Reigning Italian Serie A champions, Juventus would be anxious to break their European jinx against Bayern Munich when they host the German giants in the first leg of this season’s Champions League round of 16 tie.
After shaking off of a poor start to their domestic campaign, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have been in imperious form in Serie A this season and will be looking to replicate this performance in the European showdown tonight.
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The last time Juve got the better of the Bavarians was back in February 2005 when a brace from David Trezeguet earned the Turin giants a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga champions. Since then, the Old Lady has struggled against the well-drilled German outfit.
With both sides boasting a rich European pedigree and enjoying a great era of success, this matchup promises to be a feisty affair as focus shifts to Juventus Stadium.
Bayern Munich will take heart from the fact that they are the only foreign team that has been able to beat Juve on Italian soil in the last 10 years, picking up wins in 2009 and 2013.
After topping group F by six points, tonight’s first leg would be Pep Guardiola’s first European game since announcing his plans to join Manchester City from next season. The Spaniard would be eager to end his successful three-year long spell at Bayern by lifting European silverware.
The game however, is unlikely to be a stroll in the park with Juventus boasting a strong record at home. Allegri will still be missing Kwadwo Asamoah, Alex Sandro and Martin Caceres, although will be expected to field his strongest XI for the match tonight, after resting a few against Bologna last time out.
Nonetheless, the reigning German champions would be looking to get something out of the game and return for the second leg with an advantage, but there are injury concerns, with a weakened back 4 with Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber all missing, causing something of a selection headache for Guardiola.
Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara could make returns to the side.
It should be a cracking atmosphere at Juventus Stadium, with a match between two European heavyweights.
This one kicks off at 19:45 GMT.