Atlético v Juventus preview: all you need to know

Immovable object meets unstoppable force – Atlético welcome Cristiano Ronaldo and Co to the Spanish capital.

Cristiano Ronaldo training ahead of his return to Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo training ahead of his return to Madrid ©Getty Images
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Reporter's view (Joe Walker, UEFA.com): Atlético could not have had a tougher draw in the round of 16, with Juventus another recent finalist in this competition. This tie will see two wily, streetwise teams face off and I expect little to separate them. How Atlético handle former nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo will go a long way to deciding whether they remain on course for a home final.

Possible line-ups

Watch Ronaldo hat-trick against Atlético
Watch Ronaldo hat-trick against Atlético

Atlético: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luís; Ñíguez, Koke, Rodri, Lemar; Morata, Griezmann
Out: Hernández (knee)
Doubtful: none
Misses next game if booked: Ángel Correa, Diego Costa, Filipe Luís, Giménez, Partey

Juventus: Szczęsny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Betancur, Pjanić, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandžukić, Ronaldo
Out: Khedira (arrhythmia), Douglas Costa (thigh)
Doubtful: Rugani (thigh)
Misses next game if booked: Alex Sandro, Matuidi

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Key battle

Watch Atlético winner against Juventus in 2014
Watch Atlético winner against Juventus in 2014

Oblak v Ronaldo: Ronaldo tormented Atleti during his nine years with Real Madrid, and will doubtless have an extra spring in his considerable step when he lines up against the Rojiblancos. While this is a meeting of two of Europe's meanest defences, both sides are good enough going forward to create chances. If Diego Simeone's men are to maintain their hopes of a home final they will need keeper Jan Oblak at his very best.

Where to watch

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Atlético
Last game: Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Atlético (16/02)
Form: WLLWDWDDWW

Juventus
Last game: Juventus 3-0 Frosinone (15/02)
Form: WWDLWWWWWD

Atlético: The story so far
Atlético: The story so far

Diego Simeone, Atlético coach

I'm really up for this. Here in the Champions League, such a great competition, against a big team like Juventus: it's these kind of games that help us to grow. We are proud to be in this competition.

They're a really powerful opponent that we're going to face, a top club with a coach who has been there a long time. They've got players who operate at the very top level. Hopefully we can take the game where we want it to go.

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach

We've got an important Champions League last-16 match ahead. In the last four years we've played a lot of high-level matches and tomorrow's game is a very important one. Atlético are well-organised and strong in defence.

Our team are growing physically, mentally and technically and we have to keep going as we enter the most important stage of the season. We have to be focused, knowing that we face a compact team that make the most of set pieces, and who in recent years have achieved a lot of good results in Europe. I wouldn't take a draw now – I said to the lads that it's important to score goals.

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