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UCL: Juventus vs. Real Madrid: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Real Madrid’s quest for an 11th UEFA Champions League title will take the Spanish giants to Italy, where Juventus is hoping to continue a run into territory the club hasn’t been in for more than a decade.

Juve hosts the first leg of their UCL semifinal series against Real Madrid today (2:45pm, Fox Sports 1) and the Italians will be looking to put the shackles on Madrid’s vaunted attack. The battle in midfield should be a memorable one as well, with Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal looking to win the battle in the middle against the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Real Madrid will be without Luka Modric and Karim Benzema for today’s first leg, while Juventus will be without Paul Pogba.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s SBI Live Commentary is after the jump):

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  1. I wish I could say this was an encouraging result for Juve. And it is, in some ways…. beating RM is an impressive achievement that few teams can claim, particularly in a competition as serious as the Champions League.

    But really…. what kind of odds would you need to bet on Juve advancing to the final with a 2-1 advantage? I wouldn’t do it at 5/1. Probably wouldn’t do it at 10/1, unless it was a really tiny amount of money.

    Still, they deserve credit. I’ll be rooting for them in the second leg. And I never root for Italian teams.

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    • yes, though looking at it another way, perhaps a more solid win could have given them a false sense of security? Not that they wouldn’t take it seriously playing at RM, but maybe they will go in more hard-nosed.

      If Real Madrid play at their best even with a depleted team, they will have no trouble, but they have been inconsistent and not clicking of late. Juve will have to be at their best to move on.

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    • It’s halftime.

      Real are down by one but they have that precious away goal.

      All they have to do is beat them 1-0 which is easier said than done but doable.

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      • So let’s say you had $100 bucks to bet on the game (an arbitrary number… just trying to think of something meaningful but not insane)

        What odds would you need to bet on Juve getting through?

        I think I’d get interested at around 10/1.

        Where it gets interesting is the strategy…. Italian teams are smart, and while common logic suggests they will try to hold out for 0-0 or a 1-0 loss, it would not surprise me at all if they attempted to poach back that away goal. That could really change things.

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