1 last doubt for Zidane: Creative Isco or overpowering Bale?

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

Bale is hugely motivated to play because the final is in Cardiff.

Playing in the Champions League final in his hometown of Cardiff was a dream for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale but there is popular clamour in Spain for the club's record signing to sit out Saturday's showpiece to make way for in-form Isco.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has insisted the club do not have a magic recipe for success as they look to win a third Champions League title in four years.

He scored a breath-taking solo goal to win the 2014 King's Cup against Barcelona and headed his side in front for the first time in their 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final.


Here's the best bets ahead of the weekend's action. "We play against a great rival like Juve, who has many world-class players and are expecting a very hard game, as always against Italian teams". It promises to be a fascinating duel between one team built on a stoic defence and another built on attacking finesse.

"It was a lovely, unique thing personally for me to score the goal to win the European Cup", Mijatovic told AFP at a sun-drenched Santiago Bernabeu as big screens were mounted to beam back Saturday's final in Cardiff to fans back in the Spanish capital. "They've got that big-game know-how so I can see them running out as winners".

The return speaks for itself, with 13 goals in his last nine appearances and the lowest number of games played in a single campaign since missing a large chunk of 2009/10 through injury. He also was a starter in last season's final. They struggled at times against mediocre opposition in Group F but have been excellent since the knockout stages began.

"We showed all season that no matter who plays, we play well".


"The final is won by scoring goals".

Juventus can not be written off, however. "We had a lot of pressure on us".

To do so Massimiliano Allegri's men must also end a run of losing four straight finals. "You give everything you have, but at the first mistake you make, you get booed, that's not right". They are 19/10 with bet365.

The stadium employs 900 people, boasts 112 VIP areas with 48 bars.For Saturday's match, the Real Madrid support will be located in the north stand with the "Bianconeri tifosi" seating in the south stand all under the roof of the ground normally known as the Principality Stadium, but due to UEFA regulations the stadium will be known as the National Stadium during the tenure of the European football governing body in the Welsh capital.


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