UEFA Champions League returns again this week as we get into the quarter-finals, with Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Sevilla all aiming to secure crucial first leg points.
In Turin, The Old Lady will be excited for retribution after they lost to Zinedine Zidane‘s led side in last season UCL final in Cardiff.
Juventus defense line will be particularly on special alert against the in-form Cristiano Ronaldo, who not only has 23 goals in his last 13 matches for Los Blancos and Portugal, yet he likewise has a propensity for scoring against the Italian giants.
Tuesday’s other crucial tie will see LaLiga representative Sevilla – newcomers at this phase of the competition. This will be a considerably harder tie for Los Rojiblancos though, despite the fact that they have had a touch of success against top quality opposition as of late. They took a point from Barcelona at home on Saturday, despite the fact that it will feel unmistakably like a failure to them after a 2-0 advantage and later share the spoils with the Catalan giants.
They will host Champions League stalwarts Bayern Munich, whose boss Jupp Heynckes heads to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on a notable winning streak.
Juventus – Real Madrid
20 – Tuesday’s conflict in Turin will be the twentieth instance of these two sides confronting each other in the European Cup/Champions League. Only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have played against each other all the more frequently (24).
7 – The Old Lady have reached the Champions League semi-finals seven times prior this season. And only The Bavarians (10), Barcelona (11) and Real Madrid (12) have a superior record.
4 – Real Madrid have been disposed of in all their four Champions League ties against Juventus (with the exception of last season’s UCL final), three with the second leg in Italy and just one with the second leg in Spain, the last one in 2015 (1-1 at Bernabéu).
5 – Ronaldo has played five Champions League games against Juventus and scored seven times. Nobody has scored more against the Italian champions in this competition than the Portuguese forward.
19 – Former Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain will be anxious to get one over on his old club. In the event that he scores, the signs will be great, as he has never lost a Champions League game in which he has scored (19).
27 – Juve are unbeaten in 27 European matches at home, a run extending back to April 2013.
- Juventus have won 82% of their competitive home games this season, losing just 4% of them.
- Real Madrid has failed to win 41% of their last 17 away games in all competitions.
- The visitors have seen at least three goals in 88% of their last eight away games.
- Paulo Dybala has scored five goals in Juventus’ last six matches.
Sevilla – Bayern
17 – This is Bayern’s seventeenth appearance in the last eight, an awesome Champions League record to make other big clubs go jealous
12 – German and Spanish sides have met each other 12 times in the Champions League since the start of last season. Bayern has recorded the only win for Bundesliga clubs in that time, while the Spanish team has triumphed eight times.
1 – Sevilla are the only team among the last 8 that Bayern haven’t already played in UEFA club competitions
10 – Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder has 10 Champions League goals from 12 appearances. Only former Inter Milan former Adriano has (11 appearances) achieved that figure faster than the Frenchman.
36.4 – And of the 43 players to have attempted no less than 15 shots in the current Champions League, Ben Yedder has the best conversion rate at 36.4 percent.
11 – Bavarian Coach Heynckes is presently on an 11-match winning streak in the Champions League, the longest any coach has ever enjoyed.
- Bayern Munich hasn’t failed to score away from home since September, but have conceded in 63% of their away matches since then.
- Sevilla has scored in 82% of their last 11 home games in all competitions, but have conceded in 64% of them as well.
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