Were the Juventus v Real Madrid starting line-ups in this semi-final the best ever?

Juventus and Real Madrid are two of Europe’s football institutions.

When you think of the biggest clubs in the continent, you’re bound to reel off these two teams in your top five.

Real Madrid have won 12 European Cups, for crying out loud. Juventus have dominated Italian football over the years (most recently winning their sixth successive title last season) and have won Europe’s elite competition twice.

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Back in 2002-03 season, both teams were on another level when it came to their starting line-ups. Juventus were watertight at the back with the likes of Lilian Thuram and Paolo Montero, but they were lethal in attack, thanks to Pavel Nedved, Alessandro del Piero and David Trezeguet.

Real Madrid had a world-class player in pretty much every position, from Iker Casillas in goal, to Zinedine Zidane in midfield, and Raul up top. It was one of the most hotly-anticipated semi-finals in Champions League history. One for the purists.

Here’s Juventus’ starting XI:

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That defence though.

And Real Madrid’s wasn’t half bad either. In fact, it was pretty spectacular:

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The game didn’t disappoint either. Juve rattled Real Madrid’s Galacticos from the off, with Trezeguet opening the scoring.

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Del Piero scored Juve’s second with an utter beauty, when he tormented the Real defence before rifling home.

If you’re wondering where the mighty Ronaldo Nazario was, he came off the bench to win a penalty, which Luis Figo duly missed.

But the finest goal of the night came from Nedved, who latched onto a ball over the top and volleyed past a helpless Casillas. Poetry in motion.

Watch the highlights here:

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