Real Madrid favorites ahead of Juventus clash

Real Madrid favorites ahead of Juventus clash

The only fixture to have been played more in European Cup/Champions League history than this one (21st meeting) is Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid (24 games).

Spanish website, Don Balon reports that Messi now fears for the Ballon d'Or.

Only a spectacular collapse will deny Real another semi-final appearance following their Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired victory in Italy.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his phenomenal recent form with a brace in the first leg at the Juventus Stadium, but Casemiro was outstanding in the midfield-anchor role, keeping the likes of Sami Khedira and Rodrigo Bentancur quiet. "We are playing for our season in this competition".

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegrii: "Our duty is to cancel the 3-0 result of the first game".

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If Ronaldo wins the prize, it would be a stunning sixth Ballon d'Or for him.

However, Bale is expected to leave the Bernabeu following another season plagued by injury problems, with Real planning considerable changes to their squad in the summer. "We are much better in every aspect now, although I can't explain why". The Champions League represents the only piece of silverware on offer for Zidane, and understandably the French coach rested a number of key players, including taking off Ronaldo mid-way through the second half. His last match was against Las Palmas following the global break last month.

Ronaldo has scored in all nine of Madrid's Champions League matches to date this season. "We need to play another great game".

Dybala is going to sit out this game versus Real Madrid due to an indirect card suspension after he was sent off in the second half of their first leg game.

- Ten of Robert Lewandowski's 45 Champions League goals have come versus Spanish opponents (22 per cent), more than against clubs from any other nation. And recently the Spaniard spoke about his idol being his current manager at the club, claiming that he loved watching Zinedine Zidane play. "It was against probably the best keeper from the Champions League area (Buffon), against one of the best defences of the past decade". "The game is long and therefore we will need some balance, but to do it will take a pinch of healthy madness from everyone". "We need to play with this kind of spirit against an unbelievable side".

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