"The best players peak at the right times and I think Ronaldo has proven he does that year in year out".

Although Real Madrid will have to do without defenders Sergio Ramos (due to suspension) and Nacho Fernandez (due to injury), Varane said his knee injury was "fine now".

"I do not think of playing without Cristian, we have him and we are happy", Zidane said on Tuesday. We don't know what'll happen during the match, but who expected us to lose 3-0 in the first leg? We are regaining our confidence, the goals and our overall game.

"We showed against PSG and Juventus, we showed that we are the same team as last season and we have returned to the level which helped us achieve our objectives then", Asensio added.

With Dybala suspended, Andrea Barzagli and Rodrigo Bentancur injured, Allegri was asked what tactics he'll use. Lucas Vazquez and Jesus Vallejo are also doubts.

The Portuguese attacker netted twice in Real Madrid's Champions League first-leg 3-0 win, including a an acrobatic goal to double their lead.

The Real Madrid star has surged into the limelight under the watchful eye of Zidane since making his debut in 2016, and for Asensio, there is no one he would rather learn his trade under.

"It is set to be a huge tie against a top side". None of these sides have managed to overturn a three-goal deficit.

When he posted 16 goals in the 2015-16 edition and his personal best of 17 in 2013-14 - the second-highest and highest-scoring Champions League campaigns of all time respectively - Real went on to lift the trophy on both occasions.

Juventus have kept six clean sheets in their last 10 Champions League away games.

The fact that the forward went off early in the derby is a measure of how the Champions League is now all-encompassing for Real.

Cold, rainy wintry conditions in Madrid will be welcoming Italian champions Juventus who will surely be facing a hostile reception from the local big crowd when on Wednesday evening they will again come up against the might of Uefa Champions League holders and Spanish champions Real Madrid on home soil at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain.

"However, I don't see it being remotely possible that Juventus can turn it around".

Zidane in action for Real Madrid.


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