UEFA Champions League preview: Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv

Juventus 4-0 Lecce Juventus edging closer towards Serie A title win

Stadium: NSC Olympiyskiy

Dynamo Kyiv will host Serie A Champions Juventus  in their first match of the Champions League group stage.

Key Statistics

  • Juventus are undefeated in their last four games against Kyiv in UCL, winning three and drawing once.
  • Juventus have won all of their four previous Champions League group stage games while winning 21 of the last 33 outings.
  • Kyiv have progressed to the knockouts only once from their last 13 group stages, doing it in 2015/16 season.


Juventus are coming on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against Crotone.

Pirlo’s start to managerial life at Turin is neither convincing, having won only one of three league games so far.

However, it is still good to see the youngsters – likes of Dejan Kulusevski, Federico Chiesa and Portanova – making good impressions.

Juve will be once again without Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston McKennie as they are recovering from the Coronavirus.

Juventus – Possible line-up

Szczęsny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cuadrado, Rabiot, Bentancur, Ramsey, Kulusevski; Morata, Dybala

Unavailable players

De Ligt (shoulder), Ronaldo (illness), McKennie (illness), Alex Sandro (thigh)

Lucescu was my first coach, he took me to the first team at 15. I have a wonderful memory of him; I will thank him forever. It will be a good challenge between us tomorrow.

Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach

Dynamo Kyiv

Kyiv will look to make the most of group stage games, having not qualified in the last four seasons.

Kyiv ended up second behind Shakhtar Donetsk last season but are off to a good start in Ukrainian Premier League this term, winning four of their six matches so far.

Viktor Tyshankov has already bagged three goals in the league while he was also on target for his national team during the Nations League win against Spain.

Kyiv Possible line-up

Bushchan; Kędziora, Zabarnyi, Popov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Buyalskiy, De Pena; Supryaha

Unavailable players

Tymchyk (adductor)

He is an outstanding player who can make a difference. If he doesn’t score, he is not himself. Of course, with him on the pitch, Juventus are stronger.

Mircea Lucescu on Cristiano Ronaldo