Atleti's focus turns to the Champions League as we host a massive clash against Italian giants Juventus. The eyes of the football world turn to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first leg of the competition's last 16, as the Serie A champions visit our new stadium for the first time at 9 p.m. CET on Wednesday.
Juventus are one of the strongest sides in European football. The Italian team, which is coached by Massimiliano Allegri and have won the the last seven Serie A titles, will look to break our fantastic streak of 12 home games without losing in the Champions League knockout rounds. Both sides met in the group stage of the 2014-15 edition. That season, we earned a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon and drew 0-0 at the Juventus Stadium. In fact, Simeone is yet to lose against an Italian team since he manages our club, as he holds a record of four wins and two draws.
During those 2014-15 matches between Atleti and Juventus, Mandzukic was at our club whereas Morata played for the Serie A champions. The Croat striker scored 20 goals in his only season at Atleti, including the winner in our Spanish Super Cup success against Real Madrid. Morata played for the Italian side for two seasons, during which he scored 27 goals and registered 19 assists, as well as winning the Serie A title both years. The Spaniard made the Champions League Team of the Year in the 2014-15 season.
Both sides are the two teams that have conceded the least amount of shots from inside the box in the current edition of the European competition (six Atleti, nine Juventus).
Allegri's side finished top of Group H ahead of Manchester United, and have Paulo Dybala as their top scorer with five goals in five matches. Antoine Griezmann has been involved in six of our nine Champions League goals, having scored four and given two assists.