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Juventus v Atletico Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups

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Juventus v Atletico Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups. EFE

Juventus v Atletico Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups

We look ahead to Tuesday's Champions League second-leg between Juventus and Atletico Madrid from Juventus Stadium!

TEAM NEWS

Juventus

Sami Khedira remains unavailable for Juve after undergoing heart surgery recently to treat atrial arrythmia. Other injuries include Juan Cuadrado with a knee injury and Douglas Costa who is suffering with a hamstring problem.

Allegri reserved some players against Udinese ahead of this clash, so will be able to call on fresh legs. Although Alex Sandro won't be featuring as he is suspended, meaning Joao Cancelo may replace him at right-back.

No doubt that Mandzukic, Chiellini and Bonucci will all feature in Allegri's starting line-up, while Paul Dybala is likely to take his place in the final third.

Atletico Madrid

Godin is being tipped to recover from a recent ankle injury and, after being subjected to late fitness tests, should be available for Atletico. If the captain is deemed unavailable however, it should be Stefan Savic who takes his place alongside Gimenez in central defence.

Diego Costa and Thomas Partey are both suspended the this second-leg fixture having been booked in the first-leg. This will mean that Morata should replace Costa, while Thomas Lemar is likely to replace Thomas Partey. As a result of all those changes, Saul Niguez could switch to a more central position.

MANAGERS' THOUGHTS

Massimiliano Allegri

"Tomorrow we have to be good at reading the moments in the game. "I still need to decide who plays tomorrow. Set-pieces will be very important, who knows, Pjanic may even score as he did in Naples.

"Atletico have won three Europa Leagues, as well as reaching two Champions League finals, and one of the strongest teams in Europe in recent years. Tomorrow we have to live up to this Last 16 tie, and we will.

"In the first leg we had a good first half but then made the mistake of thinking we had escaped the danger after they had hit the crossbar. We have to go onto the pitch playing with aggressiveness and the help of our fans.

"Having Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow gives us a great advantage. Caceres is a great player who gives his all and we know that his career has been a bit stop-start because of injury. Spinazzola is a possible starter but we'll have to see tomorrow."

Diego Simeone

"Tomorrow will be a game between two strong teams. We have to take advantage of any space that we get in the game as we know we'll be afforded much less than in the first leg."

"Juve are a very strong squad, with very experienced players that are good not just in attack but also in defence. We will have to be very careful."

FORM GUIDE

Juventus v Atletico Madrid: Preview and possible line-ups

DID YOU KNOW?

These two teams met for only the third time in European competition during the first-leg of this fixture. Atletico have triumped twice, remaining unbeaten.

The last, and only, meeting between the pair in Italy was in 2014 -  a goalless group-stage match.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Juventus

Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Sciglio; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo

Atletico Madrid

Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Luis; Koke, Rodri, Saul, Lemar; Griezmann, Morata

Olivia Gidman

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