Buffon eyes final 'fairytale' with Juventus

"But at the same time, I want to play this game without regrets and without thinking of these issues".

On the eve of the Champions League Final 2017, we bring you a round-up of some of the stories making the news on Real Madrid as the last of the preparations are made for their confrontation with Juventus.

No team has ever defended their Champion's League trophy in its current format.

With a population of just 350,000, Cardiff is one of the smallest cities to host a Champions League final. This year is different.

It is this defence that has given manager Massimiliano Allegri the conviction that his team are better equipped to handle Real Madrid.

"I don't feel more important than any of the other players because I've lived moments like this".

"I expect an open game on both sides", said the coach bidding to win back-to-back European Cups.

"I've played for Juventus for many, many years".

However, Allegri put up a fresh display when his side played an ultra-attacking 3-4-2-1 formation in the second leg of the team's semifinal against Monaco.

"We're very close to doing it (winning successive finals) and we're the first to be so close to doing it for so many years".

At the heart of that Juventus defence is a guy looking to become the oldest Champions League victor: 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

He also netted a 93rd-minute goal in the European Super Cup final against Sevilla in 2016, again sending the game into extra time and eventually seeing Madrid win the title.

"I'm a young boy even though I'm 39 years old", Buffon said through a translator in Cardiff. "When I think about this long career, in which I have played many years I am grateful".

"All I can do is try to not concede goals, but he is able to determine the outcome of a match much more".

"Of course there will be a lot of interest from top clubs".

It's match day in Cardiff where Juventus and Real Madrid will face off in the Champions League final.

Madrid will be facing a sturdy defence supported by a formidable attacking unit led by Paulo Dybala. He has scored 40 goals so far.

Alves, meanwhile, played down the prospect of becoming the first player in history to win three European Trebles. "It was not just the gift of pure talent". "As captain it would be a dream come true and I could nearly die in peace, hopefully we can bring that cup home with us". "It was the gift of pure talent combined with the will to conquer the world".

The 32-year-old Portugal winger will be playing in the Champions League final for the fifth time in nine years.

"We know all about pressure at Real Madrid", Zidane said. But they are against a set of superstar players who have extraordinary horoscopes starting from captain Sergio Ramos to goalie Keylor Navas.

Do Real Madrid have the deeper squad to win out in this one?

"Compared with the 2015 final in Berlin, our squad has changed in nearly every position".

"Perhaps we not strongly motivated", Allegri said.

Chelsea won the Premier League this term in Conte's first year in charge, but benefited from a lack of midweek European games as their small and settled squad played together regularly and had extra time to ideal the 47-year-old's tactics on the training ground.

  • Leroy Wright