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Juventus v Real Madrid: 3 Key Talking Points Ahead of Champions League Clash

Juventus v Real Madrid: 3 Key Talking Points Ahead of Champions League Clash

Juventus and Real Madrid meet in a mouthwatering Champions League clash this week in a rematch of last season’s final.

But will this encounter be as simple as last year’s dramatic 4-1 win for the La Liga giants? Or will the Serie A kings finally have revenge of Cristiano Ronaldo and co?

This week’s quarter-final tie kicks-off with the first-leg in Turin on Tuesday night, and ahead of the match, we’ve complied three key talking points, where things could be won and lost:

Weight of history for Zidane

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This might just be the latest in a long line of European heavyweight clashes for Real Madrid but this particular fixture means a little more to Zinedine Zidane, as it’s the first time – as player of coach – that he’ll return to the city where he made his name as a footballer.

The Frenchman won two Italian titles and reached two Champions League finals as a Juve player in the late 1990s, and achieved elite status, before moving to Los Blancos for a world record fee.

The lads at 888sport make Real understandable 13/8 favourites, despite being away from home, but subplots like this one often play a big part in the psychology of these make-or-break sporting events – for players, and coaches.

Perhaps it’s worth bearing in mind before placing your bets!

Ronaldo WILL score

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Deaths, taxes and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring against Juevntus – these are the few known certainties in life.

The Portuguese superstar has banged in an astonishing 22 goals in his last 11 Real Madrid matches in all competitions, but perhaps more terrifyingly for the Old Lady, he’s scored in all five of his appearances against Juventus.

In total, Ronnie has seven goals against Juve, and he is a tempting 4/1 with 888sport to find the net first on Tuesday.

Finally see the best of Dybala?

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Last May’s showpiece final in May is probably a night that young Argentine superstar Paulo Dybala will probably want to forget, after failing to do himself justice on the biggest stage of all.

Almost a year older, the exciting 24-year-old has enjoyed another stellar campaign, and has a point to prove against his next opponents.

His excellent strike against AC Milan at the weekend took him to 22 goals for the season, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised for a star to truly be born on a global scale the J Stadium this week.

He’s 23/4 to score first with 888sport, and 47/20 to score at any point in the 90 minutes – that’s got to be worth a few quid, eh?

 

Who do you think will come out on top?

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