Match preview: Juventus vs. Atlético

Atleti travel to Turin looking to clinch the group

Atleti warm up inside the Juventus Stadium in Turin

Atleti warm up inside the Juventus Stadium in Turin

Atlético travel to Turin to take on Juventus on Tuesday night, looking to secure top-spot in Group A of the Champions League. Juventus however, still need a point to qualify, and will go all out to ensure victory in the final group match of this year’s campaign.

Kick-off at the Juventus Stadium in Turin is set for 20:45 CEST.

After October’s reverse fixture, which Atleti won 1-0 thanks to a late Arda Turan goal, Juventus need a two-goal win or more to win the group themselves, and set up an ‘easier’ last 16 tie against a runner-up from another group.

Atleti only need to avoid a defeat by two or more to secure top-spot, but they won’t be resting on their laurels, at least according to Koke.

“Juventus have some good players in midfield. We saw this at the Calderón even though Pirlo, a great footballer, was missing,” Koke told the press before the game in Turin.

“But we also have strong players. Players who will run and fight. It’s going to be a very intense game, and we will have to give all that we have to get the victory.”

“Every match, we take to the field to win. We have always done so, and it’s what we’re going to do tomorrow.”

“Playing in this stadium, with this atmosphere, is something special.”

The Juventus Stadium has been a fortress for Juve in the league, and a last minute goal in the 2-1 victory over Torino last week was their 25 win in a row at home in Serie A.

The Old Lady are no pushovers in the Champions League either, and are unbeaten in their last nine European games at home.

In fact, Juve have only lost one European game at home since their home was re-opened as the Juventus Stadium.

Diego Simeone knows how dangerous a Juventus team can be at home.

“I expect a great Juventus team. The one from their best times, because they need to play a great game and win to avoid being knocked out of the Champions League,” Cholo told the media on Monday evening.

It’s going to be a big night, and my players will have to respond well knowing the type of match we are in for.”

“Juventus playing at home is a lot stronger than when they’re playing away. They’re so much stronger when they’re playing in front of their own fans. Tomorrow will be a match very different to the one in Madrid.”

Simeone has to travel to Turin without both Ansaldi and Miranda, who are both recovering from injuries. Lucas once again makes the squad-list, after making his debut for Atleti against L’Hospitalet in the Copa del Rey.

It is likely that Atleti will go with the same eleven that started against Elche, with Griezmann again starting on the bench in a tricky away game.

Carlos Tevez, having been rested for the draw with Fiorentina on the weekend, will return up-front for the bianconeri. A point will sent Juve through, but all three could see them go through top. Atleti just need to avoid a heavy defeat, and continue to show the desire to win that Cholo has instilled in every one of them.

Atlético squad-list:
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Oblak
Defenders: Juanfran, Jesús Gámez, Giménez, Godín, Lucas, Siqueira
Midfielders: Gabi, Koke, Mario Suárez, Saúl, Arda Turan, Raúl García, Cristian Rodríguez
Forwards: Mandzukic, Griezmann, Raúl Jiménez, Cerci

You can prepare for the game by reading our one-on-one interview with, and get their thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s big game under the lights in Turin.

  • Arjit Barua

    That new logo, I don’t know if anyone has said yet but it looks epic. Enough so that I’d pay to have that on a t-shirt. Just throwing it out there…

  • Haha you mean the site logo? I’m really glad you like it!

  • I read the other interview “A sit down with Los Rojiblancons” on Juve FC website, and I had some nice discussions with some of the Juventinos there .. great and respectful football fans
    But that doesn’t mean I don’t wish we beat them tonight and Olympiakos win and qualify with us .. and I have my reasons :

    1- They are one of the heavy weights, and if we can get rid of them tonight then let it be

    2- No team managed to win in Juventus Arena in an official game since April 2013 (39 games), when Bayern beat them 2-0 (Mandzukic scored the first goal)
    so wining there will be a great achievement and will give us a huge momentum

    3- While FIFPro ignored Koke & Gabi, they picked 3 Juventus players among the best 15 midfielders in the world for 2014 : Pirlo, Pogba & Vidal, so it will be nice to see them in the Europa League (again) while the (poor) Gabi and Koke are leading Atleti to win the same group

    4- Because the little dirty Madridista who is called Morata

    5- Because I hate Tevez since his famous “RIP Fergie” banner

    6- Because a win will give us an extra one million euro

  • Amr Misir Mukadaffi

    Juventus is very overrated.. They just have 1 decent opponent in the Seria A.. And that’s AS Roma.. All ohter teams are average. Even Galatasaray managed to beat them at home, and played draw in italiy. And even in the Europe Leauge that year, they wiped on Benfica.. No, Atletico can easly get a draw from this game..

  • Arjit Barua

    Yeah! The last one was really good too but i prefer the all red and white. Seriously that logo would look awesome plastered in the middle of a shirt.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I could care less who else goes through but I will say in terms of competition I wouldn’t mind winning against juve and olympiakos losing either. It’s all about atleti