Real Madrid, Juventus vie for Champions League title in Cardiff
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 23:11
The Frenchman was speaking ahead of Real's Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff tonight as the club looks to retain the trophy and, in doing so, claim a 12th European Cup. For Cristiano Ronaldo, a triumph would be his fourth on the European stage (three with Real), which would bring him level with individual rival Lionel Messi.
Juventus will aim to win the silverware for the first time in over 20 years, especially for their star goalkeeper and legend Gianluigi Buffon.
Ronaldo has been in transcendent form once again this season, reaching 400 career goals for Real as the team won the Spanish title for the first time in five years.
Boss Zinedine Zidane, who played for opponents Juventus between 1996 and 2001, said: "We know all about pressure at Real Madrid". 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 global strikers would be proud of.
A beaten finalist in 2003 and 2015, the 39-year-old Italy great dreams of adding the ultimate club honour to the World Cup winner's medal he collected in 2006. I'm not thinking about who we're facing.
To prevail, Juve must shed their status of perennial Champions League bridesmaids, having finished runners-up on a record six occasions and lost their last four finals.
For Juventus, a Treble is on the horizon.
Finally, the day has come.
"There's more conviction. Since Berlin, we've grown a lot - everyone - and that's reassuring", he said. "I will feel lucky when I sit in the dug-out on Saturday".
Real Madrid are quite good, you see, and have some terribly talented players - winning trophies is the very least you'd expect from their coach.
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