Juventus vs. Atlético Madrid, 2014 UEFA Champions League: Time, TV schedule and game preview
Juventus need only a point to join Atlético Madrid in the Champions League’s knockout stages.
Atlético Madrid have won four of their opening five Champions League group games, which is good enough for them to have already booked their place in the knockout stages with a game to spare. Diego Simeone’s side — who were beaten by cross-town rivals Real Madrid in the final of this tournament last year — sit three points clear of Juventus at the top of Group A with a round to spare.
They host the bianconeri on Tuesday, with the Italian champions having failed to secure their place in the knockout stages quite yet. They sit three points clear of Olympiacos in second place, and need only a draw away at the Calderón to progress. However, if they lose, and Olympiacos win at home to Malmö, they would be eliminated and have to settle for a spot in the Europa League.
Key player - Carlos Tevez (Juventus)
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has been in some phenomenal form so far this season, having scored nine goals in his first 13 league games, and three in five Champions League appearances. His ability to dart between defenders and seemingly find the net from all ranges and angles is showing no sign of fading, and Atléti will have to be on their guard if they want to keep him quiet.
Key matchup - Atlético Madrid’s right vs. Juventus’ left
The continued absence of the injured Kwadwo Asamoah pretty much guarantees Patrice Evra a start on the left of Juventus’ defence. Since moving from Manchester United in the summer he’s continued to look pretty shaky at the back, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Atléti tried to target the French international when they break forward on the counter-attack.
Juventus injuries and suspensions
Out: Kwadwo Asamoah (knee), Rômulo (groin), Andrea Barzagli (achilles). In doubt: Martín Cáceres (thigh).
Atlético Madrid injuries and suspensions
Out: Cristian Ansaldi (knee), João Miranda (hamstring). In doubt:None.
Juventus will certainly be without wing-back Kwadwo Asamoah and midfielder Rômulo, who have recently undergone surgery on knee and groin injuries respectively. Centre-back Andrea Barzagli will also miss out, though Martín Cáceres could return from a thigh injury. Atléti will be without defenders Cristian Ansaldi and João Miranda with knee and hamstring problems respectively.
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
TV: Fox Soccer Plus (U.S. – English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. – Spanish), Sportsnet World (Canada), Sky Sports Red Button (U.K.), TV3, TVE La 1 (Spain)
Online: WATCH ESPN, Fox Soccer 2Go, ESPN3 Online-App (U.S.), Sportsnet World Now (Canada), SKY Go Italia (Italy)