On Tuesday night, Turin will witness a true clash of the titans as Real Madrid aim to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. In contrast, Juventus will hope that they can rescue their season among Europe’s elite with their first win of the campaign.
A fortnight ago at the Bernabeu, Los Blancos emerged narrow victors over the Italian giants in a game that saw the Bianconeri reduced to 10 men.
With a 100 percent record thus far in the Champions League and 10 goals scored in their last two La Liga matches, Cristiano Ronaldo et al travel to Italy full of confidence, knwoing a win will confirm their placing among the last 16.
Carlo Ancelotti returns to one of his old stomping grounds aware that a win would mean a step forward in the club's obstinate quest for La Decima.
Barcelona aside, this will arguably be Los Blancos' toughest examination of this season and a chance to put down a real marker for other teams to take notice.
By contrast, Juventus have it all to do if they are to continue the impressive rebuild of their legendary brand into one of Europe’s current superpowers. Two back-to-back Scudettos led to considerable optimism that La Vecchia Signora of Italian football could once again become the toast of Europe.
However, the Bianconeri have only accumulated two points from their opening three games. Therefore, victory over Real is imperative.
Antonio Conte's men must take the initiative in Tuesday’s headlining tie, demanding that their key attacking personnel bring their "A" game to the table and cause Los Blancos considerable problems.