Los Blancos take on Juventus in Turin on Tuesday evening in their Champions League semi-final first-leg, but Real Madrid’s record against Italian sides isn’t the best over the years - and they will have to be at their best if they’re to change the course of recent history.
AC Milan knocked Real out of the European Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 thrashing back in the 1988/89 campaign, and the next season in 1989/90, the Italian side did it again, this time in the Round of 16.
In 1991/92, it was Torino who added to Real’s woes, when they knocked the Spanish giants out of the UEFA Cup in the semi-final return leg, after losing the first leg 2-0 in Spain.
The Turin club knocked Real out of the European Cup three times, with the first being in the quarter-finals in 1995/96, the second being in the 2002/2003 semi-finals, and the third coming in the last 16 of the 2004/05 campaign.
The last club to join Real’s Italian blacklist is Roma, when they knocked out the Galacticos in the 2007/08 season in the Champions League Round of 16.
So, what does this tell us? Real have lost seven times in two-legged cup ties against Italian teams since 1989!
I think that Real probably have one of the strongest teams in Europe this season, and one man can change the course of history by himself - and that man is Cristiano Ronaldo.
What do you think will happen when Juventus host Real Madrid on Tuesday night?