In the first matchday of Group G of the Champions League, Dynamo Kyiv will take on Juventus at home with the best possible goal to retain at least one point. This is not easy to achieve and most likely they will not be able to achieve this goal. Watch the live broadcast of this match at 4:55 PM Tue 20th Oct on BT Sport 1
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Dynamo Kyiv’s supporters had to wait four years to see their players walk on the grass of Europe’s most prestigious tournament. the runner-up of the domestic league and excellent against the qualifiers. However, Dynamo Kyiv will certainly have to go through a turbulent journey when the opponents in the same group are contenders for the championship.
In the face of high-class names as Barcelona or Juventus, Dynamo Kyiv will be hard to dream of a ticket to the next stage that was still out of reach, Dynamo Kyiv used to be one of the brighter names in the skies of Europe but over the years they have no longer been themselves. At the domestic playground they are also somewhat inferior to FC Shakhtar Donetsk, while they play in Europe such as the Champions League then their ability to compete for the next ticket is not appreciated. Even so, an impressive performance in the domestic arena will give the Ukrainian representative mental comfort ahead of the Juventus reception.
Dynamo Kyiv was the runners-up in Ukraine last season, a feat that has been a common achievement in recent seasons as Shakhtar Donetsk have played too steadily. None of this traditionally rich Ukrainian team has reached the Champions League group stage, where they have left many marks. However, Dynamo Kyiv is no longer as strong as it was 20 years ago and the quality of their squad is now much inferior to the top European teams. That’s why against Juventus at home, a point would be a success but the likelihood is they won’t be able to get what they need.
With 14 points, Dynamo Kyiv is top of the standings and two points clear of arch-rivals Shakhtar Donetsk. Obviously, this result gives Dynamo Kyiv’s fans the right to hope to overthrow their opponents’ dominance at the Ukrainian league in recent years. Mircea Lucescu’s team currently has a 10-match unbeaten streak, including eight wins. After a somewhat silverware draw against Zorya at home, Dynamo Kyiv quickly regained himself with a 2–0 win over Rukh Vynnyky in the last round. With this form, Dynamo Kyiv is also excited to go on the journey in the Champions League. With limited power, Dynamo Kyiv knew that 3rd place was the most suitable goal they could aim for. At home, Dynamo Kyiv has been unbeaten in his last six away games, including three wins and three draws. Juventus, though, are a different challenge than their previous defeats.
Juventus remain the defending Serie A champions as they have in recent seasons, their goal in the Champions League being nothing more than the title, which the team currently managed by manager Andrea Pirlo has longed for for more than 20 years. To begin that journey, a win over Dynamo Kyiv in the opening match is essential, the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo is a big loss but perhaps it does not affect the italian team’s ability to win because the opponent is a much weaker name. Juventus are still in relatively stable form at the start of this season. After the first four rounds in Serie A, coach Andrea Piro won two and drew two. The most notable of these was the match in which The Old Lady was handled against Napoli due to her opponent not coming to the stadium. The result left the Allianz hosts temporarily in fifth place in the standings with eight points. In the Champions League, juventus will have to compete fiercely with Barcelona, so victory over weak opponents such as Dynamo Kyiv is a must for them.
The two teams have not had a chance to meet in major and minor leagues. In this match, despite having to play on the opponent’s field, Andrea Pirlo will have a relatively easy win against Dynamo Kyiv in all aspects. In terms of force, Juventus received some extremely unhappy news when Ronaldo confirmed covid 19. This will be a huge loss by the time the Champions League returns. However, against weak opponents such as Dynamo Kyiv, the rest of the team can win boldly. Dynamo Kyiv’s previous performances have been much lower than Juventus’s. Juventus will be a real test of manager Mircea Lucescu’s ambitions in the continental arena. Bravery as well as experience in the most prestigious arena on the continent, the same level of the top Italian team will be what makes Juventus win almost in the hands of the striped team. The Asian level of 0.5 is too low for the difference between the two teams, so Juventus will not be difficult to bring joy to the golden continent players.
Ronaldo’s absence will more or less affect the attacking power of the away side along with his sharp attacking style especially in the last draw with Crotone. Dynamo Kyiv has scored well against his opponents in recent years, so even if the defence is not really sure, Dynamo Kyiv still has positive results. On the other side, andrea Pirlo’s last six games have ended with at least three goals scored. However, having to travel long distances will cause the away team to have physical problems, plus the loss of personnel, the possibility that Juventus will be difficult to play explosively in this match on Ukrainian .
Dynamo Kiev: Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Karavaev; Buyalskyi, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsyhankov, de Pena, Supriaha
Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini; Bernardeschi, Bentancur, Arthur, Cuadrado; Kulusevski ; Morata, Chiesa