Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (Agg: 2-3): Ancelotti Don’t Know Real Future

MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Juventus beat Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate to book a place in the final of the Champions League. Both teams played to a 1-1 drawn at the Santiago Bernabeu.

MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Juventus beat Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate to book a place in the final of the Champions League. Both teams played to a 1-1 drawn at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Juventus players celebrate making the final

The Serie A champions came into the battle leading 2-1 after winning the first leg in Turin and the knew that a draw would have taken them across the finishing line.

However, they fell behind early after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener from the penalty spot in the 23rd minutes of play to give the home side the advantage.

Juventus pulled a goal back through former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who netted in the 57th minute to even the scores at 1-1 and give the visitors a 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the rest of the game to earn a date with Barcelona in the final.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, speaking on Sky Sports said he wasn’t sure if he’s be at Real Madrid next season.

“I don’t know if I will be here next season,” Ancelotti said. We have 15 days left and two games, after that we will speak with the club.

“We lost the game in the first leg. Tonight we played at our best, we were unlucky we had lots of opportunities but we were unlucky.

“I thought Gareth Bale played better, he worked hard as did the team. We did our best.”

Meanwhile, the win saw Juventus reaching their eighth European Cup final.

“We’re not going to Berlin just to make up the numbers. This final is a massive opportunity,” Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said.

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli took to Twitter to congratulate Juventus on the win.

Balotelli said on his Twitter account: “Congratulation to Juventus football club and obviously more to all the football players of Juve!”

 

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GAME PREVIEW

MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema both start in tonight’s Champions League semi-finals 2nd leg clash between Real Madrid and Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu.

 

After missing the first leg and making a goalscoring return to the team, Pogba is named in Juventus starting lineup as the visitors make just the one change from the side that played in the first leg.

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Pogba, who could be at another club next season if the reports circulating in the media are anything to go by, comes in to replace Stefano Sturaro in midfield. The 22-year-old will play alongside the maestro Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio in midfield, while first leg scorers Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez will again lead the attack. Real Madrid team news also see the home side make one change from the first leg, with forward Benzema, back after a month off due to a knee injury, replacing defender Pepe.

This shift means that Sergio Ramos will move back to partner Raphael Varane in the heart of the Madrid defence.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti stated that the inclusion of Benzema will bring the team other options and he will join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a strong attacking line.

Juventus head into the game leading 2-1 after the first leg activities, but head coach Massimiliano Allegri says his team will not go into the contest just looking to defend the lead.

“We won’t change the way we defend,” Allegri said at his press conference on Tuesday. “This will be an interesting match – from a tactical point of view, we can’t change much from the first leg.

“We will need to be really good to get through this match with serenity. We’ll have to play well, but getting a 0-0 draw will be almost impossible.

“In this kind of game you can’t just think about defending. We’ll have to be much better in possession.

“We’re 95 minutes away from Berlin. Nobody expected this opportunity for us.”

Ancelotti thinks playing at home will give his Real Madrid team the buzz it needs to go and play to make history.

“We are so close to playing in a second successive final and to a place in competition history [as the only team to defend their title in the UEFA Champions League era],” the Italian said.

Ancelotti added they will not try to go all out in search of goals from the opening minute.

“It’s difficult but we will do our best. We must be patient, avoid problems and play with more intensity than we did in the first leg,” he said.

“We know what to expect: Juventus have their own distinct identity and they are not going to change that tomorrow.”

TEAM NEWS
Juventus starting XI: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal, Tevez, Morata. Subs: Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Pereyra, Sturaro, Coman, Llorente.

TEAM NEWS
Real Madrid starting XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, James, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Keylor Navas, Pepe, Coentrao, Arbeloa, Illarra, Chicharito, Jese.

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