Athletico Madrid vs Juventus 10/01/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Juventus v Athletico Madrid
Wednesday 1st October 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Athletico Madrid 6/5 Draw 11/5 Juventus 12/5 See the Latest Odds
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After a shock opening round defeat to Olympiakos can Athletico Madrid bounce back with a win against a highly fancied Juventus team who will come to Spain in great form. Diego Simeone rebuilt his Atheltico Madrid side during the summer after selling two of the spine of their team to Chelsea, out went Costa and Luis and in came Mandzukich, Cerci, Morata and Greizmann. While the team hasnt quite settled into a rythm that we were used to under Simeone they have managed a win in the Bernebeau against great rivals Real.There is lots of attacking talent in this side with Greizmann and Mandzukich showing lots of promise as a partnership and with Koke , Turan pulling the strings from midfield Athletico will be a tough team to beat.
Italian champions Juventus have won all of their competitive games this term, Carlos Tevez is on fire netting five from five in the league and two in the one Champions League game that they have played. Tevez is a supreme talent and with a midfield of Pirlo, Vidal and Pogba all playing the creative role behind Tevez will take stopping in every game this year. Allegri has come in and done a good job picking up the pieces after a tumultous end to Conte's time in charge.
This should be a really tactical encounter. Diego Simeone is one of the best tactical managers in the game and he engineered a winning La Liga team last year from an Athletico squad that cost less than a quarter what Barcelona/Real Madrid's team cost. Juventus have lots of ability but there are still question marks over the Italians bottle and it took them the best part of an hour to break down Malmo at home in round one. I just have a slight fancy here for Athletico to get the win and at odds against I have to take it. Take Athletico to win . Follow me on twitter@antonpippo