Player guide for Champions League holder Real Madrid

May 30, 2017, 05:39
Player guide for Champions League holder Real Madrid

Our team is really strong and my dream is to win the trophy. FILE - In this May 9, 2017 file photo Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, Monaco's Radamel Falcao, center, and Juventus' Dani Alves challenge for the ball during the Champions League semi-final second leg socc. But he was decisive when Madrid needed him the most, setting up Isco's important away goal in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid. At 36, Barzagli is the oldest of the three, but the World Cup victor is still regarded as one of the best and most consistent defenders of his generation. Casemiro is another player who gained a regular starting spot after the coach took over, leaving Mateo Kovacic on the bench.

In Amsterdam 12 months later, Juve were at their third final in as many years having secured Serie A glory domestically.

"It was a historical first, but it was right to give Yashin his award", Riverai recently said in an interview with Corriere della Sera. A powerful runner, he can beat opponents one-on-one and helps create chances.

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"It's not because he isn't as physically fit, but because he wants to head into the final stage of the season, when everything is at stake, in top form".

Allegri, whose Juve suffered defeat to Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final, has also tried to shift some of the pressure off his team by branding Madrid as favourites, although he does believe his side will be better prepared for this game than they were in Berlin two years ago.

But, he has failed to enjoy an injury-free season at the club and has contributed just nine goals this campaign.

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The 32-year-old praised Zidane for his management of the Madrid squad, admitting that the Real team is not an easy one to work with and keep happy.

Real, meanwhile, won the trophy in 2014 and again last season, beating city rivals Atletico in the final on each occasion. "It will be a attractive final between two big teams in the world and I just hope that Real Madrid can win this awesome trophy", Figo said on the sidelines of the Premier Futsal announcement in Dubai, on Sunday.

Pjanic was also asked about facing Los Merengues, who are the holders of the trophy having beaten Atletico Madrid at San Siro previous year.

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