under his belt in this season's edition of the Champions League.
Juve with all guns blazing
Needless to say, Juventus have nothing to lose in the upcoming match-up. Therefore, they are almost certain to deploy a very attacking approach (even despite the absence of their main hitman in Paulo Dybala), which will provide Los Blancos with space to exploit. Juve will find themselves in quite unfamiliar waters and Real Madrid will be most likely presented with freedom they rarely encounter in home La Liga games.
Max Allegri and his team are against extremely unpleasant odds for them: no team have ever managed to come back from a 3-0 home loss in the Champions League. As already mentioned, Paulo Dybala will not be able to help his team on Wednesday, with another creative and dangerous attacking player – Rodrigo Bentacur – also suspended for the second leg. If Allegri does mastermind to overturn such a deficit (hopefully, he doesn't), he surely deserves a statue in Turin.