Max Allegri admits “this is the most important match of my career” and Paul Pogba could start Real Madrid v Juventus.
The second leg of the Champions League semi-final is at the Bernabeu this evening after Juve won the first encounter 2-1.
“It’s not my first time at the Bernabeu, as I was here in my first year with Milan,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“This is the most essential match of my career, as it doesn’t happen every day to be in a Champions League semi-final. Now we are here and we believe that we can get to Berlin.”
Real Madrid have fallen behind in La Liga and were criticised for their recent performances.
“They are absolutely not in crisis. This is a side with great players and technique. At home they create much more than away and we need a great performance.
“We must play with a relaxed state of mind, because we’ve got the qualities to be here and we’ve proved that already.
“We’ve to be aware of our own strengths. We are here to play these 95 minutes to reach the Final.”
Pogba missed the first leg and made his comeback in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cagliari, getting the decisive goal.
“He is in good shape, he played a good 60 minutes. There is a possibility he will play, but we still have to make a decision,” noted Allegri.
“At the moment only Martin Caceres is out of action and that is an important statistic.”
Real Madrid Vs Juventus Factfile:
ROAD TO QUARTER-FINALS: Real Madrid – Winners of Group B ahead of Basel. Beat Schalke 5-4 on aggregate in the last 16 and Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
Juventus – Runners-up in Group A behind Atletico Madrid. Beat Borussia Dortmund 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16 and Monaco 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
League best performances:
Real Madrid – winners 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014
Juventus – winners 1985, 1996
Real Madrid – 32 x Spanish champions, 19 x Spanish Cup winners, 10 x Spanish Super Cup winners, 2 x UEFA Cup winners, 2 x UEFA Super Cup winners, 3 x Intercontinental Cup winners, 1 x Club World Cup winners
Juventus – 31 x Italian champions, 9 x Coppa Italia