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Zidane stumped by Real's Euro-dominance and domestic woes

11 April 2018

But we've also seen it all before in Real Madrid Champions League games: they can be under pressure, under duress and then that "Hala Madrid" song plays on the speakers as a Ronaldo, who had previously been quiet, scores yet again.

"In football and in life you never know what can happen, and to go there and put on a good display even in view of next year would be important". With Cristiano Ronaldo on top form, Real are rightly favorites to progress to the semifinals.

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegrii: "Our duty is to cancel the 3-0 result of the first game". It's another game and what happened, happened. "That will be our philosophy of the game for tomorrow".

"Everyone will tell us we have already won but we are going to have to suffer to go through". The point did little for their top-two ambitions as they remain four points behind second-placed Los Colchoneros, having dropped to fourth in the table.

Alongside Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur is also suspended for Juventus, while defender Andrea Barzagli and Federico Bernardeschi are injury doubts.

For neutrals to indulge in what probably amounts to fantasy, though, there are at least some realistic ways it could get close; if Juventus got an early goal, if Real's defence suddenly looks a bit suspect without the absent Sergio Ramos.

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Under the auspices of three different managers (Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benítez and Zinedine Zidane), the Welshman has made 181 appearances for Real, producing 81 goals and 58 assists.

Keylor Navas is expected to retain his place between the sticks for Real Madrid, with Marcelo and Dani Carvajal starting in left and right back respectively. Del Piero's 42nd minute strike doubled Juve's advantage and put Marcello Lippi's side firmly in the driving seat. None of these sides have managed to overturn a three-goal deficit.

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As regular back-up Nacho is injured, Zidane only has the uncapped (UEFA Champions League only) Jesus Vallejo as his other option and considering the magnitude of the tie, may call upon the Brazilian hard-man to deputise at the back. Over the past two seasons at Real Madrid, Asensio has been huge for the European champions and has only grown from strength to strength at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"We have one final this season".

Zidane stumped by Real's Euro-dominance and domestic woes