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Juventus v Real Madrid preview: Real head to Turin without Karim Benzema

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Juventus will be without midfielder Paul Pogba due to the hamstring injury which has kept the French international out since March. Kwadwo Asamoah, Martin Caceres and Luca Marrone are also unavailable for Juventus as they aim to reach the final for the first time since 2003, when they came from behind to beat Real 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, head into the game without France international striker Karim Benzema. The France international sustained a knee injury in the first leg of the quarter-final tie against Atletico, forcing him out of the last five games. Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is also out with a knee sprain and is not expected to play again this season unless they make it into the final.
MANAGER QUOTES:

Massimiliano Allegri: “When you play in a Champions League semi-final, your mind is never completely clear. You play with the awareness of your own strengths, the objective of reaching the Final and knowing you are among the top four in Europe. They [Real Madrid] are an extraordinary squad with so much technique and pace. We’ll need a great performance, two of them actually.”

Carlo Ancelotti: “Juve have always had a strong and competitive team. Winning here is not easy. Having said that, we want to realise a dream after winning the Champions League last year. We want to play in the final again this year, there are 180 minutes to be played, and we’ll do everything to fulfil this dream and achieve that goal. I think the most important thing is to play the best we can, using all the quality that we have. We’re preparing to play attacking football, but we also have to defend very well.”

PREDICTED STARTING XIs

Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio,Pereyra, Morata, Tevez.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Carvajal, Pepe, Marcelo, Ramos, Kroos, Isco, Rodriguez, Bale, Ronaldo.

MATCH FACTS

Juventus and Real Madrid have met in six editions of the Champions League (since 1992), with the Old Lady progressing to the final on the only previous occasion they met in the semi-final stage (in 2003).

Overall, these two clubs have met 16 times in the European Cup/Champions League – Real Madrid lead the head to head record by eight wins to seven, with only one draw.

This solitary draw between these two sides came in their last meeting, 2-2 in Turin in November 2013.

Juventus have lost only one of their last 54 competitive games at home (W45, D8).

Real Madrid have been eliminated in their last three European semi-finals against Italian sides (Juventus 2003, Torino 1992 and AC Milan 1989).

Real Madrid have attempted more shots on target (78) than any other side in the Champions League this season, and 29 more than Juventus (49).

Cristiano Ronaldo alone has attempted 28 shots on target in this campaign (more than any other player) – Juve as a whole have 49.

In no other Champions League season has Iker Casillas conceded fewer goals than in the current term (6), only one of these goals came away from home.

Iker Casillas and Gigi Buffon are the only players from those clubs who took part to the 2003 semi-final and to still be in the current squads.

Carlo Ancelotti has won only five of his 23 previous meetings as a manager against Juventus in all competitions (D12, L6).

Carlos Tevez has scored as many goals in the Champions League this season (6) as he had in his five previous CL campaigns combined.

Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale have scored 92 goals for Real Madrid this season in all competitions, two more than the total scored by Juventus.

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