Porto – Juventus
Porto hosts Juventus at the Estadio Do Dragao in a first leg from the Champions League 1/8-finals between these two teams. Let us preview it for you in the next few paragraphs.
Just as you might thought, Porto are the complete underdogs in this tie. The Portuguese team is not among the favourites for the trophies like their next opponent. There are few people who expect Porto to eliminate Juventus, but maybe this is their biggest advantage in this case.
In the group stage Porto finished second in Group C just behind Manchester City. Sergio Conceicao’s team lost just once in the group stage against City. They won four of their six games and showed some good efficiency.
Porto are not performing in the best way possible lately as they made four draws in their last four matches in all competition.
Juventus made a very good impression during the group stage and beat Barcelona for the first place in the standings. But for the manager Andrea Pirlo and his boys this remains a season with ups and downs.
An example for this is Juventus’ last game in the Serie A where they suffered a 0-1 loss against Napoli. Pirlo’s tactics didn’t work at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. In the second half of the game he picked Weston McKennie, Dejan Kulusevski and Alex Sandro from the bench, but this didn’t lead to the result Juve hoped for.
It remains to be seen if Pirlo is going to make some changes against Porto. Don’t be surprised if Weston McKennie returns to the starting eleven for this trip to Portugal.
That’s the preview for the Champions League game between Porto and Juventus from the Champions League 1/8-finals on Wednesday. The Italians are clearly the favourites here, but Porto could be dangerous. Let’s see.