Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Real Madrid vs Juventus Champions league - October 23, 2013

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Real Madrid are sitting pretty atop Group B at present having beaten both Copenhagen (4-0 at home) and Galatasaray (6-1 in Turkey) while Juve managed only draws against the other two sides, leaving them four points adrift of the Galacticos.
Antonio Conte's side lost 4-2 at Fiorentina on Sunday, slipping five points behind Serie A leaders Roma while Real Madrid finally produced a promising performance in La Liga, with the team beating Malaga 2-0 at the weekend. Anyway, Real are not unbeatable at home, a fact proved by their 1-0 derby defeat on home soil against Athletico.

Following his cameo appearance against Malaga, Gareth Bale is expected to play more minutes now. So, with the exception of Xabi Alonso, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has a full squad to choose from, meaning Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema, who both missed the win over Malaga on Saturday with injuries, could return to the starting line-up. Antonio Conte has a lot of injury worries ahead of the Real Madrid game. After skipping the match in Florence due to a missed flight (and Conte's rules), Arturo Vidal suffered a muscular injury that could keep him out. Defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and midfielder Simone Pepe are unlikely to take part in this match through injuries, while strikers Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella are also expected to miss the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored five goals in this season’s Champions League (a hat-trick against the Danes and a brace last time out in Istanbul). The Portuguese star – who was top scorer last season with 12 goals – has now scored 24 goals in his last 20 Champions League appearances.

Possible line-ups:
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Lopez; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Illarramendi; Ronaldo, Isco, Bale; Benzema.
Juventus (3-5-2):
Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Asamoah, Pirlo, Pogba; Marchisio; Tevez, Llorente.

Match Details and Timings:
Real Madrid vs Juventus
Football: UEFA Champions league 2013-14 (Group B)
Match date: October 23, 2013
Kick Off Time: 6:45 pm (GMT) - 12:15 am (IST) - 2:45 PM EDT

Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu - Madrid
Referee: M. Gräfe‎

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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