Many Bianconeri fans were quietly hoping that neither Toni Kroos nor Karim Benzema would be fit by Wednesday night, as the former was taken off in the draw with Valencia on Saturday and the latter is still recovering from a knee injury. However, have both have been in training and will be available for coach Carlo Ancelotti, which means Madrid will missing only the passing talent that is Luka Modric.
The problem is, the Galacticos have it in them to slay the Italians. With Benzema leading the line, he can better coordinate the team's attacking play as he tends to bring out the best in Gareth Bale. The Welshman was subdued in the first leg and unable to put his pace to good use largely because Madrid's passing play was well below expectations. With a deep desire to defend the title, most imagine there will be an improvement, especially with the support of their home fans.
The good news for Juve is that Massimiliano Allegri is likely to forego the defensively secure 3-5-2 formation in favour of a more attacking 4-3-1-2 shape with Paul Pogba potentially included from the start.
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