Last season, both Juventus and Real Madrid locked horns in the final of UEFA Champions League with the hope of achieving something unique. The Serie A Champions were targeting a first European title for their legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who is yet to taste a title victory in Europe's premier competition. Madrid, on the other hand, headed into the final with the aim of becoming only the first team in the modern history to defend their European crown which they won the previous year against city-rival Atletico Madrid. In the end, the specialist as they are called, the Los Blancos ended up winning 4-1 in the final.
Now, this match may have come a round or two earlier than most of the fans or players alike would have wanted, the targets for both these teams remain as unique as always.
Buffon hopes to win the Champions League and hangs his gloves with a heart full of contentment, meanwhile, Madrid have set their sights on becoming the first side to win three titles on the trot.
The host, Juventus, are coming into this match after beating AC Milan 3-1 in Serie A. The win helped the Old Lady extend their unbeaten streak to a massive 25 matches, 21 of those ended in victories. So the home side should be confident to get an advantage in the first leg.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been treading on the uncharted path in La Liga this season. They are sitting 3rd in the table heading into this match, and a massive 13 points behind fiercest rival Barcelona. Even the 4th place finish is far from guaranteed as Valencia are hot on their heels with 62 points, only one point less than the defending La Liga Champions.
Juventus - Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia are both suspended for the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Real Madrid, while Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro, and Rodrigo Bentancur are one booking away from missing the return match.
Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro returned to training on Wednesday but Mario Mandzukic was not able to take part with the rest of his teammates and remains a doubt here.
Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo will return to first-team action after being rested at the weekend. Nacho will likely miss out after coming off in the first half of Saturday's 3-0 win away to Las Palmas. Isco or Marco Asensio are expected to start over Gareth Bale in Turin. Sergio Ramos is a booking away missing the second leg.
Probable XI - Navas (GK), Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo