Atletico Madrid will not be spared the spectre of Cristiano Ronaldo when Diego Simeone’s side travel to Turin to take on Juventus in the Champions League after the Serie A side confirmed the Portugal captain has fully recovered from his recent knee issues.
The Juventus forward has played 32 games against the Rojiblancos and scored 25 goals with eight assists. His record is 16 wins, nine draws and nine losses – testament to the work of Simeone since he took over at the Calderon and ended the 14-year curse – but the devastation he can wreak is still fresh in the mind for the Liga side.
Last season, a 2-0 victory in the Champions League last 16 first leg at the Metropolitano seemed to be enough to guarantee progress.
Atletico were scoring freely and had never lost a Champions League tie after winning the first leg. Juventus had never overturned a two-goal deficit in Europe either home or away. But Ronaldo came, Ronaldo saw and Ronaldo conquered.
Juve are already through to the knock-out stages but will be looking to ensure they finish as group winners, while Atletico are four points clear of Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen and host the Russian side in the final round of fixtures.