Saturday March 9 2019
Juve go three at the back for Atleti?

Juventus are leaning towards a three-man defence in the Champions League decider with Atletico Madrid, as Leonardo Spinazzola and Martin Caceres could start.

The first leg ended 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano and the Round of 16 concludes in Turin on Tuesday evening.

Andrea Barzagli limped off during last night’s 4-1 Serie A victory over Udinese and Coach Max Allegri confirmed Mattia De Sciglio is unlikely to recover in time to play.

Alex Sandro must sit out a ban for the second leg, so the options are limited.

Click here to read Elio Salerno's blog on the problems with Allegri's tactics, his Champions League approach and lack of identity.

“I need someone on the wings. It’s tough to see Martin Caceres playing as an attacking full-back, but he is an option in a three-man defence,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“We need to look at the bigger picture and remember the game could last up to 120 minutes, so we need options to shake things up.

“Douglas Costa is available again and we hope to have better luck this time around.”

It’s reported Juventus could adopt a three-man defence with Joao Cancelo and Leonardo Spinazzola as wing-backs.

Spinazzola impressed against Udinese last night and is accustomed to this system due to his time with Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic were rested against Udinese, with Miralem Pjanic and Cancelo suspended.

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