I didn't score many, but some were important, says modest Zidane
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 20:32
Real Madrid's irresistible attack slams into Juve's seemingly immovable defence today (kick-off: 20.45) when the free-scoring Spanish aristocrats hope to become the first club to win the Champions League in successive seasons.
As Real Madrid are all set to face Juventus in the final of the UEFA Champions League at Cardiff, the Portuguese worldwide, Ronaldo, now needs one goal to tile with leading scorer of the season Messi.
"We will do everything possible to bring the trophy home again".
"This is a Champions League final and people will try things, but we are focused on ourselves, what we need to do", Marcelo said.
It will be youth against experience as Juventus' Paulo Dybala goes against Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric.
Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas was 39 years and 39 days old when he helped Real Madrid win the European Cup in 1966.
The 32-year-old Portuguese has exploded reports of his demise with stunning hat-tricks against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and Atletico in the last four. "But at the same time, I want to play this game without regrets and without thinking of these issues".
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.
Ronaldo has done well when facing Juventus, having scored five goals in the four matches he played against the Italian champions while with Real Madrid.
"I already admired him as a player", Ronaldo said, "and now I admire him even more as a coach because he's a very positive person - a hard worker and very respectful towards the players".
The attacking line will feature three players, although it would not be unusual to see tactical movements as the game progresses. Every time we have had the chance to fight for a trophy, we have done that.
The Real Madrid star is the only player in the world who scored in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 editions of the European Championship; and in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions of the World Cup.
If Real win on Saturday, Zidane will be the first manager to win back to back European Cups since AC Milan's Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990.
"To me he's one of the greats, like Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo, Xabi Alonso, those who you never hear from, they let their football do the talking". Including his earlier years at Cannes and Bordeaux he totalled 95 goals in 506 club appearances and chipped in an impressive 31 in 108 games for France - a record many worldwide strikers would be proud of.
"We certainly didn't end up in the final by chance but we didn't expect to win".