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Juventus vs Bayern Munich. UCL. Round of 16. Preview

 

23 February 2016, 23:45 GMT+1

Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

Referee: Martin Atkinson, England

 Throwing a glance to the European season, one may conclude that battle Juventus – Bayern is too good for the round of 16. However, the winner of this duel will be considered as one of the main favorites of the competition, as it will have kicked the other main favorite out…

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A throwback. What does the recent history tell about the duel…?
10.04.2013 Juventus 0-2 Bayern Munich
02.04.2013 Bayern Munich 2-0 Juventus
08.12.2009 Juventus 1-4 Bayern Munich
30.09.2009 Bayern Munich 0-0 Juventus

 

The previous meetings of these clubs were during the best seasons for Bayern and the worst ones for Juventus.

However, the historical data does not generally identify the present conditions, especially when both of the teams are grands and the last face to face battle was 3 years ago.

Let’s stick to the present. How’s the season going?

As far as it is absolutely useless to analyze the form from the beginning of the season, we will look at the results starting from the UCL break.

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Both of the teams have not lost ANY game since the beginning of December 2016. Both of them have only one draw in this period.

Moreover, before the last Serie A game against Bologna Juventus had a winning series of 15 matches, which helped them climb up to the top of the table regardless of the bad season start.

The present of the teams is very much similar. Moreover, if you look at the team statistics you would recognize many similarities regarding ball possession, pass accuracy and other percentage numbers.

Both of the teams like controlling the game on the opposite half and create chances via through passes. Taking into account the similar playing style, one will take the lead over the other and try to control the game. Will it be the host Juventus, or Bayern Munich with its endless ambitions?

Special relationships. Which are some of the most interesting connections between the teams?
  • Vidal and Juventus

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Arturo Vidal gained its superstar status in Juventus, where he played for 4 years before joining Bayern Munich. In 171 games he scored 47 goals, which is rather impressive for a midfielder. Now the Chilean international is very excited about his visit to Turin. “I learned much in Juventus, but now I am a Bayern player and I am ready to sacrifice my life for the win”, Vidal told TZ, and continued. “I return to Turin as an opponent, not enemy: I will not celebrate in case I score.”

  • Mandzukic and Bayern Munich

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Mario Mandzukic was one of the brightest characters in the previous meeting of these clubs. During the 2 games, Mario scored and assisted, helping his team go through… Back then he wore the Bayern shirt, now he is one of the key figures in Massimiliano Allegri’s team. However, the Croatian international has just recovered from an injury and his appeal in the first leg match is under a question mark.

  • Paul Pogba and Josep Guardiola

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Right before the clash between Juventus and Bayern Paul Pogba confessed that Guardiola is his idol, and if he has a chance to work with the coach, that would only make him stronger as a player. Is the French international opening the door for discussions on his move to Manchester City?

Probable lineups. Who is likely to play?

Juventus                                     Bayern Munich

Coach: Josep Guardiola                               Coach: Massimiliano Allegri

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The missing players. Who is missing the game?

Juventus à Asamoah, Sandro, Caceres, Chiellini (all injured)

Bayern Munich à Martinez, Boateng, Badstuber (all injured)

The missing players. Who is missing the game?

Juventus à Asamoah, Sandro, Caceres, Chiellini (all injured)

Bayern Munich à Martinez, Boateng, Badstuber (all injured)