NEWS
Wednesday September 18 2019
Line-ups: Atletico Madrid v Juventus

Juventus look to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado for the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and Diego Costa.

It kicks off at the Wanda Metropolitano at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). They are in the same group as Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from that game and Dinamo Zagreb-Atalanta on the LIVEBLOG.

These sides famously met six months ago in the Round of 16, when Juve lost 2-0 in this very stadium before winning the second leg 3-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

CR7 again leads the attack this evening, but is joined by Higuain and Cuadrado, as Paulo Dybala is again dropped and Douglas Costa injured.

The surprise is the Colombian winger, as Federico Bernardeschi had been expected to start in place of Douglas Costa.

Miralem Pjanic has shaken off a knock to start, but Mattia De Sciglio and Giorgio Chiellini are side-lined.

Mario Mandzukic and Emre Can were left off the UEFA squad list, while once again summer signings Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey are benched.

Atletico Madrid are missing ex-Juve striker Alvaro Morata and Sime Vrsaljko, but it’s a generational shift upfront, with Diego Costa partnering teenage €125m purchase Joao Felix.

Kieran Trippier had been linked with a move to Turin this summer, but instead starts for Atleti at right-back.

Vitolo and Marcos Llorente are benched in favour of Thomas Lemar.

The Colchoneros have only ever lost eight competitive games on home turf against Italian opposition, drawing four and winning 15.

The atmosphere is likely to be tense, as it’s Ronaldo’s first visit since the exchange of rude celebratory gestures with Diego Simeone.

There are also no Juventus ultras from the official groups, as they are boycotting the game in protest at the recent arrest of 12 Curva leaders for blackmailing the club, among other illegal activity.

The referee this evening is Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, with Jochem Kamphuis in the VAR booth.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Koke, Niguez, Thomas, Lemar; Diego Costa, Joao Felix

Atletico Madrid bench: Adan, Arias, Felipe, M Llorente, H Herrera, Vitolo, Correa

Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Higuain, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Buffon, Ramsey, Dybala, Rabiot, Demiral, Bentancur, Bernardeschi

Ref: Makkelie (NED)

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