Real Madrid turns its focus to Champions league final

Figo was in Madrid last week to watch Real Madrid being crowned Spanish champions and revealed that his former teammate and now Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was pleased to have won the La Liga but also had one eye on the Champions League.

Earlier in the campaign it had seemed nearly certain that Isco would leave Madrid this summer, as he struggled for game time, but his impressive form in the final months of the campaign has seen him selected by fans voting online as the club's official sponsors player of the season.

It remains uncertain if the coach will have all of his players in top form in Cardiff, as Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal are coming off muscle injuries that kept them from playing in the final stages of the Spanish league. I'll not talk about their strengths or weaknesses.

While he, Buffon and fellow defensive stalwarts Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli are all in their 30s, Chiellini is hopeful this Juve team can continue together in years to come, building on reaching two European finals in three years. After we were able to knock out big teams like Atlético or Bayern, for this reason we deserve to be in the final.

"These extensive security measures, details of which have previously been shared with both the public and the media, will ensure that the UEFA Champions League Final, UEFA Women's Champions League Final, UEFA Champions Festival and all other associated events can be safely enjoyed by all".

Juventus closed their domestic season on Saturday when teenage starlet Moise Kean came off the bench to hit a late victor at Bologna.

Zidane has had a hand in all of Real's last four trips to the final. What do I feel about the game against Real Madrid? If we win, everybody will be happier, but getting here is important. I'm very lucky to be close to them. Perhaps they have a great defensive line, but despite the great defenders, there is always a flaw in each defense.

"For this, I have no doubt that the team's success is down to Zidane and the excellent work he's doing".

"We must be optimistic but it does not seem fair to say that Juventus will be the favourites".

  • Julie Sanders