The reality is that mostly every sign points toward this being Juventus’ final Champions League game of the 2017-18 season. And, as a result of that, this could very well be the last time we see Gianluigi Buffon lead Juventus out of the tunnel and hear the Champions League anthem in the knockout rounds. It’s all possible — all of it.
Because of how the first leg went in Turin eight days ago, Juve now need to pull off quite the feat if they want to see another round of Champions League fixtures this season. They not only need to win, but win by one of the most flattering scorelines they’ve had this season. Case in point:
Juventus could win 2-0 ... and still not advance.
Juventus could win 3-0, force extra time ... and still not advance.
Not exactly what you’d call a perfect scenario, Jack.
But this is what Juve will have to do because of how the first leg went. They were down a goal nearly right off the bat because of their own defensive mistake. They were then down 2-0 thanks to their own defensive mistake and a moment of brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juve made this bed with a roller coaster ride of a performance in Turin. There was some good, but the positives are far from outweighing the negatives.
Now we wait to see what Juventus can make out of this second leg. We wait to see if they can make things even the slightest bit interesting. We wait to see if this really is the last time we see our beloved No. 1 and captain playing in the Champions League for the final time.
What is in store in Madrid is anybody’s guess. Although, I sure would like there to be some good things to enjoy like a certain group of Roman football fans did 24 hours ago.
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Spain; 8:45 p.m. in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Mandzukic
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Asamoah, Marchisio, Sturaro, Cuadrado
Real Madrid starting XI (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Vallejo, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Isco, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid bench: K. Casilla, Benzema, Theo, Lucas, Llorente, Asensio, Kovacic
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