Zinedine Zidane’s men play hosts to the Italian league leaders Juventus after putting one foot in the semi-final with an excellent display at the Juventus Stadium last week.
Cristiano Ronaldo once again stole the headlines last week with yet another brace. Marcelo scored the final goal of the game to make it a comfortable 3-0 score line in the end.
Juventus now have an almost impossible task on their hands of overturning the three goal deficit at Santiago Bernebeu.
Will the Bianconeri have their revenge and ultimately overturn the huge deficit or will Los Blancos march on to their 8th consecutive semi-final?
In this preview, we will take a look at records and form of both sides, injuries, suspensions, potential lineups, the danger men and possible outcome of the 20th meeting between the two sides.
RECORDS AND FORM
The away form of Juventus has been excellent this season. They have only lost once, scored 37 and have conceded a total of 13 goals in 16 games (13W 2D) making them the team with the best away record in the Italian top flight.
Their away record in the CL so far stands at 2 victories and 1 draws and a 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona.
They have managed to find the net on 5 occasions and conceded the same amount Juventus managed to beat Tottenham the last time they played at home in the CL.
The Italian side had their backs on the wall after drawing 2-2 in the first leg but in the end silenced the Spurs fans at Wembley with a 2-1 win.
The latest one was against Real Madrid last week.Gonzalo Higuain canceled out Son Heung Min’s first half strike and Paulo Dybala completed the comeback to help his side advance.
One thing that will give their players confidence ahead of the tie is that although they have lost to Real Madrid in two Champions League finals and as recently as last week, they have beaten the Spanish side in every other two legged knockout ties they have been in (4 times).
The last one was the 2015 semi-final where Juventus achieved a 3-2 aggregate victory. The Old Ladies have a decent record in two legged ties against Spanish opposition overall with 9 victories coming their way and 6 defeats.
Max Allegri will hope that his men come out on top in this fixture and make their 18th European Cup quarter-final appearance a memorable one.
Their goal tally on that run currently stands at 45 with 18 conceded. Their record at home in the Champions League this campaign stands at 3 victories and one draw with a total of 10 goals scored and 4 goals conceded.
Zinedine Zidane’s side got to this stage by beating PSG 3-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo. The return leg at the Parc De Princes ended in a 2-1 score line.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro got the goals. Los Blancos have now reached this stage of the competition for a record 35th time, winning 28 and losing 6.
In their past 32 matches in all competitions, Real Madrid have lost four times (21W 7D). Their most recent loss came at the hands of Espanyol in February. Real Madrid have won 10 times and drawn twice in 20 meetings with the Old Ladies.
The Spanish club will find confidence in the fact that they have never been knocked out of the CL since 2015 and they have managed to advance to the semis for 7 consecutive seasons.
The defending champions will also find solace in the fact that they have won their last six fixtures against Italian opposition and have only lost once to a Serie A opponent in their last 13 encounters.
They also have a huge advantage after that 3-0 away win at the Juventus stadium last week and that will give them huge confidence ahead of this tie.
Real Madrid will no doubt look to avoid a comeback today in their bid to be the first to win the UEFA Champions League for three consecutive seasons.
INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND POSSIBLE LINEUPS
Real Madrid will be without Sergio Ramos for this game due to the suspension he picked up in the first leg. Nacho Fernandez and Jesus Vallejo are major doubts due to injury.
Frederico Bernadeschi is a doubt in this fixture after injury ruled him out of the first leg. Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur are suspended.
Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Casemiro, Marcelo, Kovacic, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
Juventus XI: Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro, Matuidi, Khedira, Pjanic, Douglas Costa, Higuain, Mario Mandzukic
Los Blancos will once again rely on the goal scoring prowess of the Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
He is currently the leading goal scorer in this competition this season with 14 strikes in 9 fixtures. On the side of the Bianconeri, Max Allegri will put his hopes on the finishing prowess of Gonzalo Higuain to make the almost impossible comeback.
Pipita has been involved in a total of 29 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions this season (22 goals 7 assists). He will hope to make it goal number 23 for the season today.
Juventus may have Miralem Pjanic and Mehdi Benatia back in the side, but the suspension of Paulo Dybala will prove detrimental to any faint hopes they had of pulling a comeback. I expected the Spanish club to add more insult to injury today with a win.