Real Madrid will look to maintain their 100% start to the Champions league when they face Italian Champions Juventus at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be full of confidence after they moved back into contention in La Liga by virtue of Barcelona’s draw with Osasuna and their 2-1 win over Malaga.
The clash with Malaga saw Gareth Bale make his comeback from injury with the Welsh winger winning the penalty that led to Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner.
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Bale is expected to feature again against the “Old Lady” while Xabi Alonso has edged closer to a first team return after resuming training following injury although Wednesday’s game will come too soon for the former Liverpool man.
Despite the absence of the Spanish star Real will be confident of getting a result after a stunning start to their European campaign that has seen 10 goals in their opening 2 games. Galatasaray were hit for six in their own backyard in round one before Copenhagen were hammered 4-0 last time out.
Ronaldo has scored five times so far this year and now has 24 Champions League goals in his last 20 games.
Juventus meanwhile are also unbeaten in this year’s edition of Europe’s premier cup competition but unlike Real they have yet to win, drawing 1-1 in Denmark against Copenhagen and 2-2 at home with Galatasaray.
Antonio Conte’s side will head into the game fresh from their 4-2 loss to Fiorentina on Sunday, a game that saw the defending Serie A champions let slip a 2-0 first half lead and suffer their first defeat of the season as a result.
Conte has denied that his side switched their focus to the game against Real after their first half exploits against the Florence side and has backed his side to respond.
“We lost a game that we dominated for 70 minutes. We were home and dry and had more than one opportunity to score the third goal,” Conte said after the defeat.
“I don’t think our focus was already on Real Madrid, otherwise we would have got our overall approach wrong.”
Juventus will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner (thigh) and midfielder Simone Pepe (thigh) for the game while strikers Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella (both thigh) also set to miss out.