Champions League Final: Real Can Deal With Pressure, Says Zidane
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 16:38
He will face his former side Real Madrid in Cardiff today, but there will be no sympathy for them from the 29-year-old.
If Juve are to win they will need to keep Real Madrid's lethal strikeforce including Ronaldo at bay.
Juventus defender Dani Alves, perhaps inspired by his many years spent with Real's arch rivals Barcelona, did look into the past as he dragged up the 1998 final between Real and Juventus which was decided for the Spaniards by a hotly-debated Predrag Mijatovic goal.
Juventus, who have lost four finals since winning the tournament for a second time in 1996, are seeking to complete the first treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Cup crowns in their history.
The Bianconeri's previous attempt to claim all three trophies in the same season fell at the final hurdle in 2015, with Pirlo part of the side that suffered a 3-1 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League showpiece in Berlin.
Ronaldo is eyeing his fourth Champions League title at Real Madrid and manager Zidane admitted that the Portuguese's ability, goals and leadership on the pitch means he is on a different level to him from his own playing days.
"It would be great joy", Buffon said Friday inside the Millennium Stadium. Well if I score tomorrow, do not come looking for me ... "That will not bother us at all, people can say whatever they want. I play whenever I think I should".
Spanish global Isco shone in Bale's absence as Real secured their first La Liga title since 2012, and manager Zidane remained coy on his selection headache at his final pre-match press conference in Cardiff. "There's nothing better in life than getting your reward, because you know how hard you've worked, how much you've sweated for it, and with teammates who've worked even more to get it".
The Real Madrid players have real chances to break the barriers of the strong defence of Juventus and produce heart-stopping goal (s).
Zidane was also confident there would be goals on Saturday and dismissed the widely-touted view of the game as Real's effervescent attack against Juve's rugged defence. As I was saying last week they are two players who can play together.
"We hope he will be here for a long time because we have won many trophies". But I'm enjoying it. It's a final, it's one game. "It's really something attractive to play a final". Each team is going to play their own game and we know we're up against a great side. I've experienced it as a player and as a coach. To replace a legendary goalkeeper like Buffon is also some big boots to fill and it wouldn't be too surprising to see Juventus make a move for another goalkeeper in the near future if they are planning to replace the veteran with the Arsenal ace.