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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri told his team to «keep calm» after Sunday’s 1-0 Serie A loss to Roma, in which they hit the post on three separate occasions and saw Moise Kean being sent off in less than a minute after coming on as a substitute. That ended a seven-game unbeaten run (W6, D1) which helped them advance to the UEFA Europa League (UEL) round of 16 so they will hope to bounce back immediately when they take on Freiburg.

With no chance of a league title following their 15-point deduction for financial irregularities, this is one of two remaining chances for Juventus to win a trophy this season, in addition to the Coppa Italia. Their chances could increase if they maintain the calm Allegri has called for, having never lost a home game at UEL (W5, D7), while being unbeaten in their last four home games against German opposition (W2, D2).

Freiburg cannot be taken lightly as they are on a five game unbeaten run (W3, D2), although they were unable to turn the one man advantage they had against Borussia Mönchengladbach over the weekend (D 0 -0). Manager Christian Streich described parts of that match as «hectic» before admitting he was happy with the goalless draw at the end.

Ranked fifth in the Bundesliga and therefore with the possibility of appearing in European competition again next season, this is the first time that Freiburg has appeared in a tournament of this nature during the spring and, although it is not surprising, it is the first time facing an Italian rival. However, they are unbeaten in three UEL away games this season (G2, E1), including a remarkable 4-0 win against Nantes – that was one more goal than Juventus could score against the same opponent in France last month.

Players to watch: Ángel Di María has scored four goals in Juventus’ last four games, including a hat-trick against Nantes. Freiburg’s Italian winger Vincenzo Grifo will be looking to have a similar effect against some of his compatriots, with four of his last six goals coming before the 30th minute.

Notable fact: Juventus have lost just one of their last 12 home games played on a Thursday (W7, D4).