Champions League: Allegri not worried about Juventus' finals record

Gareth Bale is completely "recovered" ahead of the Champions League final against Juventus but Zinedine Zidane refused to confirm whether the Real Madrid record signing will make his starting line-up on Saturday (3 June).

The overriding feeling in the Spanish media, however, is that Spain midfielder Isco, who has thrived in Bale's absence, scoring five goals and notching three assists in his last eight games, deserves a starting berth over the injury prone Wales global. "I came to this club to play in finals, to win trophies".

All that in only his second season as a coach.

"You never expect to win two finals, never mind three", he said. "Thank you, Zizou, for everything that you have given us and for everything that you are still giving us". I hope we win two in a row, but we do not need that motivation.

"I feel very good, very good, a bit cold, but it's better than having an injury". We'll see on Saturday. The 30-year-old Italy worldwide is also regarded as one of the best ball-playing defenders in world football, showing his skills with a stunning goal against Genoa recently, going on a mazy run from inside his own half. "That's what really matters". A muscle injury kept him from playing in the final stages of the Spanish league, and in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal.

Zidane has had a hand in all of Real's last-four trips to the final.

"It is massively special for me personally, as it is where I was born, where I grew up", said Bale on his impending return to Wales. "But obviously that wasn't the case, I'll live and I'll learn".

"He has had a great season and that he is in the final again is something positive for the old players like Petr Cech and me". They're a solid team and they know how to play both ways. He even convinced Cristiano Ronaldo to skip games and get some rest, something unthinkable in previous seasons.

"If I had to pick out a match on our Champions League run, I'd choose the Barcelona tie", Chiellini said at a press conference. "I'm only interested in that", he said.

Real Madrid C.F. captain Sergio Ramos paid tribute to Juventus "legend" Gianluigi Buffon ahead of the UEFAChampions League final.

Zidane spent five seasons in total with Juventus, winning two Serie A titles before moving to Madrid. Now they both find themselves coaching - Zidane at one of the most successful clubs in the world, and Montero in the high-pressure top league in football-crazy Argentina. Neither club, though, won a league or European Cup with him around. He then took over Madrid's "B" team before earning the chance with the main squad.

"It is fantastic to win the league, but the Champions League is always special to me". It is important that we remain calm and optimistic, negativity brings more negativity. We will prepare for the game together, like always.

And while he remained coy on whether tactical changes could be made for Saturday, defender Giorgio Chiellini underlined: "When it comes to defence, all 11 players are involved".

  • Julie Sanders