Champions League In Focus - Real Madrid vs Juventus Preview
11 April 2018, 11:26 | Colleen Roy
"There are hard times but in the Champions League, when you look at the trajectory of this club, it is impressive and nobody has reached this level".
Juventus though have won at Santiago Bernabeu but have not scored more than two goals.
Their European campaign has been in total contrast to their disappointing La Liga form as they now languish in fourth place in the standings, 15 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona.
The records have also tumbled for him at Madrid and he is now the club's leading scorer in LaLiga and across all competitions.
Only a spectacular collapse will deny Real another semi-final appearance following their Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired victory in Italy.
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.
Having spent the entire 90 minutes at Juve on the bench, Bale returned to the starting lineup for Sunday's La Liga derbi at home to Atletico Madrid, and provided the cross from which Ronaldo volleyed Madrid's goal in the 1-1 draw.
"Ronaldo is similar, as good as he is, he seems to have an ability more so than anyone in the Champions League to play another step up from his natural game".
Buffon has been a Champions League runner-up three times with Juve in total and it would take an incredible comeback to prevent further heartbreak this week. They are on course to lift the title again as they are now four points clear off second placed Napoli with seven games to end the season.
Juventus will be without forward Paulo Dybala, who was sent off in the first leg for two yellow cards.
"They know that anything is possible in football so they'll come here to attack and win". This is where their motivation lies for Wednesday's game.
#8220;The result in the first leg doesn't change anything for us.
"First, we need to get to the final". We have to get through it before thinking about any other games.
Buffon added: "We have to play with spirit and stay together as a group". We have to go into this important match not to expect the worst but hoping for the best. We have a lot of ambition and we are determined to continue at the top level.
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