Atlético Madrid and Juventus have kicked off in Madrid, fighting for a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals. This will be the first of two legs, and sure to be a defensive battle. But the man who knows how to unlock Diego Simeone’s defensive barracks is Cristiano Ronaldo, and he’s sure to have extra motivation after a quiet Champions League campaign thus far. The full starting lineups for Atleti and Juve are below.
How to Watch Atlético vs Juventus
- Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
- Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
- Time: 3PM ET
- TV Channel: TNT
- Where: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
GK – Oblak
DEF – Felipe Luis, Godin, Gimenez, Juanfran
MID – Saul, Rodrigo, Thomas, Koke
ATT – Griezmann, Diego Costa
GK – Szczesny
DEF – Alex Sandro, Chiellini, Bonucci, De Sciglio
MID – Matuidi, Pjanic, Bentancur
ATT – Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Dybala
This is perhaps the hardest Round of 16 matchups to predict because these two teams are so similar and don’t have a big difference in quality between them. But Juventus have had the better statistical season: they’re yet to lose a game in Serie A, and Cristiano Ronaldo has been as good as they expected when the Portuguese superstar was signed.
Ronaldo has scored 20 goals for his team this season, but so far only one of those has come in the Champions League. The knockout rounds are usually when he catches fire, however, and with a great scoring record against his former crosstown rival, Ronaldo will no doubt be confident about improving his numbers and helping his team reach the last eight.
Atlético’s job will be to contain not only Ronaldo but Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, who alongside Ronaldo form a formidable attacking trio. Diego Simeone loves shutting down great attacks, and he’ll no doubt look forward to stopping Juve over two legs. His team has been rock solid all season and are fighting with Barcelona for the Spanish League title, and in Antoine Griezmann they have a true superstar who can carry his team in both legs. He will have some help up front in the form of Álvaro Morata, signed from Chelsea in January. Morata is a former teammate of Ronaldo and used to play at Juventus, so this game means a lot to the Spaniard.
This promises to be a highly intense defensive battle, but these two teams are talented enough to give us an entertaining, attacking match as well. It’s a fascinating matchup, and one you can’t miss. Tune into this match – and every other Champions League knockout game – live on fuboTV. Sign up now for a free trial.
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