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Preview: Juventus v Atlético

Juventus were "chickens" in failing to muster a shot on target at Club Atlético de Madrid but, with a last-16 spot at stake, Massimiliano Allegri says this time will be different.

Massimiliano Allegri and Claudio Marchisio arrive for Juventus' pre-match press conference
Massimiliano Allegri and Claudio Marchisio arrive for Juventus' pre-match press conference ©AFP/Getty Images

Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus were "chickens" in 1-0 loss in Madrid
Diego Simeone admits he has gained a lot from Italian football
Juventus are on a 25-game winning streak at home in Serie A
Atlético have won ten of their last 11 matches, including the last five
Simeone's side have gone 386 minutes without conceding

Permutations: Juventus (9pts) v Atlético (12)
Atlético are through and will clinch the group as long as they do not lose by a margin of two goals or more.
Juventus will be through with a draw or if Olympiacos do not win. A victory by a margin of two goals or more would give them first place.

Possible lineups
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Padoin (Evra); Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba; Vidal; Tévez, Llorente.
• Out: Asamoah (adductor), Rômulo (knee), Barzagli (ankle), Cáceres (thigh), Coman (thigh)

Atlético: Moyà; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Siqueira; Arda, Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Raúl García/Griezmann, Mandžukić.
• Out: Miranda (hamstring), Ansaldi (ankle)

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
Winning by two goals will not be easy as they don't give you many chances. It's going to be very difficult and we can't lose track of our objective, which is to go through but also to come first as that would allow us to face a runner-up in the draw.

Fernando Llorente and Paul Pogba training on Monday
Fernando Llorente and Paul Pogba training on Monday©AFP/Getty Images

It's going to be a different game [to the reverse fixture]. We're at home and have the fans behind us. Maybe we'll win and it's not enough to come first. It's fundamental that Juve reach the last 16. We've got to try to win but they'll be looking to defend top spot.

[Diego] Simeone's doing a great job and winning the league is not easy when you are up against Real Madrid and Barcelona. Reaching the Champions League final is also a great achievement. He does deserve to win the FIFA World Coach of the Year award, but so do Carlo Ancelotti and the Germany coach [Joachim Löw]. They all deserve it for what they've done.

We lost in Madrid and in Athens and I don't think we deserved to. We were chickens in Madrid, and in Athens we didn't score. We're at home tomorrow, though, and the fans will get behind us, plus we're in good shape. We're playing to snatch first place, they're playing to defend it.

Diego Simeone has been shaped by Italian football
Diego Simeone has been shaped by Italian football©AFP/Getty Images

Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
From what I read in the papers, we're getting better and better – but I think we can get better still. It's a very important game for the final group standings. Juventus can go out if they lose and that makes the game even more intriguing.

I think that my [2010] spell at Catania Calcio was my most important one in Italy because I encountered things there that I had not seen in big clubs back in Argentina. That experience helped me face up to difficulties which help you grow. Here in Italy, it's harder for a coach and I have gained a lot from Italian football.

Tomorrow we will face an atmosphere like a final. Juventus didn't go through last year so it's very, very important for them. We're up against a side who need a big performance. They are under pressure and obliged to go through.

Weekend results
ACF Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus
Elche CF 0-2 Atlético (Giménez 16, Mandžukić 53)

Form guide (all competitions)
Juventus: DWWWWW
Atlético: WWWWWL

Match facts
• When was Juventus's last home European defeat? Find out in our match background.

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