MotoGP championship leader Maverick Vinales may opt to keep his crash helmet on all weekend for the Italian Grand Prix after backing Real Madrid to win the Champions League. The Argentine, who has drawn inevitable comparisons with Lionel Messi, has scored four goals in 10 European appearances this season. He also suffered injuries recently but has been fit in the final stages of the season.
"He has won nearly everything, except this one and it is weighing down on him".
"It had been many years since Real Madrid had won the Champions League", he added.
However, finding space between the defence and midfield is a far trickier task against Madrid thanks to Casemiro's presence.
Juve will have to overcome a poor record in European finals, while Zidane must mastermind a route through a sturdy Italian defence. Casemiro is another player who gained a regular starting spot after the coach took over, leaving Mateo Kovacic on the bench. He was solid with his marking and precise as ever with his passes, constantly setting up his teammates. In 12 European games this season, Juventus has only conceded three goals and is looking to become the first undefeated champion since Manchester United in 2008.More news: President Trump will withdraw US from Paris climate agreement
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Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (left) and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic (right ).
Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Monaco's Kylian Mbappe are also said to be transfer targets of the Merengues and Real Madrid would realistically sign only one of them with the Frenchman who is said the player on top of Real Madrid's agenda.
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The Portugal forward paced himself like never before this season, skipping several games so he could stay fresh and thrive in the final stretch.
He scored two consecutive hat tricks in the Champions League, one in the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich and another in the semifinals against Atletico Madrid.
Razil global Emerson followed the path of Cannavaro with both players moving to Real Madrid when Juventus were stripped off their titles and demoted to the second tier.