Ronaldo's Men The Real Deal

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Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in two Champions League games. Image courtesy of eurosport.com
Just two matchdays in to Group B and Real Madrid has already put some distance between it and the chasing pack, and they could move a step closer to sewing up top place in the group with victory over the team seen as the main challenger, Juventus , on Thursday morning (AEST).

Real has been completely untroubled in its first two matches thrashing Galatasaray 6-1 before easily accounting for FC Copenhagen 4-0 . Cristiano Ronaldo already has five goals to his credit after he was the leading goalscorer in last year’s competition with 12 strikes. Record signing Gareth Bale should see time on the pitch off the bench as he continues his return from a thigh injury and he was part of the squad that beat Malaga 2-0 at the weekend. Xabi Alonso is back at training after suffering a broken foot but he is unlikely to feature this week.

Juve finds itself in a real scrap for second place after taking just two points from its first two encounters. In stark contrast to its Spanish opponent, the Turin-based side could only manage draws against the other two teams in the group. The Zebras let slip a two-goal lead against Fiorentina in their Serie A clash at the weekend conceding four goals in the final 25 minutes. It was the black and whites’ first loss of the season.

Last time Juventus visited the Bernabeu in the group stage of the Champions League, Alessandro Del Piero scored both goals in a 2-0 victory back in 2008. Real was undefeated at home last season in the Champions League winning four to go with two draws . Juventus started last season’s competition slowly with three straight draws before qualifying for the next stage with three victories. A 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a 3-0 victory over the Blues at home show Juve steps it up against top-line opposition.

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