Fit-again Bale creates Champions League final dilemma

If Madrid lifts the trophy for the record-extending 12th time, a team will finally have defended a Champions League title. "We know the history of Real Madrid and we will give everything".

On the other hand, the recently crowned Italian champions have gathered a fair range of appreciation with their impenetrable defence and great counter-attacking abilities. When you lose a final you find yourself back there in your mind and you'd love to play it again.

"We didn't feel confident enough because we'd had struggles in the Champions League for a number of years".

The Italian stopper, 39, has won a host of Serie A and Coppa Italia titles, as well as the Uefa Cup and even the World Cup.

Los Blancos will lock horns with Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.

It's a final and finals are there to be won. Buffon has not just been appreciated and backed by his teammates for the Ballon d'Or but the likes of Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann have also commended his performance. What's more, he'll have done it his way, shying away from expensive signings last summer in favour of a, dare it be said, Barcelona-like approach of trusting the club's academy players, the likes of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.

"All I can do is try to not concede goals, but he is in better position to determine the outcome of a match", Buffon said. "But on Saturday we need to win and we need to understand when will be the moments to attack and when to defend", Allegri told a news conference on Friday.

However, this year, Juventus have already proved their mettle and have eliminated Barca enroute the final.

"I know that in July you will come to play round these parts and I'll go visit". We are proud to have him in charge of this hard dressing room. The addition of Dani Alves in the squad from Barcelona on a free transfer has made things tougher for the opponents.

With 10 goals to his name, he needs one more to equal Messi's tally in this season's competition and become a Champions League top scorer for the fifth season running. I have seen that many times in my life.

Fans still wanting to watch the Champions League final are being charged hefty amounts of money by ticket scalpers. Even after being gifted with great footwork, the player has often been criticised for being inconsistent and had always found difficulties in making to the team's starting eleven.

"We have to play the final and be completely satisfied with our attitude on the pitch. I m enjoying it all", Zidane said. "Unfortunately for me, I can't do that, but I'm happy they can". "When he has to play he always does his job".

Juventus haven't triumphed in the Champions League since the 1995/96 season when they beat Ajax on penalties in the Stadio Olimpico, Rome.

As well as becoming the first team to retain the trophy since Arrigo Sacchi's all-conquering AC Milan in 1990, Madrid can complete their first Liga and European Cup double since the 1957-58 season.

  • Julie Sanders