UEFA Champions League | Juventus vs Villareal: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Juventus’ last training ahead of the Champions League clash vs Villarreal

Watch the last Juventus training session held by Massimiliano Allegri ahead of the Champions League clash against Villarreal.

Juventus vs Villareal: Line-ups



Game for Juventus to Lose


The Scudetto chasers are now unbeaten in 12 successive games across all competitions since their Super Cup heartache against Inter Milan back in January – winning each of their last four – and an own goal from Maya Yoshida alongside Alvaro Morata’s brace propelled Juve to a 3-1 success over Sampdoria on Saturday.


Still rank outsiders when it comes to reclaiming their domestic crown, Juventus suffered last-16 exits in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 editions of the Champions League and have not progressed further than the quarter-finals since falling at the last hurdle to Real Madrid in 2017, but an opportunity to make the last eight is theirs for the taking.


The abolition of the away goals rule does mean that both sides enter the contest on a level playing field, but Juve have not suffered defeat at home yet in 2022 and have only conceded four goals in their last 10 at the Allianz Stadium, which has become something of a European fortress for them in months gone by.


Villarreal do know what it takes to get the better of Italian sides on their own turf – coming up trumps in a 3-2 thriller with Atalanta BC back in December – but the 2005-06 semi-finalists can only boast one clean sheet from their last 15 away Champions League matches ahead of a daunting trip to Turin.


The 1-1 stalemate in the first leg marked the inaugural competitive meeting between Villarreal and Juventus in any continental competition, and it will certainly be a case of European veterans versus Champions League novices in the battle for supremacy in Turin.

DPP Verdict

With a much more established feel about the Juve defence as Allegri prepares to welcome several big names back to the fold, the stage is set for the Bianconeri’s European experience to come to the fore. It is now Villarreal’s turn to work around a wealth of absentees, and with Juve boasting a well-rested Vlahovic and proving an extremely tough nut to crack on home soil, we can only back Allegri’s men to finish the job and progress to the last eight.