Cristiano Ronaldo is at risk of missing a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in nine years as Juventus look to overcome a two-goal deficit at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
Los Rojiblancos beat Juve 2-0 in Madrid last month and hope to apply the finishing touches in Turin. Ronaldo has scored 22 goals against Atletico during his career and will cling on to the hope of sparking a round-of-16 revival.
Manchester City left it late to complete a 3-2 comeback at Schalke in their first-leg meeting and are on the brink of reaching back-to-back Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.
Domenico Tedesco’s side travel to the Etihad Stadium having failed to win in six matches and losing the last four in succession, with the German visitors in need of a miracle of their own to qualify for the last eight.
Tuesday’s Second-Leg Fixtures
Manchester City vs. Schalke, 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET
Juventus vs. Atletico Madrid, 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET
Manchester City (1-6), Draw, (35-4), Schalke (22-1)
Juventus (8-11), Draw (14-5), Atletico Madrid (5-1)
Ronaldo’s Juventus Under Rare Pressure vs. Atletico
As impressive as Diego Simeone’s side were at the Wanda Metropolitano in February, it would be folly to count this Juventus team out of quarter-final contention just yet.
Ronaldo remained defiant in the face of the media after he was peppered with taunts in Madrid last month, reminding his critics who held the bragging rights in Europe’s recent history, via the Guardian:
Ronaldo was more respectful of his opponents in an interview with Juventus TV ahead of the second leg, (h/t AS):
“They’re a strong team, everyone knows that. They defend well, do