Juventus v Atlético background

Juventus host Group A leaders Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday six looking to take the final step towards qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Fernando Llorente tries to hold off Diego Godín during Juventus's matchday two defeat in Spain
Fernando Llorente tries to hold off Diego Godín during Juventus's matchday two defeat in Spain ©AFP/Getty Images

Juventus host Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday six looking to take the final step towards qualification for the last 16.

• The Bianconeri have a three-point advantage over third-placed Olympiacos FC and will be guaranteed progress with a draw. To qualify as group winners – leapfrogging Atlético in the process – they need to beat the Spanish side by a margin of two goals or more.

• Atlético are already through and their 1-0 home win against Juventus on matchday two means they can afford to lose by a single goal and still clinch top spot.

Match background

Juventus
• Juventus are unbeaten in nine home matches in UEFA competition, including the Group A victories over Malmö FF (2-0) and Olympiacos (3-2).

• Overall, the Bianconeri have lost just one of 14 European home fixtures at the redeveloped Juventus Stadium (W8 D5 L1).

• Juventus have an excellent record in 20 previous meetings with Spanish visitors: W12 D6 L2.

• Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio played in Juve's last home success over Liga opposition – 2-1 against Real Madrid CF in the 2008/09 group stage.

Atlético
• Atlético have won five of their last eight UEFA Champions League away games, including a 2-0 triumph at Malmö on matchday four.

• Atlético's away record against Serie A clubs is W4 D1 L4. This includes a 1-0 victory at AC Milan in last season's round of 16.

• Gabi, Diego Godín, Juanfran, Mario Suárez, Koke, Miranda and substitute Arda Turan all played when Atlético won 3-1 at SS Lazio in the round of 32 of their triumphant 2011/12 UEFA Europa League campaign.

Coach and player links
• Diego Simeone spent eight seasons in Serie A, playing for Pisa Calcio (1990–92, 55 Serie A appearances/6 goals), FC Internazionale Milano (1997–99; 57/11) and Lazio (1999–2003, 90/15).

• Simeone helped Juventus lift the Serie A title in May 2002 when he scored for Lazio in a 4-2 final-day win against Inter that allowed the Bianconeri to leapfrog the Nerazzurri at the summit.

• His playing record against Juventus was W4 D2 L1.

• Simeone's Calcio Catania side scored two late goals (81, 90+5) to rescue a 2-2 draw away to Juventus in April 2011.

• As Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri won one of 12 matches against Spanish clubs in the UEFA Champions League – a 2-0 first-leg success against FC Barcelona in the 2012/13 round of 16 (2-4 aggregate).

• His home record against Spanish opposition with Milan was W1 D4 L2.

• Juve's Álvaro Morata was a 79th-minute substitute in Real Madrid's 4-1 UEFA Champions League final win over Atlético in May. He played in four Madrid derbies overall (W3 L1).

• Morata spent two years in Atlético's youth ranks from the age of 12 and was a ball boy at the Vicente Calderón. He moved on to Getafe CF and then Madrid (37 Liga appearances, 10 goals).

• Tiago made 42 Serie A outings for Juventus (2007–10).

• Diego Godín's goal earned Uruguay the 1-0 win over Italy that eliminated the Azzurri from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Also playing were Cristian Rodríguez and Martín Cáceres (Uruguay); Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Chiellini, Andrea Pirlo and the red-carded Marchisio (Italy).

• Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra and Antoine Griezmann helped France beat Koke and Raúl García's Spain 1-0 in a friendly on 4 September.

• Mario Mandžukić helped Croatia earn a 1-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw against Italy at San Siro on 16 November. Buffon, Chiellini and Marchisio were in the Azzurri side.

• Mandžukić scored in FC Bayern München's 2-0 UEFA Champions League quarter-final victory at Juventus in 2012/13 (4-0 aggregate), Juve's only home European defeat at the Juventus Stadium.

• In two seasons with Torino FC (2012–14), Alessio Cerci lost all four derbies against Juventus. He was, however, on the winning side for Brescia Calcio against a Juve team including Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini.

• At Athletic Club, Fernando Llorente faced Atlético 13 times (W5 D1 L7), scoring five goals. His last appearance against the Rojiblancos came in the 2012 UEFA Europa League final (0-3).

• Cáceres played in Spain for RC Recreativo de Huelva, Barcelona and Sevilla FC and faced Atlético seven times (W3 D2 L2).

Match facts

Juventus
• Stephan Lichtsteiner and Pogba are both a booking away from a suspension.

• Juventus have won 18 of their last 21 Serie A matches.

• Pirlo drove in an added-time winner as Juventus, down to ten men following Lichtsteiner's dismissal with 12 minutes remaining, beat city rivals Torino 2-1 at home on 30 November.

• The victory extended Juventus' winning streak at home in Serie A to 25 games.

• Buffon missed the derby against Torino with a right shoulder injury but was back in goal for Friday's 0-0 draw at ACF Fiorentina.

• Cáceres has not featured since 5 October because of a thigh problem. Barzagli is yet to play this season due to an Achilles tendon injury.

• Kwadwo Asamoah will be out for up to four months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on 2 December. Rômulo had an operation the following day to cure a persistent groin problem that has restricted him to three appearances this season.

Atlético
• Gabi, Godín and Cristian Ansaldi are all a booking away from suspension.

• José María Giménez scored his first ever goal at club level as Atlético won 2-0 at struggling Elche CF on Saturday. The defender has scored two in 15 appearances for Uruguay.

• Atlético are on a five-match winning run and have been victorious in ten of their last 11 outings.

• Simeone's side have gone 386 minutes without conceding, since Roque Santa Cruz's consolation for Málaga CF on 22 November.

• Atlético won 3-0 at third-tier CE L'Hospitalet in the first leg of their fourth round Copa del Rey tie on 3 December, with all the goals coming in the final 25 minutes.

• Miguel Ángel Moyà is the only goalkeeper not to have conceded a goal in this season's UEFA Champions League, keeping four clean sheets after replacing Jan Oblak for matchday two.

• Lucas Hernández made his debut against L'Hospitalet and Cerci was given his first start for the club. Jesús Gámez also featured on his return from a broken nose suffered in training on 14 November.

• Miranda has not featured since injuring his hamstring in Brazil's 2-1 friendly victory against on Austria on 19 November.

• Simeone has been shortlisted for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year award along with Carlo Ancelotti and Joachim Löw.

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