UEFA Champions League final : Juventus vs Real Madrid head to head (2014/15)

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Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid will play their own game and not worry about countering Juventus.

As football lovers anticipate to see Juventus take on Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final, some football legends have declared their support for goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

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

"Real are favourites because they are the defending champions", he told the assembled press. "Until the referee blows the whistle for the final time, there's always a chance to change the result, and that's what I always try to keep in mind".

"I have been speaking to some of the current players of Juventus as well as the coaches and top hierarchy and they are all optimistic of victory".

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"We do have trust in our capabilities for tomorrow", Buffon, in his 16th season at Juventus, said.

"We must go into the match with humility", Ronaldo said. These are some of the questions we will be itching to have answered when the game kicks off at 7:45 pm, local time tomorrow. However, this year's final is very different as it looks to be one of the closest finals in recent years.

Assuming, that is, Zidane doesn't revert to habit of playing the big three when fit, after Gareth Bale was declared ready to play, though not at 100 per cent.

"Very close match. It's obvious that anything could happen". Not just in spirit, but also physically. Even though the Premier League is a special league, I have always wanted to stay loyal to Juventus.

The former Ballon d'Or victor was asked by a reporter, tongue in cheek, who would be the star if he and reigning best player in the world Ronaldo were both in the same team. A 4-3-2-1 formation would probably be the most suitable one to counter the formidable 4-3-1-2 formation played by Real Madrid.

"Cristiano Ronaldo", Zidane replied. Higuain has come up big with some important goals and Dybala has fully developed into that world class player that many expected him to become. I play freely. I play on the wing, down the middle. "Growing up in Cardiff and just being a normal Cardiff boy... then seeing massive drawings of you on walls in the street".

Only Arsenal, in 2005-06, reached the final in more miserly fashion, conceding two goals before falling at the final hurdle against Barcelona.

  • Julie Sanders