UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid has depleted defense for second leg against Juventus

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Published: April 10, 2018 5:06:34 pm


Sergio Ramos picked up a suspension in the first leg against Juventus. (Source: Reuters)

Scoring hasn’t been a problem for Real Madrid recently, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form. But the European champions could have issues in defense when they host Juventus in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Madrid will try to protect its three-goal advantage from the first leg with coach Zinedine Zidane unable to use his best players in central defense.

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is suspended and his immediate substitute, Nacho Fernandez, is out injured. Raphael Varane just returned from injury, and the other central defender in the squad, 21-year-old Jesus Vallejo, is not fully fit and it remains unclear if he will be able to make it to the match at Santiago Bernabeu…

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