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Champions League Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Real Madrid

Gabriele Maltinti

Ever since the Champions League draw took place, this day has been circled on our respective calendars. It didn't matter what kind of form Juventus was going to be in, the visit to Madrid was something that has been looked upon as something that could possibly be one of the biggest game-changers — good or bad — this season.

And now, the day, at long last, has arrived.

Sure, the memories of what happened three days ago in Florence are still rather fresh in our minds. Every time somebody has mentioned the Real Madrid-Juventus game, they've basically said something along the lines of "Well, Juventus are a good team, but did you see what happened against Fiorentina?" Or something like "Juventus really blew a two-goal lead in the span of a couple minutes, huh? This is supposedly the best team Italy has to offer...?"

Don't worry. If you haven't heard it, others have. Sounds great, doesn't it? Not really.

That pretty much means Juventus have one thing to accomplish in their trip to the Santiago Bernabéu — shut everybody up. It's time for Antonio Conte and his squad to remind us all just who they really are. And what better way to do it against one of the teams who just so happen to be a favorite to win the whole damn thing?

Put up or shut up time, gentlemen. Show us the team that was around for the first 65 minutes against Fiorentina again, not the one over the course of the following 25.


Juventus XI (4-3-1-2/4-3-2-1?): Buffon; Caceres, Barzagli, Chiellini, Ogbonna; Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba; Marchisio; Tevez, Llorente

Juventus bench: Storari, Isla, Bonucci, Peluso, Padoin, Asamoah, Giovinco

Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Illarramendi, Khedira, Modric; Di Maria, Benzema, Ronaldo

Real Madrid bench: Diego López, Varane, Coentrão, Bale, Carvajal, Morata, Isco