Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Champions League - October 1, 2014

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Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 1 October 2014 - Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid

The current Spanish champions haven’t start this campaign as they did last year as they lost their first European match against Olympiakos by 3-2 and have dropped several points in the Liga and they sit two points off the pace being set by JUVENTUS. Anyway, they have they have recovered domestically the 'Greek tragedy' with back-to-back wins (with a 4-0 away win at Sevilla as last result), but that defeat means they have to get a result here.
Gabi Fernandez is doubtful and he will be assessed on the match day and Mario Mandzukic will play with a protective mask on his broken nose, but Diego Simeone has no other concerns ahead of the Juventus game. Raul Garcia could partner the Croatian international, though Jimenez is another option along with Griezmann.
Juventus are still flawless in the Serie A winning all of their first five matches in the league. What is even more impressive is that they have not allowed a single goal in league play and kept a clean sheet in their CL group-stage opener with Malmoe. Last season Juve failed to book their place in the knockout stages of the elite competition as they were beaten by Galatasaray in the ultimate battle
Juventus will not have defenders Marrone and Barzagli, but Ogbonna, Bonucci and Chiellini are solid players and will show quality. Andrea Pirlo is out but Martin Caceres has made the squad and stands a chance of playing. Arturo Vidal is fully fit and the Chilean midfielder is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up.
In their last 20 matches in Spain, Juventus have just three wins. The Calderon has proved a fortress for Atleti in recent history with five wins and a draw in their Champions League fixtures last season and 17 wins in their past 19 home matches in Uefa competitions.

Probable lineups:
Atletico Madrid: Moya – Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Ansaldi – Gabi, Tiago – Koke, Raul Garcia, Turan – Mandzukic .
Juventus: Buffon – Ogbonna, Bonucci, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Marchisio, Vidal, Asamoah – Morata, Tevez.

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

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