Christiano Ronaldo’s lone away goal has left the semifinal tie wide open. A 1-0 win at the Bernabeu in the return leg against Juventus would assure Real Madrid’s back-to-back appearance in the Champions League final. The Serie A Champions won the first leg 2-1 at Turin.
Karim Benzema’s return to the side will definitely add venom to their attack. The defending champions may miss the services of German midfielder Tony Kroos due to an injury he picked up on Saturday. And it depends on Ronaldo’s dazzling array of fiends once again at the big moment to eke out Juve’s challenge.
Veteran defender Sergio Ramos’ tweet quoted the club’s legendary footballer Alfredo-Di Stefano seeking strong support from he home-crowd: “no player is as good as all players together. You are our player no 12.”
After a 2-2 draw with Valencia, Los Blancos’ La Liga campaign is almost over. Carlo Ancelotti’s men can only eye at extending their record of 10 European Championship Triumph this season.
Paul Pogba, new sensation of European football, is set to return to pull strings in the midfield for Juventus. Carlos Tevez’ scoring prowess has been backed by his number of assists to make the Argentine striker a distinct threat this season. Former Madrid man Alvaro Morata, who scored the first goal at Turin, will return to haunt his ex-teammates again.
The Juventus is looking forward to end their 19-year European Championship drought as Ronaldo’s Real gear up to overpower them to ensure an all-Spanish final at Berlin in June.