Zinedine Zidane giving nothing away about Gareth Bale ahead of Cardiff final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 16:18
"We were proud from the first day he came to our team".
Real Madrid's offensive firepower is legendary, having scored in every one of their last 70 competitive matches.
It looks to be the unstoppable force against the immovable object, but something has to give and Buffon hopes it is the Bianconeri's poor record on the biggest stage.
Get 40/1 enhanced odds on Real Madrid to beat Juventus in the Champions League final. A flawless set-up for an enthralling encounter. "It s really something lovely to play a final". And if the past is anything to be believed in, Real Madrid stand clear favourites. Our awareness of our own ability has gone up.
The team's outspoken captain, Ramos has gotten used to scoring late goals for Madrid. In an interview to Real Madrid TV, Ramos said: "We had to suffer a lot when other teams won and it's true that we enjoy it now".
"I'm quite pleased that some people seem to think it's a duel between us but it's not reality".
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. Juventus are a unsafe team with Chiellini, Barzagli and Bonucci all trying to score off set pieces.
"I think if there is a roof, it was obviously built to be used", said sanguine Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has lost Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015. Dybala joined Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic in a trio sitting just behind Gonzalo Higuain, while Miralem Pjanic has been behind them alongside Sami Khedira. "For us he's a key component of our team". "The way we approach the game, whether it's Real Madrid, Barcelona or Monaco, is always the same and that's something I am happy with".
"Two finals in three years is an important step but it is not enough", he said.
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach How we're going to tackle tomorrow's game is with total tranquility and serenity. "It would be the flawless final [to win in Cardiff] and people do like fairy-tales". But they get the job done almost every time, whether it is confidence or just a sense of entitlement having won 11 of 14 finals and all of their last five.
Yet while Ronaldo's infectious confidence will sweep through Zidane's side, Serie A title winners Juventus are unbeaten in Europe this season and are going to their second final in three years having conceded only three goals.
"We have to win and we must be tough, technically and tactically".
As far as the squads that would grace Millennium Stadium's pitch on Saturday, both teams are expected to field their maximum strength.
Juve will complete an incredible Treble if they can stop Cristiano Ronaldo & Co in Cardiff, where Gareth Bale is likely to be a super sub back on home soil while Madrid are trying to retain the trophy.
"It's not only mentally, of course, they have to be ready physically too". Pepe is still out injured which would mean Raphael Varane starts alongside Sergio Ramos.
The Italian champions suffered a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona when they faced the Spanish giants in the 2015 final in Berlin.
A head coach for only 17 months, Zidane has had a hand in Madrid's ninth, 10th and 11th Champions League triumphs - as a player, assistant coach and boss.