Lineups Porto – Juventus
Port: Marchesin, Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi, Uribe, Otavio, Oliveira, Corona, Taremi, Marega
Juventus: Szczesny, Danilo, De Ligt, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie, Kulusevski, Chiesa, Ronaldo
Referee for tonight: Expect Italian accusations of pro-Iberian bias if all goes wrong for Juve tonight, as Carlos del Cerro leads a Spanish team out of the match officials in Porto.
Andrea Pirlo speaks
“Porto is different from us,” said the Juve coach. “In the league they are more offensive, while in Europe they are more cautious. We try to play differently, but sometimes we also have to defend.
“The Champions League is a unique competition. There are so many teams fighting to win, everyone wants it, and it really depends on when you face the teams. It is important to be mentally prepared. “
Sergio Conceicao speaks …
“We will give Juventus problems, as Porto also has something in their DNA,” said the local coach during the pre-match press conference. “We have a winning mentality regardless of the opponent. We must be aware that our approach has to change at different moments of the game, while always looking for the positive result ”.
On the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo. “Cristiano can decide a game at any time and in the last third he is a fabulous player,” he said. “The best in the world without a doubt. We have to be solid, compact and cohesive. You have to understand what space Cristiano, Morata, Kulusevski or whoever plays in front wants and deny it to them ”.
Juventus team early news
With full-back Juan Cuadrado out with a muscle injury, Danilo and Alex Sandro are expected to support Juventus against their former club. After missing the last two games for his team, Leonardo Bonucci was unable to recover in time for this match, which means that Giorgio Chiellini will almost certainly join Mattijs De Ligt in center-back. Aaron Ramsey, Arthur and Paulo Dybala also seem to miss out on this opportunity. Cristiano Ronaldo will start up front for the visitors, but reports from Italy suggest that Álvaro Morata could be eliminated by Dejan Kulusevski, a 20-year-old Swede of Macedonian origin.
Porto team news
Sergio Conceicao is left without full-backs Nanu and Saido Sanusi, in a state of affairs that makes WIlson Manafa and Malang Sarr called substitutes for the four defenders led by our old friend Pepe. Midfielder Otavio is also absent with a soft tissue injury.
Champions League: Porto – Juventus
The champions of Portugal and Italy go head to head in Porto in the first leg of the tie, Juventus being the big favorites to win. They come into this match after a loss at the hands of Napoli last weekend, while their hosts have drawn their last four matches on the home front. Kick-off at Estadio do Dragao is at 8pm (GMT), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and preparation.
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