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Juventus' twin towers of Ronaldo, Mandzukic to provide a unique test for Atletico's stingy defence

With two aerial specialists in Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are a bit of a throwback and present a unique challenge to any defence.
With two aerial specialists in Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are a bit of a throwback and present a unique challenge to any defence.

It might not provide the most enthralling technical football of the Champions League round of 16, but there's something wonderfully intriguing about the tie between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, the first leg of which takes place on Wednesday evening.

These are effectively the two nearly-men of the last half-decade in this competition, both defeated finalists twice: Atletico losing to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, Juventus falling to Barcelona and Real in 2015 and 2017. But that status, and...

Ronaldo filled void left by Buffon at Juventus - Chiellini

Matchday 24 in Serie A saw a plethora of world-class goals, but were any better than Krzysztof Piatek's no-look volley for Milan?
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted Paulo Dybala's screamer to help Juventus rout Frosinone ahead of the first leg against Atletico Madrid.
Italian Serie A: Leonardo Bonucci (17') Juventus 2-0 Frosinone
Italian Serie A: Paulo Dybala (6') Juventus 1-0 Frosinone

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini said Cristiano Ronaldo has "filled the void" left by Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon, 41, left in the summer after 17 years with the Bianconeri and joined Paris Saint-Germain, while Ronaldo arrived from Real Madrid.

Speaking ahead of Juve's visit to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg, Chiellini has said swapping the goalkeeper for the forward has worked as a like-for-like transfer terms of the two players' influence off the pitch.

"The arrival...

By the numbers: Chelsea suffer biggest defeat since 1991, Sergio Aguero levels with Alan Shearer

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 to climb up to second in La Liga, and are now -- aided by Barcelona's 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao -- just six points off the top. Juventus beat Sassuolo 3-0 -- Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal and an assist -- to go nine points clear of second-placed Napoli. Manchester United continued on their merry way with a 3-0 win at Fulham to climb into the top 4 for the first time since the opening day of the Premier League season, while Liverpool eased the pressure threatening...

By the numbers: Cristiano Ronaldo tops Serie A charts, Lionel Messi best in Europe

Manchester City dismantled Arsenal 3-1 to put the pressure on Liverpool while Manchester United continued their run under new management with a squeaky 1-0 win over Leicester City. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo's brace wasn't enough as Juventus squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Parma, and across the Mediterranean, a Lionel Messi brace found Barcelona coming back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Valencia. Oh, and Lyon stunned PSG 2-1 at home, leaving Juventus as the only unbeaten side in...