Real Madrid beat Juventus comprehensively in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals as a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helped the two time defending champions to an almost unassailable lead in the tie. Juventus had their moments in the game but it was not enough to make any meaningful sort of impact in the tie as they were shut out by Madrid while Ronaldo provided the fireworks in the other end, including a stunning bicycle kick to score his and his team’s second.
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Juventus (4-3-3) Manager: Massimiliano Allegri
Buffon; De Sciglio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Asamoah; Bentancur, Khedira; Costa, Dybala, Sandro; Higuain
Real Madrid (4-3-1-2) Manager: Zinedine Zidane
Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema
- Madrid setup in their usual way in building up from the back as they made use of Kroos and Isco in particular to navigate out of Juventus’ high block. Close spacing between the players made it possible for quick combinations
- Carvajal was a constant outlet on the right and was often found by a switch in play. The close positioning between the likes of Kroos, Casemiro and Isco drew the Juventus block to one side so that the far side was left open. Carvajal promptly exploited this
- Juventus looked to target Casemiro in buildup as they looked to cut off options around him and ensure that they were able to win the ball off him by pressing him aggressively. It did work at times, but Real had cover in behind to stop Juventus from punishing them
- There were a few problems for Madrid in defensive transitions, something that has constantly plagued them this season. They lost out on the ball on a few occasions and Juve attacked the central channels but lacked the incisive edge in the final third to make it count
Real Madrid ran out deserved winners and could have had more if it were not for the crossbar and Ronaldo fluffing an easy chance in the final minutes of the game. It is the second time that Real have comprehensively seen off Juventus in recent times after their famous win in the final last season. Ronaldo once again took the limelight and deservedly so as he grabbed a brace and an assist for Marcelo’s goal. It is an uphill task for Juventus from here on and it is almost safe to say that Madrid can look forward to whom they might be facing in the semifinals this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo once again making the difference for Real Madrid in a crucial Champions League knockout tie. Phenomenal from the 33 year old, his drive on these matches is simply unstoppable.
— Football Bloody Hell (@fbhfootball) April 3, 2018