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Champions League Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Real Madrid


Denis Doyle

It's not a difficult situation to figure out for Antonio Conte and Juventus. They know what they need to do. They know where they stand in their Champions League group. They know they have the top dog in the group coming to Turin with a deafening crowd noise likely to fill Juventus Stadium come kickoff.

I guess there's really only one thing left to do now, right?

Juventus host Real Madrid certainly aware of the situation. They sit in third in Group B with two points — that's two behind Denmark-bound Galatasaray. Don't believe me? See for yourself!


Visual aids. Take that!

Leapfrogging the Turkish giants isn't the most impossible thing in the world. But to do so, something's going to have to happen — and fast. Three games remain, starting tonight in Turin. While Juve certainly can get back into a position to advance into the knockout round, it's not exactly like they have a lot of time to get back into things — a game against Madrid, a game against Copenhagen and then a game in Turkey against Roberto Mancini's latest venture.

See? It's not all that difficult to figure out. It's time to start the march towards the knockout rounds. Who's with me?!

/sound the feasting horn

Right. I'll get back to you on the last part.

For the time being...

Don't worry, the '3-5-2 vs. 4-3-3' discussion has already been thrown into overdrive. Not that I expected anything different.


Juventus XI (4-3-3): Buffon; Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci, Asamoah; Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba; Tevez, Llorente, Marchisio

Juventus bench: Storari, Ogbonna, De Ceglie, Padoin, Isla, Giovinco, Quagliarella

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid bench: Diego Lopez, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Jesé, Di Maria, Isco, Illarra