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Juventus v Real Madrid: 5 talking points ahead of Turin clash

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Juventus v Real Madrid: 5 talking points ahead of Turin clash

10 months after claiming their 12th Champions League title over Juventus, Real Madrid travel to Turin for Tuesday's quarter-final, first leg clash

Ten months after claiming their 12th Champions League title with a 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff, Real Madrid travel to Turin for Tuesday's quarter-final, first leg clash

After overcoming tricky ties against Tottenham Hotspur (Juve) and Paris Saint-Germain respectively, last season's finalists come head to head in the quarter final stage of the 2017/18 competition.

Here are five talking points ahead of the 20th clash between the European giants:

Zinedine Zindane returns for the first time as a coach to the city where he forged his reputation as a player winning two Italian league titles, reaching two Champions League finals and a Ballon d'Or before moving to Real Madrid.

"I became a man in Turin. I will always be Juventino," says Zindine before adding that his "heart" was Spanish, with Real Madrid "the club of (his) life".

But the former French World Cup winner added: "I would have liked to avoid Juventus, for lots of reasons."

Zinedine Zidane

Trailing Barcelona by 13 points in the La Liga, this is Real Madrid's only chance of silverware this season. Juventus are top of Serie A and in the running for a treble.

Cristiano Ronaldo beat Gianluigi Buffon twice in Cardiff and the Madrid star has been giving the veteran goalkeeper some sleepless nights.

The 33-year-old has hit 21 goals in his last 11 Real Madrid appearances and struck a late brace to help Portugal come from behind to beat Egypt in a friendly last week.

"When you play against a team like Real Madrid, taking one player away won't make a huge amount of difference. Having said that, knowing I'll face Cristiano Ronaldo will give me a few sleepless nights," said the 40-year-old Buffon.

Ronaldo has scored in every single one of his games against Juventus with seven goals in five appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo

"He is also lethal, everything he does is at 100 percent and in front of the goal he is an assassin."

Paulo Dybala has returned to top form after a hamstring injury, scoring the winning goal against Tottenham and inspiring last weekend's 3-1 win over AC Milan for 22 goals this season in all competitions.

Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus vs AC Milan - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 31, 2018 Juventus' Paulo Dybala in action

The Argentinian forward missed the first leg against Tottenham, a 2-2 draw in Turin, with the second leg proving that a game with Dybala in it is an entirely different sort of game.

Allegri faces two major absentees with Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia both suspended for the first leg.

Serie A - Juventus vs AC MilanSoccer Football - Serie A - Juventus vs AC Milan - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 31, 2018 Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Bosnian Pjanic's absence will be felt in midfield and for his set pieces as he has scored six goals and contributed eight assists.

Italian veteran Giorgio Chiellini and Juan Cuadrado made it to Saturday's game against AC Milan, with the Colombian scoring on his return after a three-month absence.

Alex Sandro is set to return along with Croatian Mario Mandzukic.

Aside from defender Nacho, Real Madrid have no serious injuries with Zidane resting several top players ahead of Tuesday's game.

The teams have met 19 times, with Juventus winning eight and Madrid nine, including the finals in 1998 and 2017. But Juventus were the last team to eliminate Real Madrid, in 2015 semi-finals, before Allegri's side went on to lose in the final to Barcelona

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