Juventus coach Allegri: Real Madrid showdown all about focus

Chiellini in action during Juve's 3-1 victory over Milan in Serie A at the weekend

Juve fell to a humbling 4-1 defeat against Zinedine Zidane's side in Cardiff last May and are preparing to do battle for the first time since then in this term's quarter-finals.

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"We've shown so far this season and in recent years that regardless of who plays, we're able to put in very good performances", Modric said.

Allegri has climbed his way from Italy's lower divisions and landed his first Serie A coaching job with Cagliari in 2008, having won promotion to Serie B with Sassuolo the season prior to that. We have positive and negative memories of Cardiff, along with everyone else.

Allegri has prepared his players meticulously for the two-legged tie against the defending champions and believes they have improved this term, but knows they have to be at their best to keep Ronaldo at bay.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri also singled Ronaldo out for particular praise, especially for the way he has transformed his game.

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"At this level if you get distracted for even a second the opponents have such quality that they'll seize on the opportunity immediately". Those two will battle against Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, in what could be something of an old-school centre-back versus centre-forward contest. "It's not easy to change the way you play when you are 30".

"It will be a great evening of football", the coach said. "He's physically in great shape and mentally he's very serene".

He begun his AC Milan career by lifting the Rossoneri to the Scudetto in 2011, their first league title in seven years, and winning 91 of his 178 matches in charge over four seasons, per Transfermarkt. As I said, they are strong everywhere.

"It actually makes me laugh, this talk of two or three midfielders", he said.

"We have basically the whole squad available apart from the two suspended players". It all depends on the willingness of the forwards to drop back and help.

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