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MADRID---Defending champion Real
Madrid travels to last season s runner-
up Atletico Madrid for the first leg of
a Champions League quarterfinal with
more than a hint of revenge about it.
Last year, Madrid lifted the silverware
by beating an exhausted Atletico 4-1 after
a very late Sergio Ramos goal extended
the match into extra time in the Lisbon
final. The manner of that defeat rankled
with Atletico fans.
Since then, under coach Diego Sime-
one, Atletico has been undefeated in the
six matches the crosstown rivals have
played in---winning four and drawing
Now, Atletico s best chance of advanc-
ing beyond the quarterfinals will rest on
not conceding goals at home and whether
it can establish a lead it can later defend
away at the Santiago Bernabeu.
A Vicente Calderon stadium packed
with fans has historically proved an
important boost for Atletico, particularly
since Simeone arrived as coach in 2011.
With the Spanish league slipping out
of defending champion Atletico s reach
this season after a 2-2 draw at Malaga,
Simeone will be eager to show his squad
still merits respect on the European stage.
However, Carlo Ancelotti will be equally
determined to show fans and club chair-
man Florentino Perez that he is the coach
to take Madrid to its 11th Champions
League title and beyond.
Here are some things to know about
today s game:
Cristiano Ronaldo---who has scored 49
goals in all competitions this season---
matched Madrid great Alfredo Di Ste-
fano s La Liga tally of 216 goals when he
scored against Eibar at the weekend.
The Portugal forward reached the land-
mark in 193 games, whereas Di Stefano---
whose memory is revered by Madrid
fans---did so in 282 appearances. Ronaldo
now has Raul Gonzalez s record of 228
goals in sight.
However, his away tally is 93, lagging
behind his scoring rate of 123 in the Bern-
Ronaldo has scored eight Champions
League goals this season, one more than
the combined tally of Atletico s attacking
duo Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griez-
BALE IS BACK
Ancelotti s favoured three-pronged
attack of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and
Gareth Bale looks set to be restored with
the likely reincorporation of the Welsh
star into the squad.
"They are all available to me for Tues-
day s match," Ancelotti said.
Bale missed Madrid s 3-0 La Liga win
against Eibar on Saturday after picking
up a muscle strain as a result of a tough
tackle during the previous match against
Bale began training alongside Ronaldo,
Jese Rodriguez, Javier "Chicharito" Her-
nandez and Alvaro Arbeloa, the club said.
Madrid looks to have its squad unin-
jured and at full strength for the first
time in five months.
"I see it all clearly, all I need is the
result now," Ancelotti said.
Mandzukic, who was injured for Atleti-
co s last two matches, has resumed train-
ing with Simeone s squad after under-
going therapy for painful tenosynovitis
in his right foot.
With 20 goals this season, the 28-year-
old Croatia forward has enjoyed a suc-
cessful attacking partnership with Griez-
mann. Between them, they have scored
41 times in all competitions.
"We know that it is normal to have
some down moments in a season, but
we are up there, fighting for the Cham-
pions League, and we have to continue
like this," Griezmann said. "We have to
be strong. We know that if we don t con-
cede a goal a win will be easier."
Mandzukic scored twice when Atletico
overran Madrid 4-0 in February for the
team s biggest derby win in 28 years.
Before the draw against Malaga, Atleti-
co s defense had not conceded a league
goal since the 1-1 round 26 draw against
Valencia in early March.
Atletico is on an unbeaten run of eight
games in all competitions---although it
has drawn four of those---thanks to its
Simeone will have to decide whether
to retain an in-form Jan Oblak in goal or
opt for Miguel Angel Moya who returns
If Raul Garcia recovers from an elbow
injury, Atletico will also have a fully fit
Atletico re-runs last year's
CL final against Real Madrid Juventus wants to be
a serious contender
MILAN---Two-time European champion Juventus
is beginning to emerge as a force on the international
stage once again.
A spot in the Champions League semifinals for
the first time since 2003 would go a long way to
reinforcing that notion. Juventus will face Monaco
today in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
Juventus has a realistic chance of ending a 19-year
wait for Champions League success, something which
appeared to be in the distant future after it was elim-
inated from the group stage last year.
Juventus also leads Serie A by 12 points and is in
the Italian Cup final, although the team dropped
points on Saturday with a surprise loss at last-place
Juventus has lost only one of 16 European matches
at the Juventus Stadium, winning three out of its
four matches in Turin this season.
Here are some things to know about today s match:
MONACO TRAVELS WELL
Juventus might have its fantastic home form to
count on, but Monaco will be relying on its impressive
recent run on the road.
The French team is looking for a third straight
away victory in the Champions League and has con-
ceded only two goals in four away games this sea-
Monaco recorded an impressive 3-1 win at Arsenal
in the round of 16 but then lost 2-0 at home in the
second leg, progressing on away goals.
"It s an unpredictable team to be treated with cau-
tion, because it is really difficult to understand the
type of beast it is," Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi
"Watching them play away, they are very dangerous.
Then you see them at home and they are most dis-
appointing. When you think they aren t favorites and
that they ll lose, they can win and when they are
favorites, they can run into difficulty. You never know
what you will face."
TEVEZ: WE CAN WIN IT
Despite being without the injured Andrea Pirlo
and losing Paul Pogba early on, Juventus followed
up a 2-1 win at home with an impressive 3-0 victory
in Germany against Borussia Dortmund to progress
to the quarterfinals
It was the ease with which they swept away Dort-
mund which has forward Carlos Tevez, who won the
Champions League title with Manchester United in
2008, predicting great things.
"Juventus can win the Champions League," Tevez
said in an interview with Italian national newspaper
La Repubblica. "The match against Dortmund showed
that we can get far. It all depends on us. Juventus
can beat anyone and we showed that. There are no
teams beyond our capabilities. Not even one.
"At Manchester United there were incredible cham-
pions such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney ...
I think that here instead there is a team. We are very
hard to beat. Like Atletico Madrid last year, but with
a different final."
Much of Juventus success this year has been down
to the fantastic form of forward Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine is the leading scorer in Serie A this
season after finding the back of the net 17 times and
has also scored six goals in eight Champions League
matches, including a double at Dortmund.
An incredible feat for a player who only broke a
five-year scoring drought in the Champions League
in September, with two goals against Malmo.
"It s because I m playing in the Champions League
all the time," Tevez said. "At United there was a fan-
tastic Ronaldo, who came ahead of everyone. Now
they see me as a leader and that gives me confidence.
I made a mistake at City. There was no more trust
between us and I reacted by disappearing." (AP)
Bayern Munich have confirmed that
neither Bastian Schweinsteiger or Franck
Ribery will return in time for their Cham-
pions League clash with Porto this week.
The German champions travel to Por-
tugal for tomorrow s quarter-final first-
leg match at Estadio do Dragao without
two of their key players.
Vice-captain Schweinsteiger missed last
Wednesday s DFB-Pokal quarter-final vic-
tory at Bayer Leverkusen with an ankle
injury, and has since been unable to over-
come a virus.
Former France international Ribery is
still struggling with the ankle injury that
has seen him miss the last five matches
for Pep Gurdiola s side.
A statement on Bayern s official website
fcbayern.de, read: "The injury and selection
situation at Bayern remains a cause for
concern as it was revealed that hopes of
a return for Bastian Schweinsteiger and
Franck Ribery have been dashed.
"The vice-captain has been unable to
shake a stubborn viral infection and the
French winger continues to be troubled by
a painful ankle injury.
"Neither player will travel to Portugal,
meaning both are definitely out of the big
Last month, Bayern produced a dom-
inant performance to see off Shakhtar
Donetsk 7-0 in the last 16 of the compe-
tition and they travel to Porto with a num-
ber of injuries to contend with, but look
to welcome back Jerome Boateng and Clau-
Sporting director Matthias Sammer told
a press conference: "It s a real shame but
Bastian and Franck can t come with us.
"Pep will now decide whether to take
along another of our young players."
Bayern pair to miss Porto clash
Atletico players attend a training session at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid,
Spain, yesterday. Atletico Madrid will play Real Madrid today in a quarterfinal first leg
Champions League soccer match. AP PHOTO
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