Juventus qualified for the European Cup final with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
Real Madrid selection
Carlo Ancelotti surprisingly dropped Pepe and shifted Sergio Ramos back into his favoured centre-back position, after an unsuccessful stint in midfield during the first leg.
Upfront, Karim Benzema was fit to return, and otherwise it was Real’s expected side, with Marcelo and Dani Carvajal returning having been rested for the weekend draw with Valencia.
Having missed the first leg through injury, Paul Pogba was fit to return in place of Stefano Sturaro.
This might have also influenced Max Allegri’s formation decision – had Pogba been out, he might have switched to the 5-3-2 system he used towards the end of the first leg, providing more defensive structure in a game where a draw would suit Juventus. Pogba’s availability, though, meant it was worth sticking with the diamond.
Otherwise, the team was as expected.
Juventus emerged victorious but Real dominated for long periods of this second leg, and their tactical approach worked better here. Read more »