Juventus v Atlético facts
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Already qualified from Group D, Juventus are looking to clinch first place while Atlético can join them in the last 16.
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Juventus will be looking for a repeat of last season's dominant home success against Atlético Madrid when the teams meet on Matchday 5, with the visitors looking to join their hosts in the round of 16.
• Although Juve let slip a two-goal lead – thanks to strikes from Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi – at Atlético in the opening round of games, Stefan Savić and Héctor Herrera salvaging a point in the last 20 minutes, the Italian side secured qualification on Matchday 4 with their third successive victory in the UEFA Champions League.
• While Juve have ten points, Atlético are three behind in second place, four points ahead of both Lokomotiv Moskva and Bayer Leverkusen, who meet in Moscow. Juve will be confirmed in first place if they beat Atlético, while the Spanish club will be through if they win, or if both Matchday 5 games are drawn.
• Juve ended Atlético's interest in last season's competition with a remarkable second-leg comeback in Turin in the round of 16. Late goals from José María Giménez and Diego Godín in Madrid had put Diego Simeone's side in control of the tie, only for Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus to turn it round on home soil thanks to a hat-trick from Atleti's old nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo.
• The sides were also paired together in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage, when an Arda Turan goal gave Atlético a 1-0 win at their former home, the Vicente Calderón. Koke and Saúl Ñíguez were in the Atlético side, with Jan Oblak and Giménez unused replacements; Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini – who is not in this season's UEFA Champions League squad – and Leonardo Bonucci played for Juventus.
• The second game in Turin ended goalless, a result that meant Atlético finished first in the section and Juve second, though it was the Italian side that went on to reach that season's final.
• Having let slip that two-goal lead at Atlético, Juventus made no such mistake in their second fixture, overcoming Leverkusen 3-0 in Turin. They then beat Lokomotiv 2-1 home and away, but have still now won just four of their last nine UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L3).
• In 2018/19, under Allegri, Juve finished first in Group H ahead of Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys, picking up 12 points. After turning round their tie against Atlético in the round of 16 (0-2 a, 3-0 h), they drew 1-1 at Ajax in the first leg of their quarter-final only to bow out following a 2-1 home defeat.
• Juventus won three of their five home games in last season's UEFA Champions League, beating Young Boys (3-0) and Valencia (1-0) in the group stage and Atlético in the last 16, but lost the other two matches, against Manchester United on Matchday 4 and Ajax in the quarter-final second leg (both 1-2). It is the only time Juventus have ever lost more than one home game in a European campaign.
• Before losing to Real Madrid in the 2017/18 quarter-final first leg (0-3), Juve were unbeaten in 27 home matches in UEFA competition (W16 D11), dating back to a 2-0 reverse against Bayern München in April 2013. They have still lost only four of their 40 European matches at the Juventus Stadium (W24 D12), although three of those defeats have come in their last eight matches.
• Juve have won four of their last six matches against Spanish clubs, home and away. That 2018 defeat by Madrid is the Bianconeri's only loss in their last 12 home matches against Liga visitors (W7 D4).
• Champions of Italy for a record eighth season in a row in 2018/19, this is Juve's 20th UEFA Champions League campaign; they have reached the last 16 or better in 16 of the previous 19.
• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.
• Having fought back to draw with Juve on Matchday 1, Matchday 2 proved more straightforward for Diego Simeone's side, thanks to a 2-0 success at Lokomotiv. Leverkusen were then beaten 1-0 in Madrid, but turned the tables on Atlético with a 2-1 victory in Germany last time out.
• Second in Spain in 2018/19, this is Atlético's tenth UEFA Champions League group campaign; all but two of the previous nine have extended into the knockout stages.
• In last season's group stage, Atleti won 2-1 at Monaco on Matchday 1 before unexpectedly going down 4-0 at Dortmund on Matchday 3 – their joint heaviest European defeat – and recording a goalless draw at Club Brugge. They bowed out in the round of 16 with that 3-2 aggregate defeat by Juventus.
• Atlético have lost four of their last 13 European away games, winning four, although three of those defeats have come in their last five matches (W1 D1).
• Atlético have lost only four of their last 26 matches in continental competition (W16 D6).
• Last season's defeat in Turin ended Atlético's ten-match unbeaten run against Italian sides, home and away (W8 D2); they had won two and drawn two of their previous four away matches against Serie A sides.
• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last ten seasons.
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• Atlético coach Simeone played for Pisa, Internazionale and Lazio in Italy. He helped Juventus lift the Serie A title in May 2002 when he scored in Lazio's 4-2 final-day win against Inter, indirectly allowing the Bianconeri to leapfrog Inter at the summit.
• Álvaro Morata played for Juventus between 2014 and 2016, scoring 27 goals in 93 games in all competitions for the Bianconeri including in both legs of the semi-final and the final of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League.
• Ronaldo played for Atleti's city rivals Real Madrid – where he is the all-time leading scorer – between 2009 and 2018, scoring 311 Liga goals in 292 appearances and winning four UEFA Champions League titles. He scored in the 2014 defeat of Atlético and converted the winning penalty in the shoot-out two years later, also hitting a first-leg hat-trick in the 2017 semi-final. Ronaldo faced Atlético 31 times in all competitions for Madrid, scoring 22 goals (W14 D9 L8).
• Have also played in Spain:
Danilo (Real Madrid 2015–17)
Sami Khedira (Real Madrid 2010–15)
• Khedira was in the Madrid side that beat Atlético in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League final.
• Have played in Italy:
Stefan Savić (Fiorentina 2012–15)
Šime Vrsaljko (Genoa 2013/14, Sassuolo 2014–16, Internazionale 2018/19 (loan))
Antonio Adán (Cagliari 2014)
• Adán made only two appearances for Cagliari, both in January 2014; the second was a 4-1 home defeat against Juventus.
• Oblak was in the Benfica side that lost on penalties to Sevilla in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final at the Juventus Stadium.
• Thomas Lemar and Matuidi were both part of France's victorious FIFA 2018 World Cup squad.
• International team-mates:
Rodrigo Bentancur & José María Giménez (Uruguay)
Alex Sandro, Douglas Costa, Danilo & Felipe Augusto (Brazil)
Juan Cuadrado & Santiago Arias (Colombia)
Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala & Ángel Correa (Argentina)
Cristiano Ronaldo & João Félix (Portugal)
• Have played together:
Juan Cuadrado & Diego Costa (Chelsea 2015)
Federico Bernardeschi & Stefan Savić (Fiorentina 2014/15)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid 2010–14, 2016/17)
Sami Khedira & Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid 2010–14)
Alex Sandro, Danilo & Héctor Herrera (Porto 2013–15)
• Kieran Trippier was in the Tottenham team beaten 2-1 by Juventus at Wembley in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg (2-3 aggregate), Higuaín and Dybala getting the goals.
• On Matchday 4 Cristiano Ronaldo made his 174th UEFA club competition appearance, drawing level with Paolo Maldini's record for an outfield player and moving joint second on the all-time list. Iker Casillas holds the overall record on 188 games.
• Aaron Ramsey's goal on Matchday 4 was Juventus's 300th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.
• Danilo made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on Matchday 4.
• Having found the net against Leverkusen on Matchday 2, Ronaldo has now scored against 33 teams in the UEFA Champions League.
• Paulo Dybala was on target as Juve beat Milan 1-0 in Turin on 10 November to remain top of Serie A, and also in Saturday's 3-1 win at Atalanta – his 200th Serie A match.
• Juventus are still undefeated this season in all competitions (W14 D3), winning eight out of eight at home.
• Juventus's previous seven victories in all competitions before Saturday's 3-1 win at Atalanta had all come by a one-goal margin; five of them 2-1 and two 1-0.
• Ronaldo, who sat out Saturday's win at Atalanta, scored a hat-trick against Lithuania on 14 November and another one against Luxembourg three days later, moving on to 99 international goals as defending champions Portugal booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020.
• Ramsey got both goals as Wales defeated Hungary 2-0 on 19 November to also qualify for next summer's EURO.
• Danilo scored in Brazil's 3-0 friendly victory against South Korea on 19 November.
• Alex Sandro suffered a thigh injury during Brazil's 1-0 friendly defeat against Argentina on 15 November and has not played since.
• Miralem Pjanić was forced off by a similar problem during Bosnia and Herzegovina's 3-0 home defeat against Italy in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 15 November, but played 90 minutes at Atalanta.
• Douglas Costa suffered a right thigh injury during the game against Atalanta and will reportedly be out of action for about two weeks.
• Blaise Matuidi suffered a rib injury during the game against Milan and has not played since, missing France's games against Moldova and Albania. He was an unused substitute at Atalanta.
• Long-term absentees Giorgio Chiellini (knee) and Mattia Perin (shoulder) are not in the UEFA Champions League squad.
• On 19 November Leonardo Bonucci added a year to his Juve contract, committing himself to the Bianconeri until 2024.
• Juan Cuadrado also extended his contract on 21 November, committing himself to Juventus until 2022.
• Stefan Savić's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Atlético have drawn eight of their last 14 matches in all competitions, winning five, with the Matchday 4 defeat at Leverkusen their only loss in that run. They drew 1-1 at Granada on Saturday.
• Diego Simeone's side have kept seven clean sheets in their last 13 matches, conceding only seven goals.
• Atlético are unbeaten in their last ten Liga matches, although they have won only three. The 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad on 14 September is their only league loss of the season (W6 D7).
• Álvaro Morata had scored in six successive Atlético matches before drawing a blank at the weekend and has seven goals in his last nine games for club and country.
• Morata scored as Spain celebrated their qualification for UEFA EURO 2020 with a 7-0 home win against Malta on 15 November.
• Thomas Partey scored in Ghana's 2-0 defeat of South Africa in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on 14 November.
• João Félix (ankle) had not played since 19 October before coming on as a late substitute on Saturday.
• Savić has been out since picking up a hamstring problem in Montenegro's 1-1 UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw with Bulgaria on 11 October.
• Šime Vrsaljko has not played since January due to a knee injury.
• A thigh injury has sidelined José María Giménez since Matchday 3.
• Diego Costa had hernia surgery on 21 November and is expected to be out of action for three months.