Juventus seek what Zidane failed to deliver for them


Only Zinedine Zidane's former club, Juventus stand between the Real Madrid coach and football history in today's star-studded Champions League final in Cardiff.

Just 12 months after conquering their 11th European title Real Madrid will have the chance to win back-to-back, something never achieved by any team since this format was adopted back in 1992.

"Very close match. It's obvious that anything could happen".

The most coveted prize in club football is up for grabs tonight when defending champions Real Madrid face Juventus at the National Stadium in Wales. "You have to outthink them". But he is expected to be fully fit for the final in Cardiff.

Ramos knows what it takes to succeed on the grandest stage after playing in Real's two most recent European triumphs and the Spain defender has challenged his team-mates to embrace the historic implications of beating Juventus. "Many people think about my very long career".

"What's most important for me is he wants to win".

BB: 1-1 - Juventus in penalties.

"Bale's very fast, has great speed and in open field he's devastating", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Buffon remains the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

"We will play the game with confidence". Casemiro for Los Blancos.

Were there any comparisons to be drawn with Inter's 2010 treble-winning campaign. "They have this, but not just this".

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is the man for the big occasion. They are more than capable of attacking. The fees are in line with their contribution. However, if one looks at the number of trophies as the credential to be called a European great, Real clearly outscore the Italian outfit with their unbelievable eleven European trophies.

Matt Jenkins: Crack Juve's defensive wall with strong passing in the final third.

Madrid has been performing at approximately the same level as they were under Carlo Ancelotti and even the unloved Rafa Benitez.

"Cristiano Ronaldo", Zidane replied. "I assessed our players' strengths and I tried to put them on the pitch in their favorite positions and I also tried to encourage our attacking skills".

Real Madrid appears slightly weaker than their conquering sides of 2014 and 2016.

I see Juventus as the favourites.

The future is bright in Madrid.

Indeed, this season Juventus played 71 per cent of the time with players past their peak.

The 34-year-old Alves, the sharp right back who joined Juventus from Barcelona this season, will be seeking his fourth trophy in Europe's top club competition.

"Each one can give their own opinion", he said.

"There's more conviction. Since Berlin, we've grown a lot - everyone - and that's reassuring", he said. "That means there's 40 per cent randomness involved in a game". The team who deserves to win a match, based on the quality of their performance, actually only wins the game 60 per cent of the time.