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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Real Madrid vs Juventus - Competition: UEFA Champions League Final


Date: 3 June 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: National Stadium, Cardiff

Real Madrid might be still under the pressure of the UEFA Champions League finale, for the simple reason that the team has been the best in Europe for the past 11 times, and in the previous three seasons the team won the title of the champion of Europe, so they have just admitted that the Spanish championship is their priority this season and the trophy in La Liga. The team was under great pressure untill the very end there because of Barcelona, ​​and pressure was also present because it has been waiting for this trophy since 2012. They endured all pressures and became the champions, but this does not mean that they do not want a new European title, since they are already in the finals.
Real Madrid had even the toughest path than their opponents because they eliminated: Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Napoli in the semi-finals, which is the only team that managed to defeat them this season in the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid's defence is not the strongest part of the team, but the attack has scored in all matches not only in the UEFA Champions League but also in other competitions and they have already set the new record there. There is also a special motive in this duel because of the elimination in the semi-finals two seasons ago when Juventus defeated them in two duels. The Coach, Zidane, is not having big problems with absences, although it is questionable whether players: Carvajal and Pepe will play, while the recovered Bale will probably stay on the bench.
For many years, Juventus has no real competitor in Italy and they are mainly routinely coming to the title for six years in a row, but this season, they have only confirmed the first place, which they were actually holding for almost the entire championship. The team is not so dominant in the Cup, it is also the best three seasons in a row, so it has only one more thing to win, which is the title of the champions of Europe for which it is waiting for a long time. Juventus played the finals two seasons ago, and they were not able to parry Barcelona, so they were defeated, so the elimination of Barcelona in the 1/4 finals this season was a sort of revenge. Last season, they were eliminated in the round of sixteen, but they did not have the luck because their rival was Bayern Munich.
This season, apart from Barcelona, Juvnetus was better in the knockout stages. Was better than Porto and Monaco in the semi-finals, and what is certainly worth mentioning is that it received only one goal in the six games of the knockout stage, while it received only two goals in the six rounds of the group stage. Overall, Juventus has not lost any games in the UEFA Champions League and has only played three draws. They relaxed a little bit in the finish of Serie A, but not so much to endanger the title. To build their confidence, Juventus team celebrated in the last two matches and since they were able to rest the players, they are entering pretty fresh in the finals in which coach, Allegri, had virtually the strongest forces at his disposal except for the young midfielder, Pjaca.

Real Madrid - Juventus probable lineups: 
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Marcelo, Danilo, Varane, Ramos; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Dani Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain

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