Juventus has naturally set its sights on winning the Champions League again this season. If the Italians beat the Russian Lokomotiv Moscow in their own Allianz Stadium on Tuesday evening, they take a big step towards a place in the last sixteen of the European million-dollar ball.
Juventus could hardly have wished for a better start in terms of results. The football giant from Turin is still unbeaten and with no less than 22 points from eight rounds this season is again in the lead in the Italian Serie A. Juventus is also on track for European hibernation with four points from two group duels in the Champions League. for De Oude Dame this should of course not be a problem.
The team of coach Maurizio Sarri, however, is not yet in a hurry, and also last weekend it was a 2-1 home win over Bologna to pinch the buttocks. “We have to learn how to decide games faster,” said Miralem Pjanic, the creator of the decisive 2-1. ‘However, we play great football. We like the new 4-3-2-1 system. ” Yet Juventus often looks very vulnerable in the back. Giorgio Chiellini is still in the rag basket, and Matthijs de Ligt has been searching for the right form since his arrival in Turin. Also against Bologna he crawled through the eye of the needle with an undefined penalty kick after an alleged handball. However, afterwards, Sarri took it up for him: ‘De Ligt must stop being so critical of himself. For someone who comes to Italy at the age of nineteen, he is doing fine. He should not see himself as someone who is struggling. ”
With three points from two group matches, Lokomotiv Moscow also still has a good chance of reaching the eighth finals of the Champions League. Nonetheless, the third place seems normally to be the highest attainable for the Russians, since Juventus and Atletico Madrid are, of course, the favorite favorites for wintering in the European champions’ ball. The team of coach Yuri Semin has nothing to lose against Juventus.
Lokomotiv Moscow can travel to Turin with confidence. The Muscovites take the lead in the Russian Premier League, and each of them managed to win their last five league matches. In addition, they managed to stunt earlier this season by triumphing 1-2 in the first group match of the Champions League at the Bayer Leverkusen of Peter Bosz. However, the visitors have to do without Tuesday’s backs Maciej Rybus and Boris Rotenberg, as well as the wing tips Jefferson Farfan and Rifat Zhemaletdinov.