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UEFA Champions League Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Real Madrid, Leg 2


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Let's flashback to 2006 for a second. Remember when Fabio Caressa, hoarse voice and all, screamed at the top of his lungs "ANDIAMO A BERLINO!!! ANDIAMO A BERLINO!!!" when Alessandro Del Piero put the final nail in Germany's coffin nearly a decade ago? That was a good day; a damn good day, and one that almost certainly still sticks in the memory of any Italian football fan.

On the club level, Juventus has the chance to say that once again.

When push comes to shove, we are about to watch Juventus' biggest game in over a decade. It's bigger than the first leg in Turin last Tuesday night, bigger than the trip to France a couple weeks ago, bigger than their beatdown in Germany in mid-March. It's bigger than every single European game Juventus has played in from 2004 onward.

Twelve years has passed since the last time Juventus has been in this leg of the Champions League. And that semifinal, well, it just happened to see Juventus beat Real Madrid. Oh, how I would love for that to happen and repeat history so that Juve can write another chapter in this 2014-15 European journey.

The stakes are high. The competition is one of the best in the world. Juventus' defense will be tested as much as they were in the first leg — if not more considering Real Madrid need goals to flip the 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

This is the day Juventus can make history again. Who's in the mood for that? I am pretty sure I am, so come on and join the bianconeri-colored party! Hopefully it's a fun one, right?

What else is there to say? Well, to be honest, I don't really know at this point. So let's just turn things over to Juventus' manager and legendary. I'm sure they have some smart things to say about who they are about to try and eliminate from the Champions League.

Starting lineups for both Juventus and Real Madrid will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Let there be plenty of excitement — mostly of the Juventus kind. Let there be some goals, too — mostly of the Juventus kind. And when the 90 or so minutes are over and done with, let there be the chance to celebrate more good Juventus news on the grandest of European stages. That's something we should never get tired of no matter what year or season it is.


Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Pirlo, Pogba, Marchisio, Vidal; Morata, Tevez

Juventus bench: Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Pereyra, Sturaro, Coman, Llorente

Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale

Real Madrid bench: Navas, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Arbeloa, Illarramendi, Hernandez, Jese