In this post tips and detailed review of the first semifinal Juventus - Real Madrid scheduled on Tuesday at 20:45 GMT+1.
JUVENTUS - REAL MADRID
Juventus are arithmethically the champions of the italian Serie A after 0-1 win in Genova against Sampdoria on Saturday.
Turin club hasn't played a Champions League semifinal since the season 2002-03, over 10 years ago.
Facing the actual holders of the title will not be easy, but in any case we expect a well-balanced first leg since Real Madrid hasn't showed impressive performances lately, especially when playing away.
What happened to Real Madrid?
Real Madrid has suffered several injuries during this season: more than the absences of Sergio Ramos, Bale, James, and Benzema, all unavailable in different parts of this season, the biggest lack has been surely the one of Luka Modric who got injured twice.
The importance of the croatian for Real Madrid has been admitted by various opponents too.
Also Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, claimed that in a recent interview.
The first injury occurred on November and Modric stayed out 3 months. Then he came back on March but he got injured again after a month and will be out for the rest of the season.
Are we trying to say that Real Madrid does not have a decent substitute for the croatian in the midfield? Yes, exactly!
Modric has scored only 1 goal and served 3 assists in the current season, but the importance of this player for Real Madrid is when it comes to build offensive actions: Modric is the one who passes the ball to the players who serve winning assists and he also is the one, together with Kroos, that keeps the ball out from Real midfield, the one who gives order to Real manouver, in short.
Ancelotti has tried to substitute him with James or Isco with weak results.
Juventus has a great advantage without Modric...you know why? Simple!
There will be a "free" midfielder who can double the marking on Real wingers such as Ronaldo, Bale and James. With Modric instead, any team should sacrifice a midfielder to mark the croatian
What about Juventus?
In the last Serie A round, Juventus only needed a draw to win the league but, as proved on several occasions in decisive matches, Allegri's team showed the balls and a great character.
The only absence is the one of Paul Pogba, very important player, true, but in our opinion the only essential player in this squad is Carlos Tevez.
Juventus has the qualities to cause problems to Real Madrid and could at least obtain a draw in its stadium, where has only loss 1 match in 54 official appearances and hasn't lost for the last 12 european matches.
What kind of match are we going to watch?
Not a 0-0 match, but surely not a match full of goals.
Juventus has only conceded 19 goals in 34 Serie A matches and only 5 in the 10 Champions League matches played till now, keeping its goal unbeaten in 3 of the 5 home matches.
There are possibilities Juventus scores a goal and considering Casillas has already showed he is not the perfect goalie he was years ago and Andrea Pirlo takes free kicks with a disarming ease, we suggest to bet few £/€/$ on PIRLO TO SCORE ANYTIME (odds 7.50 at Sporting Bet which is currently offering a £/€ 50 Free Bet. Click here to find out more).
Lets take a look at this video: if Casillas concedes a goal from an innocuous free kick like this, we don't even imagine what he can do to save goals against the perfect shots of the old but evergreen italian midfielder.
JUVENTUS: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal; Pereyra; Morata, Tevez.
REAL MADRID: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Ramos, Kroos, Isco, Rodriguez; Bale, Ronaldo.
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1