Real Madrid, Juventus Meet Once Again In The Champions League Semi-Finals



Being the top teams in your league means you'll get a crack at the Champions League, and many of the teams that face each other have been doing so for years. Real Madrid and Juventus have met plenty of times in Europe, and they'll do it again in this season's semifinals with the first leg taking place in Italy on Tuesday.

Real Madrid at Juventus – Tuesday, 2:45 PM ET
Champions League Odds: Real Madrid +153, Juventus +196, Draw +219

Real got the best of their rivals from Atletico Madrid in a hard-fought Champions League quarterfinal, beating them 1-0 over two legs and they needed a late goal from Javier Hernandez to do so, and “Chicharito” may have saved his career at Real with that goal; he has started in two games since then. They may have Gareth Bale healthy for this match after his calf injury, but he might not be needed. However, Luka Modric isn't fit and might not be until the final of the Champions League, which his team need to make first.

Juventus also won their tie with Monaco by a score of 1-0 as they won 1-0 at home in the first leg, and unlike Real Madrid, who are battling Barcelona in La Liga, Juve is cruising in Serie A, so they can focus all of their attention on winning their first Champions League since 1996. They could receive a huge boost as Paul Pogba might be able to return to the lineup after getting hurt last month. The midfield trio of Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal could be the difference in this tie, especially with Modric not being able to go.

These two giants of European soccer have met 16 times and it has been almost right down the middle with Real Madrid winning eight matches and drawing one, leaving Juve with seven wins. Their last meeting came in the group stages during the 2013-14 competition, where Real won 2-1 at home and earned a 2-2 win at Juventus. In Italy, Juve have won five and drawn two of their eight meetings with the Madrid side.

Real might feel a bit fortunate to have avoided Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the semifinal, but they're not out of the woods against Juventus, who haven't lost at home in 21 matches this season in all competitions. Real isn't exactly a team that is going to sit back and let Juve come at them in waves and they might just go on the offensive as Juventus will not want to let their opponents score a crucial away goal.

Real's defense has looked a bit lost at points this season, especially since the turn of the year and Juve has a striker in Carlos Tevez that can certainly take advantage of that. Juve also gets an edge if Pogba can play as Real's Toni Kroos has played a lot of soccer since the World Cup with Germany and he could be tiring. If Juve is going to get a win, it has to come in Turin on Tuesday.