Juventus need little short of a miracle if they are to reach the Champions League semi-finals at Real Madrid's expense. The Italian champions, runners-up to Real in last year's edition of the competition, must score at least three to level the sides' last-eight tie in Wednesday's return, after a disastrous 3-0 defeat in last week's home leg.
Not only do Juve need three, they also have to shut Real out
It's not mission impossible; just ask Barcelona and Girona, who have both netted three at the Bernabéu in LaLiga this season. But can they possibly keep the hosts out too? Zinedine Zidane's men have racked up 62 goals in 24 home matches so far this campaign, establishing a per-game average of 2.58. Concede just one, and Juve's target becomes four. Two, and the Vecchia Signora will require what the Spanish call a manita (a 'little hand'). All without their chief source of creativity in attack, Paulo Dybala, who is suspended after being sent off in the first leg.
Even Juve's best Bernabéu result wouldn't be enough
History is certainly not on Juve's side. The Turin club have visited Real Madrid eight times in their history, losing five and winning just twice. Even their best result away to Los Blancos - a 2-0 victory in the 2008/09 Champions League group stage, which saw Alessandro Del Piero applauded off by the home fans - would not be enough. And it is fair to say that that Real team, who were in the midst of a six-year run of failing to progress beyond the tournament's last 16, were a different kettle of fish.