Juventus tough rival, says Real Madrid defender

With all the guessing around this second leg, the Santiago Estadio Bernabeu will be the arena for yet again a second big showdown between these two big teams in European football - a meeting which we hope will again offer the numerous avid football lovers worldwide a festival of good football! Both wingers can and probably will switch between sides during the game. In 1986, 1996, 2003 and 2005 Juve suffered four consecutive losses to the Los Blancos on Spanish soil all ending 1-0 except in 2003, which ended 2-1 with David Trezeguet scoring the vital away goal.

But such was its devastating 3-0 destruction of Juventus in the first leg in Italy that no one doubts it will reach the semifinals where it will be the team everyone wants to avoid.

Defending Champions League winners Real Madrid will be quietly confident of getting the better of Italian side Juventus to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Madrid ace has been substituted by Zidane in five games since the mid-season break, with the coach convinced he needs to keep the aging forward in good condition for the defence of their Champions League title.

As ever you can watch all the action from Wednesday's Champions League games Live & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. They are now four points ahead of second-place Napoli in the Italian top-flight table with seven matchdays left in the season.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has revealed that he has no intention to leave Real Madrid, despite the club being consistently linked with a move for numerous goalkeeping option as a replacement for the unfavored No. 1.
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Today ay the same venue, the Real Madrid Academy coaches - Daniel Rotella and Rodrigo Rubles - will start working with a new set of children. This is where their motivation lies for Wednesday's game.

Real Madrid's talisman landed us a nice [2.4] victor in the first leg and is down to [1.47] to find the net at the Bernabéu.

"It was a harsh result for us but one we must accept. If he plays, all of us will be confident that he can get the job done".

"I need to be on form, performing at the top level". Everyone thought I was mad, and then Bale was 100-and-something, [Kylian] Mbappe 150 or 160, Neymar 220, so I don't see 100 as that much now. The Welsh International believes that he could work on his fitness issue and improve his game-play to become Madrid's first choice winger by next season.

  • Julie Sanders