Bayern Munich-Juventus Preview: Bianconeri hoping to maintain quarter-final dominance
The Old Lady have won all five last-eight games against German opposition, but will be up against last year's Champions League finalists, who are in stunning form of their own
By Craig Turnbull
Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci
L'stiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Bayern Munich could welcome back Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who both missed the 2-0 second-leg defeat to Arsenal, for their quarter-final showdown with Serie A champions Juventus.
However, Javi Martinez is suspended for the clash, which means Luiz Gustavo should replace the Spaniard. Long-term absentee Holger Badstuber remains sidelined with ruptured knee ligaments.
Brazilian centre-back Dante and Philipp Lahm are in danger of missing the return leg in Turin on April 10 should they pick up a booking in this encounter.
Juventus, meanwhile, have concerns over the fitness of attacker Sebastian Giovinco, who was scythed down by Esteban Cambiasso in their 2-1 Derby d'Italia victory over Inter, although he has been included in the 22-man squad.
Mirko Vucinic is recovering from flu, which means Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are likely to be Conte's preferred striking partnership, although Vucinic could be fit to feature.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are walking a discipinary tightrope as a booking incurred here would mean they miss the next match.
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Bayern Munich go into this match in sparkling form having destroyed Hamburg 9-2 at the weekend. Claudio Pizarro grabbed four goals and two assists.
- In the previous meeting Bayern beat Juventus 4-1 in Turin to eliminate them from the group stages in 2009-10 season. Only Gianluigi Buffon and Claudio Marchisio are likely to survive from that starting XI in this game for the Bianconeri.
- Die Roten coach Jupp Heynckes masterminded victory over Juventus when he was Real Madrid boss, guiding them to a Champions League final 1-0 win in 1998.
- Juventus last lost an away match in Europe back in 2010 when they were beaten 4-1 by Fulham in the Europa League.
- Fabio Quagliarella (pictured, right) has netted four goals in 248 minutes of action in the Champions League.
The Old Lady have not reached the last four since overcoming Barcelona in the 2002-03 campaign.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 0-2 Juventus
- 16.3 %
FC Bayern München 1-2 Juventus
- 14.66 %
FC Bayern München 2-0 Juventus
- 11.01 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 10, 2013||Juventus 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 2, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Juventus 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 8, 2009||Juventus 1 - FC Bayern München 4|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Sep 30, 2009||FC Bayern München 0 - Juventus 0|
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|Dec 7, 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - FC Bayern München 7||GER1|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Eintracht Braunschweig 0||GER1|
|Nov 27, 2013||PFC CSKA Moskva 1 - FC Bayern München 3||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3||GER1|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
Bayern have an array of talent across the whole of the starting XI but the key could be to stretching the Bianconeri back three and getting their wingers involved as much as possible. Ribery is the type of player that could really give Juventus problems with his pace, tenacity and sheer brilliance enough to worry one of Europe's best current backlines.
Will be key to the midfield battle with his energy and determination such an important factor in Juventus' success of late; particularly in the Champions League where his standout performance against Chelsea in the group stage was the catalyst for the Bianconeri's impressive run in Europe. Jupp Heynckes will be all-too familiar with the Chilean's pedigree having coached him at Bayer Leverkusen and will be hoping he does not come good against his side on Tuesday.
Both teams go into this match on the back of fine form in their domestic leagues with Juventus winning the Derby d'Italia and Bayern putting nine past Hamburg, ensuring the stage is set for a thrilling encounter on Tuesday. Juventus cruised past Celtic in the last 16, while die Roten made hard work of Arsenal, but the Germans will be fully focused on taking a lead with them to Turin - although it will not come easy.
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