Juventus different to 2015; Allegri warns Real Madrid

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

He's been in sensational form for Juventus this season.

The top European players of the 2016-17 football season get to the field for the final time this season during the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final in Cardiff.

The Real Madrid team they face won last year's edition and have already brushed aside the likes of Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid en route to the final. They left it to the last day as they beat Malaga 2-0.

It will be Buffon's third Champions League final.

Juventus have won only two of their eight European Cup/Champions League finals. I expect an open game on both sides. The 2005 FA Cup final was also the only one of Ronaldo's four visits with United that he didn't score and emerge victorious. Juventus edged the tie 3-2 on aggregate. As they did in 2015, when they lost in the final to Barcelona in Berlin, they have an opportunity to win their first treble. "If I'd already won the Champions League I'd be drained", he said in a recent interview.

"Both teams start at zero", he added.

Real, crowned La Liga champions for the first time since 2012 last week, are the favourites after banging in 32 goals in 12 games in the competition this season. Not only do they allow few goals, but they concede very little shots on target.

Ramos scored a 93rd-minute equalizer in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid to extend the game into extra time. My role is to defend and his is to attack.

Real knocked out city rivals Atletico with a 4-2 aggregate win and are looking to defend the title they won past year.

The Champions League Final is nearly here: a rematch of the 1998 Champions League Final played in Amsterdam, the champions of Spain versus the champions of Italy. Can miserly Juventus shackle freewheeling Real Madrid?

Ronaldo has gotten the best of Buffon so far, scoring five goals in his four games against the Italy goalkeeper. We practised a lot of tactics, also (worked on) fitness and running.

Wherever you look there is talent and big-game experience on display and it really is anyone's guess how the game might pan out.

Beneath a closed roof at the Principality Stadium - a first for a Champions League final - a classic contest beckons. "I haven't broken so many records by accident".There is another prize at stake for the Portuguese captain, the chance to win the Ballon d'Or award for the fifth time and catch up with Lionel Messi, his arch rival.Despite Ronaldo missing nine La Liga games in total, Madrid didn t miss a beat, winning every single one to edge out Barcelona and claim a first league title in five years.Ronaldo will always be known as the man who, after outgrowing the Premier League, came to Madrid - a footballing juggernaut to the degree where they almost come across as aristocratic - and transcended the kind of fame even the biggest of footballers normally received. Bale will of course be keen to play a key part in his home country. He may have to sit this game out and watch as Isco, 25, takes his place.

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